I Asked for the Same Blowout at 3 Different Salons—See the Final Looks

Hallie Gould

A good blowout is like the perfect lusty fling: It lasts for a week tops and puts an unprecedented pep in your step the entire time. But it’s not always exactly what you want.

I realised through my many, many blowouts at various locations I always end up with something different—even though I consistently ask for the same style. The scene is always the same: I walk in and sit down with my stylist for the day, and we chat about what I want. I say “messy, textured waves” and get whisked back to the sink. The end result is always beautiful, with the curls bouncing and the compliments a-flowing. But it is interesting that the same description can yield such varied results.

I decided to take my theory on a test drive and hit up a few different places and services in the city. Each time, I would ask for the same thing and watch what happens. I’d say yes to anything they asked: products, tools, etc., as to make sure I wasn’t interfering with the process. Then, I’d photograph the results and come to a final conclusion.

Ready to follow along? Watch the video below, then keep scrolling to read my in-depth reviews.

In the end, I realised it’s not about a stylist’s ability to give me what I want (although obviously that’s part of it); it’s also about artists making stylistic choices when performing their craft. In this case, each hairstylist listened to what I said and did his own interpretation of the words. I left with three beautiful ’dos, each different in ways that represent what each stylist does. I didn’t bring in a photo, so they just had to go off of my words, my vibe, and their own choices with products, tools, and a certain flick of the wrist.

Which style is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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