This Parisian Hack is the Key to the Perfect Blowout


| LAST UPDATE 01/16/2022

By Lia Thomson
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Straighteners and curling wands may be a great way to achieve the hairstyles you love. But sometimes, a good ol' classic blowdryer can help you get that flawless look! Clearly, French girls already know this - here's their trick to getting voluminous, salon-approved hair.

Zoe Irwin used to be a hairstylist for many models and celebrities walking the runway or posing for photoshoots. During her career, she traveled the world and picked up many tips and tricks along the way. One specific hack was learned when Irwin spent time in Paris. She learned the best way to get volume is by directing the blow dryer on one specific area. "What the Parisians do when blow-drying their hair is focus on the crown. The more the crown is lifted, [the more] it counteracts the jaw," she explained. What this method does is help create more dimension and height across the back of the head.

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To do this at home, you'll need a blow dryer (of course) and a wide bristle brush. After washing the hair clean, wait until it is at least 95% dry before applying the tool onto your hair. Then Irwin says, "take a triangle-shaped section of hair at the back, and with a large round brush wrap the hair around it." With the high heat setting on, "first aiming the air at the top and then from the underneath." Next, use the cool setting on the section to make sure it holds its shape. Do this technique all-around your head, and soon enough, you to will have that "cool girl" effortless-looking hair. 

It may take a few tries to master the trick - it's best to take your time and not rush. "Make each section purposeful when you're blow-drying," Irwin suggests. "Warm-up each section thoroughly, then cool it thoroughly before moving on to the next." When you finish every section, apply hair product to maintain those annoying flyaways. The stylist recommends, "Put some styling product onto your palms and gently pat your hands down at the roots." (Psst, here are some good ones to shop on Amazon.) But of course, the French-girl look is famous for embracing the unfinished, effortless style - so don't worry too much about the imperfections. Simply have fun with it!

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