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Your Guide to Every Type of Blowout

There’s nothing like a trip to the salon for a blowout to make you feel great—not only are you living your best hair life, you can totally glam up your look without a cut or a color. But like everything else, the choices are overwhelming. Because there are so many dry style options to choose from, we decoded the types of blowouts offered everywhere, to make your next visit a breeze. We referenced three of our favorite places to tame our mane, DREAMDRY, Dry Bar and Amika Style Blow, to put together your ultimate blowout inspiration guide.

Blow Out Inspiration

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Vintage Hollywood Glam

This is a perfect style for any occasion: think wedding season, the holidays, or trying out for The Bachelor (lol jk). To serve starlet, ask for a barrel-curled wave that’s defined and done, without feeling too stiff (we can leave the stiffness in the 20th century, thanks).

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Polished Perfection

When you’re conjuring your inner Park Avenue princess or just faking it till to make it, ask for waves on the bottom (flipped in or out) and straight volume at the crown. This classic look brings out layers, and did we mention we’re hiring?

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Curly Sue

Just because you’re getting a blowout doesn’t mean you can’t go curly; freshly straightened hair is the perfect base for a curling iron. Our advice–don’t fear the ringlets.

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Classic Bombshell

Excuse me, Ms. Bardot? The bombshell is a go-to in so many situations—ask for it by name, whether it’s date night or time to flaunt revenge hair—and prepare for your stylist’s slow nod. Note: the more volume, the better!

A post shared by DREAMDRY (@dreamdry) on May 8, 2017 at 5:16pm PDT

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Off Duty

No pictures, please! Like, how many more weeks till fashion month is over? This it-girl fav will take you from happy hour to brunch. The reason it’s so adored by the fashion set? Because it looks like you haven’t tried, and isn’t that #goals, after all? This style is defined by waves, a slight bend in the hair and most importantly, an effortless ease.

A post shared by amika (@love_amika) on Sep 22, 2016 at 7:50am PDT

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Loose Waves

If Off Duty and Curly Sue had a baby, we would call her Loose Waves. Her curls are slightly more relaxed and tousled, with the hair doing a little more than in the low-key Off Duty look.

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Life’s a Beach

We never want beach hair to end. This look works in all weather, but always reminds us of that perfect summer afternoon. From your wedding to an actual day at the beach, you can do no wrong when asking for beach hair.

A post shared by DREAMDRY (@dreamdry) on Jul 31, 2017 at 6:51pm PDT

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Stick Straight

The serious one, otherwise known as Stick Straight—because sometimes you just want your hair to behave in a way your life never will. No kinks are allowed in this polished look, which can be worn tight and closer to the face or with heightened volume. Either way, you mean business.

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Now that you’re versed in the blow out, graduate to the ponytail.

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