There are few things more satisfying for your confidence than getting a professional blow-dry. The bounce, the shine, no static. Unfortunately that professional blow-dry effect only lasts until you wash your hair again. Blow drying is something we all do often but can leave you feeling like you’re just not doing correctly. On the surface, it may seem simple. Blast hot air everywhere until your hair is dry.
But it never quite feels like that professional quality, does it? And since going to see a professional stylist every time you get your hair wet isn’t realistic, you will have to find a way to do it yourself.
5 Tips To Blow-Drying Your Hair
Fortunately, getting a professional quality blow-dry at home is possible! Just follow these simple steps, and enjoy that salon fresh blow-dry feel anytime you want!
First, get the right tools.
There is an old saying that a craftsman never blames their tools. However, in the case of top quality blow-drying, going cheap just isn’t going to get it done. You’ll want to invest in at least a decent-high end hairdryer. Cheaper hairdryers are typically one-trick ponies and don’t come equipped with features that will prevent heat damage. You’ll want a hairdryer that allows you to control the heat settings, and has ionic air technology. Ionic air technology is especially important. Essentially, it works by breaking down water molecules faster. The less time you expose your hair to heat, the better. It also helps to reduce frizz and keeps a nice shine in your hair.
Next, you’ll need a proper hairbrush. Not all hairbrushes are created equal. Some are suited for different types of hair, that won’t work well with yours. For those with straight hair, the length of the hair matters. For longer, straight hair, the bigger and more round your brush should be ideally. Shorter hair will require a radial brush around 20-35mm. Medium hair will require 35-45mm, and for long hair, you will want between 50-70mm.
You will also want to consider what the bristles are made of. If you have short hair and want to maintain movement, a ceramic brush is what you want. For smoother results, a boar bristle brush will be your best friend, especially for those with hair that is course, to begin with. As a side note, brushes with ceramic coated barrels that can be heated can do wonders to reduce heat damage and dry your hair more quickly.
Second, ditch the towel!
It’s easy to just wrap your hair up in a towel, and leave it there. Most of us are guilty of that, in fact. However, cotton-based towels will cause friction in the hair which results in breakage. In addition, rubbing the hair in a cotton towel will cause frizz, and wrapping your head can flatten the roots. If you insist on using a towel, use microfibre instead. After about 10 minutes, remove it. Ideally, you would allow your hair to air dry partially prior to the blow drying process.
You never want to begin with dripping wet hair. You want to wait until it’s at least 65-70% of the way dry, before starting the blow drying process. Waiting for it to dry mostly will also prevent brushing damage. Brushing your hair when it’s too wet can cause breakage. Instead, start your blow-drying with your fingers, once you’ve dried it a bit more you can style and shape it with a brush.
Bear in mind, that the wetness of your hair before you begin brushing and drying can be subject to change. Fine-medium thickness hair can dry a little longer with no side-effects. Thick, and curly hair that you desire to be more straight should be blow-dried once it’s about 50% dry. To enhance the natural curls in your hair, use a curl defining cream, gently wrap your hair in your microfiber towel (no cotton!), and start blow-drying as soon as your hair isn’t dripping wet anymore.
Third, let’s talk hair product.
Heat protectant is a must. Whenever you are subjecting your hair to blow dryers, or heated brushes, you need to protect it from damage. In the end, your hair will thank you, and your blowout will last longer. You can even find styling products that offer heat protectant these days, so you can spend some time shopping around for those.
How you apply your hair product can be just as important as what you apply. Whether you are using a heat protectant, frizz-fighting solutions, or thickening spray. You can’t just throw it on top and call it a day. This will weigh down your hair, and leave it looking greasy. More importantly, your product won’t be working 100%. You should section off your hair, and apply your product starting from the middle, and working down to the tips. Combing it through or using your fingers is a personal preference.
Fourth, let’s start blow-drying.
– If are looking for volume, always start your blow-dry at the roots. Brushes are typically too large to get to your roots perfectly, so use your comb or hands at the roots. Also, try flipping your head and massaging the roots gently while you blow-dry them. You just want the roots to be lifted and sitting off your head when you dry them.
– During styling, apply your barrel brush at the roots, and roll it all the way down. Once your roots have thoroughly dried, you can begin to dry the tips by rolling them on to your brush and finishing them off.
Pro tip: To get more volume from your crown, use rollers. Pin a few large rollers in while your hair is still hot from the dryer, then allow the hair cool off naturally, and enjoy the stunning results!
– We spoke about sectioning your hair earlier. It’s just as important to drying, as it is to apply the product. To achieve that professional, salon-quality blowout, sectioning is essential. Take clips, and section your hair into as many sections as your hair requires depending on thickness. Then use that trusty barrel brush as before. If you desire a glossy finish, it’s important that you keep the hair wrapped tightly around the brush while you pull it through.
– Use the nozzle! It may look lame, but that little hairdryer nozzle is a pretty important feature. Without it, the hairdryer will apply heat all over the place, that’s not good. With the nozzle, the heat is focused onto one target area. Focused heat is far less damaging to your hair, and provides a more smooth and shiny finish. Just make sure to keep the keep the nozzle at least 3 inches away from your hair at all times!
If you have very curly hair, using a diffuser will help to minimise frizz. highlight your curls, and provide some lift. You can usually buy these separately, and they are compatible with almost every hairdryer, Just put it on the dryer, set the dryer to the lowest heat setting, and let the diffuser do its job. Remember to never brush your curls away! Simply use your fingers to style and shape them.
Lastly. Cool, set, and finish.
For a longer-lasting blow dry, you want your hair to cool before moving on to the next section of your hair. Once you’ve finished with the blow-dry, switch to a cold air setting and give your hair a quick blast. This will help give it more elasticity. Apply a light misting of setting spray, and you’re all done! Avoid using any heavy hair sprays that may leave you feeling sticky, and wanting to wash your hair immediately. This will just leave you needing to do the entire blow drying process all over again tomorrow.
That’s it! You can now achieve a perfect, salon-quality blow-dry at home! Make sure to give this some practice, and find the best methods that work for you. Enjoy that new shiny, bouncy, and frizz-free hair of yours!
Don’t Have The Time? Use Our Professional Shampoo & BlowDry Service
Style Counsel Hair is acknowledged by our clients as the ultimate hair and beauty destination in Carina Heights, Brisbane. If you’re after a professional blowdry service then make sure to stop by our salon located; Shop 2 / 123 Winstanley St (Cnr of Gallipoli Road) Carina Heights. Our professional staff will have you and your hair feeling fabulous.