9 Perfect Blowouts to Show Your Stylist (So You Don’t Look Like an ’80s Pageant Queen)
Let the pictures do the talking
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this could not be more true than when you're sitting in your stylist's chair and trying, for the life of you, to explain what you mean by "wavy but not too wavy" or "bouncy but still sleek." (This almost always ends in an unflattering bouffant of sorts.) The next time you go in for a blowout, save yourself the trouble and take one of these photos with you.
Smooth and Straight
Proof that sleek doesn't mean completely sapped of volume.
Smooth and Bouncy
Just enough polish for the office without being too stiff.
Loose and Beachy
Julia will always be the model of soft, tousled waves.
To avoid rounded fringe, ask your stylist to drop the brush and use her hands to rough-dry those finicky front pieces instead.
Old Hollywood Glam
Special occasion? Make like Emma here and get some polished retro curls.
Or keep it casual with softer texture and a few face-framing curls.
Short and Smooth
Same idea, but a little sleeker throughout.
Voluminous and Winding
Now this is what we meant by bouncy but still sleek. To get this look, make sure your stylist is wielding a big-barreled brush.
There is a fine line between "beachy waves" and "full-on bed head." Suki nailed the sweet spot with just the right balance of bend throughout.