With three girls in my family, plus our mom, hair was always a big deal in our household--especially since all of us have either naturally curly hair and/or very thick hair. Ever since middle school, I have blown out my naturally curly and thick hair. Over the years I've tried tons of different products to help achieve a smooth, but still voluminous blow out. Here are my go-to products when it comes to achieving a perfectly polished blow out:
Wash and Condition: I started using Aveda products in middle school and I haven't looked back since. While I've tried half of the product line, the Damage Remedy shampoo and conditioner are my current favorites for washing and conditioning my hair.
Prep: After towel drying my hair, I generously spritz my hair with Phytovolume Actif Volumizer Spray. Volume is probably the most important part of a great blow out, for me, and this product has been my favorite for achieving great volume, but without any of the stickiness or crunchiness that other volumizing products can leave. I also apply a small dime-sized amount of Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother to help with my natural curl and frizz. The Aveda paddle brush is my favorite for brushing and detangling my thick hair.
Blow: When it comes to a great blow out, a good round brush is key. I've tried ones with both plastic and natural bristles, and for me, I prefer plastic or a mix of both. This brush is great because it creates volume with its large head, while also smoothing my frizzy curls. I use these claw clips to section my hair as I'm blowing it dry.
Style: Once my hair is completely dry, I take a pea-sized amount of Aveda 'Brilliant' Anti-Humectant Pomade and run it through my hair, focusing on the ends, to tame any flyaways and give my hair a smooth finish. Last, I use this hairspray to give my hair some hold--I love it because you can brush it out so your hair still has movement and it never gives my hair that "crunchy" feeling. This hairspray isn't as great for making your style last all day, but I still use it just because of how it smells--it's amazing! On days I don't wash my hair, I use this dry shampoo (not shown) to help with any excess oil and to add some volume back into my hair.
Note: While these are the products I use to blow dry my hair, I actually only wash and blow dry my hair 2-3 times a week. Because my hair is thick, I can go a few days without having to wash it and I just use my dry shampoo to help keep it fresh and full.
Happy blow drying!