Want to nail blow-drying your hair? We’re not surprised, you’ve probably noticed that blow out hair is having a bit of a fashion moment. Inspired by the likes of Kate Middleton and Elle Macpherson – rarely seen without their perfectly polished tresses – more and more of us are in search of that just-out-of-the-salon style. And while nothing beats the feeling of walking out of the hairdressers with a fresh, bouncy blow out, there are a few tips and tricks for blow-drying hair that will allow you to achieve similar results at home.
Want to know what they are? (Of course you do!) Then keep on reading to find out…
5 Things you should know about blow-drying hair
It’s all about the pre-dry prep
When blow-drying your hair, it’s important to ensure that it’s not soaking wet. So before you even think about turning on your hair dryer, make sure your hair is at least 70% dry first. Whether you prefer to leave your locks to dry naturally, or to towel-dry them, it doesn’t matter – so long as it’s only slightly damp when you start the blow-drying process.
Of course, it goes without saying that a heat protectant is an absolute must. Not only will it help protect your tresses from damage caused by such extreme heat, but a good heat protection spray – such as the Toni&Guy Heat Protection Mist – can also make your hair easier to manage and help reduce styling time. Remember: the less unprotected exposure to heat, the less damage caused to your precious locks!
Divide and conquer
We’re not gonna lie: blow-drying your hair to perfection can be a lot of work, especially if you have a thick mane. But the trick to achieving great results and making the process more manageable is to divide and conquer.
So, divide your hair into medium sections of about 3 inches each, and dry each one in turn. The best method of sectioning your hair is to start the parting from the corner of your brow. Draw your finger across the back of your crown in a semi-circle to get the most even results.
The right products
Carefully chosen products are essential when it comes to blow-drying your hair. But achieving the ultimate blow out isn’t just about which ones you use, it’s also about where you apply them.
For example, if you’re using a smoothing product such as VO5 Smoothly Does It Tame & Shine Spray for an ultra sleek look, it’s best to use it on the lower sections of your locks – i.e. from mid-length to ends – as it may weigh your hair down if you apply too near the roots. However, if you’re opting for a volume-boosting product like the TONI&GUY Volume Plumping Mousse then make sure to work it into the roots to promote lift from up top.
Use your attachments
Remember all those bits and bobs that came with your hair dryer – the ones that have probably been sitting on a shelf ever since you purchased it? Well, they’re actually more important than you think – especially when it comes to that nozzle. Why? Because the nozzle concentrates the airflow, allowing you to better control its direction, rather than just randomly blowing your hair around. And did you know that using your nozzle correctly, by directing it downwards on the section you’re working on can help reduce frizz, too?
Always finish with a cool blast
Once you’re done with each section, finish with a blast of cool air (yes, that’s what that cold setting on your hair dryer is for!). This will help set the style, as well as help make the results last just that little bit longer. Plus, it’s also handy for cooling yourself down – after all, blow-drying hair is not always an easy task!
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