How to blow dry hair like a pro

Mitch | 27 May 2018
girl with brown blowout hairstyle

Do you know how to blow dry hair the right way? Master this styling technique with our list of must-do’s you need to remember when using the blow dryer!

Why is it important to know the right way to blow dry your hair? There are rules to everything, and blow drying your hair is no exception. If you’ve been just blasting your hair with blow dryer air thoughtlessly, then you’re doing it all wrong. And doing it wrong will not only keep you from achieving that perfect hairstyle, you’ll also be causing damage to your locks.

It’s essential that you know how to blow dry hair correctly so that the next time you go for a bombshell blowout, you can totally nail the look with less the damage. So read our list for techniques and check if they’re part of your blow-drying routine!

Here’s how to blow dry hair properly

woman blow drying hair

Blow dry hair like a pro with these techniques! Credit: iStock

1. Wait until your hair is at least 60% dry

Your hair is most vulnerable when wet, and considering how a lot of heat and a lot of pulling and tugging are involved in blow drying, you’ll be increasing the damage that it can do to your hair if you start with sopping wet strands. Towel dry and wait until it’s 60-65% percent dry, then blow dry using only your hands for a bit. Then, use a brush, starting from the roots.

2. Prep your hair with a heat protectant product

Heat is one of the most common enemies of your hair. Frequent use of high temperature to style your tresses causes severe damage and blow drying is an obvious culprit. To minimize the damage by the hot air from your dryer, always, ALWAYS prep your hair with a heat protectant product before letting any heated tool touch your strands.

TONI&GUY Heat Protection Mist

Our recommendation: TONI&GUY Heat Protection Mist. This product is designed to defend your locks from damage, protecting it against the heat of up to 230 degrees.

blow dry hair with the right brush
Pair your trusty blow dryer with the right brush that’s perfect for your hair type and hairstyle! Credit: Shutterstock

3. Use the right brush

Don’t pick up just any brush when you’re blow drying your hair. Different brushes have different effects; for example, the bigger the brush, the smoother the hair. You can also choose ones with metal in the middle (or if you’re using a round brush, a metal core) as this would provide a smooth finish, just like how a flat iron does. Just make sure you don’t take too long blow drying your hair because the metal part heats up easily and tends to be more damaging. Now if you have coarse hair or if it’s prone to flyways, choose a nylon bristle brush or ones with a high bristle count, which provide enough tension for a smooth pull.

4. Use the nozzle

There was a reason your blow dryer came with that little attachment thingy—you need it! To get a smooth look and perfect that hairstyle you’re going for, make sure the nozzle is attached to the blow dryer’s mouth. it helps concentrate the airflow to the part of your hair that you’re working on, which helps you achieve the look you want better than when the blow dryer is just blowing your strands all over the place.

5. Don’t skip the finishing products

Make your blowout hairstyle last longer by using products that help seal the cuticles and provide a sleek finish. Using finishing products will keep your hair frizz-free throughout the day. When you’re done blow drying your hair, apply a small amount of product to the ends, then distribute evenly to the rest of your tresses. Don’t go overboard or your hair will end up looking greasy instead of gorgeous. Remember: a little goes a long way.

Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream

Our recommendation: Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream for straight hairstyles and TONI&GUY Finishing Shine Spray for everything else.

TONI&GUY Finishing Shine Spray

So if you ever wondered why your hair looks so much different when you have it done at the salon vs when you do it yourself, it’s because your hair stylist knows what she’s doing. But hey, now you do too! So go ahead and blow dry hair to perfection!


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