How To Blow Dry Your Hair

Want to give yourself a salon style blowout like your hair stylist does? A great blowout can last several days and look even better the next day. Read on to find how how to blow dry your hair at home.

Towel Dry Hair & Apply Product Before Hair Drying

Ever notice how your stylist always takes a long time to carefully towel dry your hair? Getting rid of excess moisture with a towel can help make drying time much faster. After gently squeezing excess water out of your hair take a towel and continue drying your hair until all the excess water is gone. Apply your desired styling product or hair treatment on damp hair. I don’t use any styling products so all I do is apply a bit of Agadir oil. It’s similar to Moroccan oil but any hair oil will do.

How To Blow Dry Your Hair For Volume

Some people like to divide their hair into sections first but I find it more efficient to blow dry all over and blow dry with a round brush once the hair is halfway dry in order to eliminate drying time. Aim the nozzle at the roots for extra volume. If you have fine, thin hair and want extra volume you may also flip your hair upside down and blow dry it that way for more volume. If you have thick or coarse hair, pick a powerful dryer with a strong motor such as those from Babyliss, T3 or Sedu.

How To Blow Dry Your Hair If You Have Curls

If you have curly or wavy hair look for a hair dryer with a diffuser. Most blow dryers are compatible with universal diffusers. A diffuser will dry your curls gently and leave them frizz and tangle free.

Divide & Conquer

Once your hair is halfway dry separate it into sections; the number of sections depends on the thickness of your hair. The brush that you choose makes a big difference. Many stylist prefer to use a mixed bristle brush like Spornette. The key to a salon style blowout is to pull the hair extremely tight throughout the brush as you blow dry it. You may blow dry it with a slight flip towards the end for a wave. Some may prefer to blow dry with the curl facing away from the face for a sexy voluminous look.

Concentrate

Not just on blow drying your hair but use a concentrator. A concentrator is a must for that smooth perfect salon blowout look. If you don’t use one the airflow will just go everywhere without rhyme or reason resulting in messier hair (which can be fabulous too if that’s the look you’re going for). If your goal is to get smooth locks you may want to use a concentrator for the desired effect.

Seal It With The “Cool Shot’ button

Once you get a section curled or as straight as you like, hit it with a blast of the “cool shot” button from your dryer to lock in the style.

Styling Products

A product that I really like to use after blow drying my hair is just a very small amount of Bumble & Bumble Brilliantine. It smells divine (like roses) and somehow manages to make your hair look even better without any stiffness. You can use any other products such as hairspray or a shine spray as desired.

The Day After

The great thing about a great blowout is the fact that it can last for days and days. I highly recommend using a  dry shampoo the days after in order to get rid of oil and add even more volume to your hair.  Washing your hair every day isn’t good for your hair (dries out your hair). One that I recommend is Oscar Blandi Pronto; it’s a white powder that smells like lemons. I have black hair and it doesn’t show at all after it’s rubbed in.