Alli Webb knows a thing or two about good hair. The hairstylist and founder of Drybar, which currently boasts 70 locations, was designed with one simple premise in mind: to offer just amazing blowouts and no other hair services. But when it comes to DIY blowouts at home, Webb says there are a few things that women do wrong that are the reasons why so many women constantly say, “My hair never looks good when I do it myself.”
For starters, Webb says the biggest mistake that’s made is a fairly obvious one: Women don’t take their time. “It takes about 30 to 45 minutes for a stylist to blow out and style your hair at Drybar,” adds Webb. “But at home, it takes most people a lot less time for the simple fact that they don’t section out their hair.” And not sectioning your hair into one to two inch sections makes a huge difference. “When you blowout your hair in big clumpy sections, you can’t really get that smooth blowout that you get when it’s professionally done.”
You May Also Like: The 8 Products You Need to Fake a Blowout
While sectioning is important—as is using the right products and brushes—Webb goes on to say that failing to work the dryer and brush properly is the second most common mistake. “If you want to create curls with a brush, you need to use a smaller brush and work the hair in vertical sections to get that look. On the flipside, if you want your hair smooth and big, you need to work in horizontal section and nozzle the dryer down the shaft, which make the cuticle lay down and make it nice and shiny,” she says. “But always, you need to dry your hair all the way from the root down to the ends. It’s just about practice and putting aside the time.”
For those hard-to-reach areas that you just can’t smooth out with a brush and dryer, Webb says a mini straightening iron, like the new Drybar The Tiny Tress Press ($49) is a must for getting at those baby hairs, root frizz or little curls that pop up.
Once you’ve gotten your hair to look the way you want it to, regardless of whether you do it yourself or have it professionally done, Webb says to preserve the look and make it last as long as possible by sleeping on a satin pillowcase. “Not only is it good for your skin but it makes a big difference in your hair. Cotton roughs up the hair. But when you sleep on satin your hair literally glides over the fabric and doesn’t create any friction so it keeps your blowout in better shape.”
Before you hit the sack, Webb offers this helpful piece of advice—one we had never heard of before and never thought of ourselves, either. “Use dry shampoo preventively. Before you go to bed spray some at your roots and on the hair underneath and along your neck so your hair doesn’t get so sweaty,” says Webb. “Then, wrap your hair in High Tops ($10) Velcro rollers on top of your head and spray it with some dry shampoo so that you don’t get that split in the back of your hair. In the morning, you won’t get that indent in the back of your head when you wake up.”
And there you have it—the secret to a good hair day every day.