The '8-Brush Blowout.' It's A Thing + Diana Invented It For Smooth, Shiny, Humidity-Proof Locks
Admittedly I look a little scary executing my signature '8-Brush Blowout.' Let's put it this way: I've literally drawn screams from my former NYC building super, as well as my husband, who unfortunately captured the not-so-glam photo below during his first visit to my Upper West Side digs. (We framed it...awww.)
But this method, garnered from my time as a client of the late guru Tim Casey - dubbed the 'Hair Doctor' by Allure magazine - really works for my fine-yet-thick longish locks. If your hair is product-adverse, prone to frizzy waves, or just uncooperative, give it a try.
Because you may scare your loved ones.
You'll understand. Still, the results are worth it.
I've modified the process for Florida's weather. Instead of doing this twice weekly, as I used to up north, I now shampoo every five or six days depending on what Rob Duns, Meteorologist at Ft. Myers's WBBH, predicts as far as the week's humidity forecast. He's the only weathercaster here who singles out Isles of Capri, my little manmade peninsula, in his reporting.
Alrighty. Off we go...
8 Steps, 8 Brushes. Go!
1. I shampoo/condition (using a dime-sized amount of each for my long, fine tresses), wrap my hair in a soft Sferra towel, and then go walk the dog. Upon returning home, my hair is usually damp-ish and blow-out ready.
2. After detangling with a wide-tooth comb, I section my hair. Two drawers in my vanity feature a mix of various-sized round brushes; several are wood handles/boar bristles, others ceramic/plastic. I get better results when starting with the boar-bristles in the front sections.
3. Using the smallest boar-bristle brush first for the front center, I roll my hair with the brush and blow for 60 seconds. Keeping the brush tight and in place, I move on to the side fronts next, deploying the larger boar-bristled brushes. I blow the section for 60 seconds and let the brushes stay in place as close as possible to my scalp. The brushes mimic hot rollers, and instead of using a cool blast of air, it cools naturally as you work your way around the head.
4. The next section is the back upper-crown. Here I use a very large plastic handle/bristle brush. The brush you choose for this is key; if your brushes move around while getting ready for your day, your hair will tangle and it's a beyotch to pull out. I've had to cut my former neighbor's hair out of her brush because the one she selected was too small. GO BIG! The longer the hair, the bigger the brush.
5. Next, it's the underlying back sections, divided into thirds. I prefer the largest brushes for this section, mixing wood/boar and ceramic/plastic. Wrap and set.
Doing your entire head takes about 10 or so minutes.
I then brush my teeth, and unwrap/unwind my hair and get dressed.
But I'm not done. My hair, especially the back sections, isn't fully dried.
6. Once dressed, I repeat the process, and depending on the frizz forecast, replace the wood/boar for ceramic/plastic in the front section plus any wispy groups, keeping the brushes secure for a half-hour, usually in the car whether off to work or running errands, as every destination here seems to take 40 minutes of driving. Do you really care who sees you like this while driving? I don't...
7. After parking, the brushes come off. I verrrrry carefully unwrap each section, starting with the lowest brushes, lifting and concurrently unrolling the brushes so as not to pull my hair out.
8. I channel José Eber (a famous hair dude, circa mid-1980s) and do the "shake your head, darling," bit. But I DO NOT brush my hair. I leave it be, and it settles into a cute 'do in mere moments.
Et voila, dear FBP-ers! As long as you resist, resist, resist the urge to brush until the next morning - and maybe even try sleeping with your hair up - you'll be good for at least four days.
If the weather holds, that is. Cross your manicured fingers.