You’ve just washed your hair and now you’re ready to blow dry it, but you’re not quite sure how to do it properly. The heat coming from the blow dryer can damage your hair, but with the right technique, you can get your hair looking great in no time! Follow these steps to blow dry your hair like a pro. You’ll have smooth and shiny hair that will last all day long!
Start with the right tools
You need a good quality blow dryer, one that will get the job done quickly and efficiently. I always recommend using a brush that is specifically designed for blow drying. And if you have straight or curly hair, you might want to invest in a round brush as well. These tips will help you get started on the right foot.
To begin with, make sure you use your fingers to comb through your wet hair thoroughly before starting the blow out process. Then apply some serum or oil (just a few drops) to add shine and fight fizziness.
Next start by smoothing any knots from the roots of your hair up towards the tips with either a round brush or a comb, whichever works best for you personally. If possible start at about shoulder length first then work back down towards the roots to avoid any flyaway near your face.
The last step is to finish with hairspray and ta-da! Straight or curly, we’re talking all types of locks here; just follow these steps and watch as they turn into gorgeous waves of wonderment or sleek strands of sexy sophistication.
Before you start blow drying your hair, you want to make sure it’s prepped correctly. This means using the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type, towel drying it until it’s only slightly damp, and applying any heat protectant products. Once your hair is prepped, you can start blow drying. Hold the nozzle of the hairdryer at least two inches away from your head to allow air to flow through freely.
Blow drying with force will create static electricity in your hair that could cause flyaway or fizziness later on. Next, use both hands to push or pull sections of wet hair (don’t forget underneath!) up and away from your head before blowing down on them gently.
Continue doing this until all of your hair is dry! If you need more help, here are some tips:
-When using a round brush to add volume to your roots, always brush outwards towards the ends.
-Brush downwards for sleekness or backwards for volume
-Use the cool setting when your hair has finished drying if you want less frizz and curl
-Never touch your hair when it’s wet—that makes it more likely to break
-Finish off by spraying some dry shampoo at the roots of clean hair
Work in sections
Start by sectioning off your hair. I like to start in the back with the bottom layer. Take a small section of hair and hold it taut at the roots. Aim the nozzle of your blow-dryer down the shaft of your hair, moving it constantly to avoid overheating any one area. As you move the blow-dryer, use a round brush to guide your hair. The brush will help straighten out any kinks as you go. Keep going until that section is completely dry.
Then, move on to the next section and repeat the process until your entire head is dry. Once your whole head is done, take a large rat tail comb or wide tooth comb and run it through your hair to detangle and smooth everything out. Now it’s time for some major volume!
For big, bouncy curls (like those pictured), part your hair vertically from ear to ear then twist each side into an elastic band. You’ll need a curling iron for this step. Let cool for about 30 seconds before loosening up the curls with your fingers. If you want more defined waves, pull pieces of hair away from your face and pin them in place using bobby pins then curl as usual. Continue twisting each side into an elastic band and curling away!
Setting up the round brush
Before you start blow drying your hair, you need to set up your round brush. To do this, first gather all the supplies you will need: a round brush, a hairdryer, some clips, and some product. Then, section off your hair and clip it up so that it is out of the way. Next, take the hairdryer and attach the nozzle.
Finally, select the heat and speed settings on the hairdryer that are right for your hair type. Once you’ve done this, grab the round brush and place it about six inches away from your head.
The key thing to remember when blowing dry is to keep going in circular motions around your head until all sections have been completely dried and styled how you want them. Be sure not to use too much pressure when brushing through sections; always go with light strokes rather than rough strokes which can damage delicate strands.
The high ponytail trick
Tie your damp hair up into a high ponytail on top of your head. Then, take a round brush and use it to curl the ends of your hair away from your face. Next, point the nozzle of your blow dryer down the length of your hair and turn it on to the highest heat setting.
Slowly start moving the brush down through your hair, keeping the blow dryer moving as well. Once you reach the ends of your hair, use the cool shot button on your blow dryer to help set your style.
Finally, let down your ponytail and tousle your hair with your fingers for some extra volume.
The first step to getting the perfect blowout at home is to invest in a good quality hair dryer. Once you have your dryer, follow these simple steps:
1. Start with clean, towel-dried hair.
2. Section your hair off into manageable sections.
3. Use a heat protectant spray on each section before you start blow drying.
4. Set your hair dryer to the correct heat setting for your hair type – low for fine or damaged hair, medium for most types, and high for thick or coarse hair.