Round Brush Hair Styling Technique

How to use a round brush to create the perfect at-home blowout

Blowing Out Your Hair with a Round Brush

Learn how to use a round brush to create the perfect at-home blowout! Go over some basic brush technique with Alli Webb, the founder of Drybar, that you can use to get your hair straight or curly. Learn some essential round brush techniques from Drybar.

Using the Right Round Brush

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Do's & Don'ts

  1. Rough-dry your hair to get rid of excess moisture.
  2. Section your hair before you start drying so you can work in small one to two inch sections. Make sure your section fits neatly on the brush. Too much hair is a big no-no.
  3. Always start your blowout in the front and work your way around to the back.
  4. Make sure each section is completely dry before moving on to the next. Any moisture left in your hair will cause frizz.
  5. Always blow dry down your hair shaft. This will help smooth your hair and add shine. Never blow dry up the hair shaft.

Straight Blowouts

To achieve a straight blowout like The Manhattan or The Straight Up from Drybar, you want to hold the brush horizontally.

  1. Place a section of hair on your round brush and pull away from your head with lots of tension, keeping the brush horizontal the whole time. Keep the dryer near the brush and be sure to pull all the way out to the ends.
  2. Now roll it back in, apply heat, then pull it back out. Repeat until the section is completely dry.

How to Use a Round Brush for Volume

For volume and lift, you’ll want to focus on your crown.

  1. Keep your brush horizontal, pull upwards with the dryer close to the brush, roll it in, then back out.
  2. Repeat until your entire crown is dry.

Curly Blowouts

If you want a curly style like The Cosmo or The Mai Tai looks from Drybar, it's the same round brush technique, but you'll want to hold your brush vertically.

  1. Place a section of your hair on the brush and pull it away from your head, keeping the dryer close to the brush and keeping the brush vertical.
  2. Pull all the way out to your ends, then roll back in, curling away from your face. Apply heat, then pull it back out, then back in.
  3. Unravel the curl by twirling the brush. After you've released the hair from the brush, give it a moment to set and cool.