Today is an important day, a very important day… for me, but also for you!
The great Seb Bascle is in the ByCalliste studio and he’s come to show me how to do the perfect blowout: a fast, easy and efficient blow-dry!
Being able to blow-dry your own hair quickly at home is a dream for any woman with a full schedule, with work, children, friends and exercise… after all who has time to fit in hair appointments?
We know that Seb Bascle is precise. Extremely precise. He is also very organized and methodical… and that – I think – is how he has such a successful blow-dry solution…
The geometric blowout could be the alternative name for this video! Seb prepares and organizes my hair into sections: a meticulously centered and straight parting… Rectangles, triangles, perfectly symmetrical sections. I didn’t know it was possible to create so many geometric shapes on my head!
It’s also very important to use the right tools, the right brushes, flat or round, and to keep the hair tidy using sectioning clips.
It’s quite simple, in fact. Organization is key!
And with long hair like mine, you’ll get a bit of an arm work out at the same time!
Try it at home if, like me, you have never really managed to master the art of the blowout… But that was before! Before Seb Bascle’s explanations…
For hair artist Seb Bascle, you can’t do a proper blow dry without the right tools! It’s essential to have a good wide toothed comb like this one from Dessange, and flat metal sectioning clips like these ones from Delormes so you can easily create cleanly separated sections and clip them out of the way. Seb’s secret is being methodical and organized!
Seb begins by creating a perfect parting in the middle, dividing Armelle’s hair into two. Then he creates two more partings on either side, going from the middle parting straight down behind the ear. He has therefore separated the hair into three distinct sections.
Next, he twists up the two side sections and clips them out of the way using flat metal sectioning clips. The idea is to be able to concentrate on the back section without the front sections getting in the way.
Then he attacks the back of Armelle’s hair. He creates a first horizontal separation, beginning from the nape of the neck, dampening the hair with a water vaporizer from Beauty Coiffure. He then fixes the rest of the hair, twisting it and pinning it out of the way.
Next, he begins to blow dry this first section of hair that’s separated from the rest. For this, it’s important to have a good quality natural bristle brush – this one is from Y.S Park – so that the hair does not pick up static electricity. Plastic brushes are best avoided!
Seb shows Armell how to place her brush in order to blow dry the section of hair efficiently. The brush must be placed under the hair, at the roots, before drawing it horizontally away from the head, to the tips of the hair, pointing the hairdryer (from Velecta Paramount) at the underneath of the hair, following the progression of the brush. The choice of hairdryer is very important. It must be able to create a lot of heat and not too much wind. Heat is extremely important when it comes to working with hair.
In order to give the ends a little natural curve, you just need to tilt the brush downwards slightly as you get to the tips of the hair.
Seb repeats these steps, progressing little by little to the vertex: sectioning of the hair with the fingers, dampening the section, blowdrying and pulling the section away from the head with the brush and the hairdryer.
The thicker the hair, the more sections you’ll need to do. On Armelle’s hair, with each horizontal section, Seb separates it again vertically into two sections. Armelle has a try, manages it successfully and finishes the last section on top of her head, pulling it upwards.
Next, Seb turns to the left hand section and creates new horizontal separations with his fingers, working from the bottom to the top of the head, avoiding creating thick sections which are difficult to work with. He blowdries these sections one by one.
For this area, you can also use a smaller bristle brush from Y.S Park that’s more suitable for the size of these sections. Same goes for the right hand side, Armelle has mastered the technique perfectly!
To give your hair more volume on top of your head, make a new section in the shape of a rectangle on top of the head. Pin the rest of the hair back on each side using flat clips.
Divide this rectangle in two and work the back section, blow-drying it vertically to make the root stand up, using a round blow-dry brush in natural bristle from Y.S Park. It’s the same process for the last section, pulling it forward and then upwards. It’s important to dampen the hair as you go, it makes the hair easier to manipulate and work with.
Last stage, comb the hair through, and lightly backcomb the root of the top front section, combing over the top of it, to give it even more volume.