Let me just throw this out there now…I am not a hair girl.

I have thin, fine hair that seriously lacks bounce + volume…among other things. Over the years, I’ve spent countless hours [and dollars] trying to figure out how to give it a little life. And I eventually did! I’ve discovered a few fabulous tools, tricks, and products that have definitely made blow drying my hair so much easier!


Today, I’m going to share some of my go-to products/tools, as well as two of my latest faves with you!

For flat hair like mine, a mousse and a root lifter are essential. I’ve been loyal to the Garnier Fructis Sky-Hi Volume Mousse + the John Frieda Root Awakening spray for a couple years now.

I apply the mousse to my damp hair, and then apply the root awakening [lifting sections + spraying under the hair].
At Beautycon, I received a blow dry bodifying treatment + a root lifting mousse spray from Garnier. Since I am a huge fan of their products to begin with, I couldn’t wait to give them a try!


I decided to [attempt to] photograph the process. WARNING: TRYING TO PHOTOGRAPH YOURSELF BLOW DRYING YOUR OWN HAIR IS RIDICULOUSLY DIFFICULT. So I apologize in advance for the poor quality of these pictures, but hey – we’re keeping it real + you’ll get the point! 😉

After washing your hair, divide into sections and spray the root lifting mousse under each part. Use your hands to mix the product into your hair.

root lifting mousse

Then take a small “chickpea-ish” sized amount of the blow-dry formula + comb it through your hair with your fingers.


Once the product is in your hair,  flip your head over + blow dry, focusing on the the roots, until it’s about 85%-90% dry.

Then… insert my secret weapon!

hair brush

The John Frieda Hot Air Brush! It’s essentially a round brush with the blow dryer built in! No more hot tool juggling! 🙂

Here we have the money shots illustrating what to do next LOL…

1) Start with mostly blow dried hair. 2) Clip the top, choose section of hair, place air brush underneath + comb through. Be sure to curl the brush towards the end. Repeat on the same piece (alternating placing of the brush under + over) until it feels dry + looks smoothed out.

1) Start with mostly blow dried hair.

2) Clip up the top portion, choose section of hair, place air brush underneath + comb through. Repeat on the same piece (alternating placing of the brush under + over) until it feels dry.

3) Be sure to curl the brush towards the end to get a little bounce. Hair should look smoothed out.

4) Take down another section of hair + repeat steps 2-3 until finished.

5) Ta-da!

super smooth
Flip your hair around + run your fingers through it. It should be super smooth and bouncy!
Sneak peek of my OOTD
Sneak peek of Tuesday’s OOTD!

And that’s it! Super simple way to get that *almost* fresh from the salon look! Because let’s be honest, there’s nothing like the real thing! 😉

Have you ever used these Garnier Fructis products before?

Do you have a hot air brush?


15 comments on “The Perfect Blowout at Home”

  1. Love this post girl!! I have the same problem with my hair! It is so thin and lacks volume. I don’t usually blow dry my hair…lazy haha! But I totally need to start trying. I have those products, but they are just sitting on my shelf. I am totally going to use them now!! Thanks so much for this detailed post on how to achieve a blowout!! Love the pictures as always lol!

    • HAHA these pictures are embarrassing, but whatever! No time [or people] to help photograph them in time! Gotta do what you’ve gotta do! I do love these new products though. I used them on Tuesday AM, haven’t washed my hair yet + it’s definitely not as greasy as it’d normally be. I’m a huge fan thus far — def try them out! XO 🙂

  2. Great post! I also have very fine lifeless hair! I have tried and loved Garnier Fructis products before, but not these ones specifically. I always worry using to much product will make my hair look greasy! Final photos look awesome, definitely salon fresh 🙂

    • Thanks, girl! 🙂 Huge fan of these products so far — I have the same worries about using too many products, but my hair actually held up a bit longer than it normally does. I washed/styled it on Tuesday + haven’t since! It’s getting a little greasy [messy bun Friday] but it’s not that bad at all! I’m definitely impressed! XO

  3. Wow! Your hair looks amazing!

    Okay, I’m so behind the times when it comes to hair tools. A hot air brush?! That sounds awesome!

    I went to Ulta for the first time in my life a couple weeks ago with my best friend. I saw so many things that I never knew existed…odd convoluted wavy things, curling rods that rotated, blow torches the brushes attached…😂

    I’m waiting for someone to invent a contraption that styles your hair for you, hands free. 😂 Probably will be here in 2017.

    • HAHAHA!! You’re too funny!!! How’d you like Ulta!? Isn’t it the best…super dangerous store though, you could spend hours browsing. Also — a touch-free hairstyling tool sounds perfect to me, I’d pre-order mine today! Thank you so much for the compliment! Honestly, my Mom had a hot air brush + convinced me to try it a couple years ago – I was immediately sold! I am really not that great at doing my own hair, but this helps SO so much! It cuts back on my use of hot tools too, I feel like when I blow it out with the brush, it’s smooth/styled enough that I’ll pass on the flat iron!

      Thanks so much for reading! XOXO

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