There was a saying in the Sixties, “The higher the hair, the closer to God”. To this day, the benefits of a good voluminous blowout are undeniable. Take the ‘Barbie blowout’, for example. It looks touchable, airy and effortless.
With the rise of Barbiecore and the Barbie movie coming out next summer, it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate diversity and the variety of beautiful hair textures out there.
No matter your natural texture – curly, wavy or straight – I’m going to break down the products and tools to give you the creative freedom to craft a Barbie blowout that reflects your own individuality.
Plus, I’ve got a few DIY tricks for recreating these iconic looks at home.
Lay the foundation in the shower
The foundation for creating any long-lasting style begins in the shower. When working with curly and coily hair, I like to focus on infusing hydration into the strands and taming frizz with a smoothing shampoo and conditioner. On wavy and straight textured hair that tends to be limp, use a volumising shampoo and conditioner; if it’s prone to frizz, switch to a smoothing conditioner instead.
Always remove excess water before applying styling products
After washing your hair, use a paper towel to squeeze the excess water out; it’s a gentle method that doesn’t disturb the cuticle or create friction. Those with curly hair will want to distribute Virtue Un-Frizz Cream evenly throughout wet hair using a detangling brush or a wide-tooth comb. I also like to spritz Virtue Volumizing Primer on the roots and mid-lengths of wavy hair. Straight textures need lift and hold so reach for the Virtue Volumizing Mousse, which infuses long-lasting bounce into hair that easily falls flat.
Section the hair
Start by dividing the hair into two sections. Make a horizontal part from the top of the right ear to top of the left ear. Grab a clip and tie the top away for later.
Then divide the hair that’s left out below the nape of the neck into two sections with a vertical parting down the middle. Clip those away.
Release the top section of hair and divide it into the mohawk (a vertical section that includes hair from both sides of your desired parting and the hair on the crown), the hair on top of the right ear, and the section on top of the left ear. Again, clip away each section.
Create bounce and body
When it comes to creating curls and how to blow-dry your hair, the same rule applies to all hair textures: roll the hair away from your face in the direction of your back, starting with the mohawk section of hair on your crown.