There’s no question that everyone loves the way their blowout looks after a visit to their local salon. But for whatever reason, when you try to create the look at home, it doesn’t have the same magical bounce and gloss. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could achieve the same professional results from the comfort of your home? Well, the good news is that you can learn how to blow dry hair like a pro. So, whatever your styling abilities, keep reading to discover our easy step-by-step guide. The results will make your friends green with envy!
How to blow dry hair at home
First things first: after washing your hair, you’ll need to get rid of excess water. While it’s something not many of you will have thought about, how you towel-dry your mane is just as important as how you wash it – and the key here is to try and be as gentle as you can. Rather than vigorously rubbing it, try gently squeezing. This action will help remove excess water while limiting the damage you do to your hair, plus it won’t rough up the cuticles as much, which means you’ll be less prone to frizz, too.
Now that your hair isn’t sopping wet, apply a leave-in conditioner and heat protectant to add moisture and protect it when blow-drying. The TIGI Catwalk Blow Out Balm (£16.95*) is a great option, especially if you like a good multi-functional product. It’ll protect your hair from temperatures up to 230°C while also smoothing and promoting shine.
If you want to master a long-lasting blowout, then hairdryer attachments are a must. Diffusers are great for frizz-prone, curly locks while concentrator nozzles are better for a straight blowout and general styling. They will help to give you more control over the direction of the air, instead of just blowing it around. So remember to use the right attachment and use your hairdryer at a medium heat setting.
Try: The Toni&Guy Daily Conditioning Dryer, which comes complete with a concentrator nozzle.
Take a manageable section of hair (roughly 1-2 inches) from the bottom layer, near the nape of your neck. It’s important to section your locks when blow-drying as attempting to do it all at once can lead to missed and mixed-up parts.
For a straight blow-dry, begin with a round brush in one hand and your hairdryer in the other. Place your brush underneath the first section of hair and lift it from the roots, twisting downwards. Make sure your hairdryer follows the brush’s movement as this will help smooth your open cuticles and remove excess moisture. Repeat until dry. Then release another section and follow the same process. Do this until you’ve worked your way to the top layer and your hair is completely dry.
Last but not least: using your hairdryer, blast your locks with cool air. This will set your blowout and help make it last longer. Finally, apply a finishing product like the VO5 Smoothly Does It Tame & Shine Spray (£3.99*) to help smooth your hair cuticles and give your straight tresses an extra glossy finish.
And there you have it: how to blow dry hair to rival any salon!