Though your hairstylist might make it look otherwise, a salon-quality blowout is no easy feat. If you’ve ever tried to replicate their professional skills at home, you already know this to be true. Tugging, tangling and tired arms — we’ve all been there.In hopes of making at-home blowouts more attainable for all of us, we sought out the advice of a slew of hair experts. Here, they break down how to achieve professional-level blowout in the comfort of your own home. Consider this your comprehensive, step-by-step guide to the perfect DIY blowout.All products featured on Allure are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.Step 1: Start in the ShowerAny good blowout begins with a shampoo — your hair has to be wet before you blow it dry, after all — followed by conditioner (which should generally only be applied onto only the lengths and ends of your hair). According to hairstylist Adir Abergel, the type of shampoo and conditioner you choose will definitely impact how well your blowout turns out. “A great blow-dry is about the right foundation,” Abergel says. “It starts right at the beginning, in the shower.”It might sound obvious, but this means choosing a shampoo and conditioner duo that’s formulated to address your own hair type and concerns (i.e. frizz, volume, split ends, color-treated hair, etc.).Step 2: PrepAfter hopping out of the shower, there are two important sub-steps you’ll want to take in order to prep your hair for heat styling. First, remove excess moisture. You want your hair to be damp before you pick up your blow dryer in order to minimize the amount of time your hair is exposed to heat; too much exposure will not only cause frizz but can also cause damage over time. Less time spent blow-drying also means the overall process will be speedier, and therefore your arms and elbows will be less likely to get fatigued. Bottom line: Never try to blow-dry soaking-wet strands.Instead, twist your hair up into a super-absorbent towel, such as the Aquis Rapid Dry Lisse Hair Turban (great for all hair types) or Devacurl’s Anti-Frizz Microfiber Towel (ideal for curly hair), right out of the shower — these microfiber hair towels absorb more moisture than a traditional cotton towel and are also gentler on your hair.Once your hair is no longer sopping wet, “Take [your] hair down and comb through with a wide-tooth comb,” to detangle hair, says hairstylist Kiki Heitkotter. You can also opt for a detangling brush depending on your personal preferences. Two tried-and-true options are The Wet Brush’s Pro Deluxe Detangler and The Tangle Teezer Original. Either way, be gentle — start from the bottom of your hair and gently work through knots without tugging or pulling.Step 3: Apply Heat ProtectantOnce your hair is damp and detangled, it’s time to apply a heat protectant. “Heat damage over time can cause breakage throughout and frayed, undesirable ends — sometimes to an extent that cannot be repaired,” Abergel explains.Heat protectants essentially work to seal off the hair’s cuticle and thus help protect it against damage. “Picture your hair as a single strand, with little stems of hair — which we call your cuticle — open in a ‘V’ shape from the root to the ends,” explains hairstylist Kristen Shaw. Heat protectants shut down this ‘V,’ creating smoothness, shine, and a protective barrier to prevent breakage.