Whether you’re rocking a bob, lob or pixie crop – sleek, frizz-free strands are a look you can always fall back on. Ideal for all seasons (and occasions), learning how to blow dry short hair will totally streamline your grooming routine – we promise.
This is such an easy, effortless day look - Ocean
While doing a ‘proper’ at-home blow dry might seem like it takes years of practice, it’s actually a no-pro look any hair novice can master.
Deconstructing the process, ATH reveals how to create perfect, poker straight strands with just a hairdryer.
How to blow dry short hair: Tutorial
Starting with towel-dried tresses, apply the VO5 Heat Protect Spray all over your hair.
As you’ll be using a hairdryer, it’s essential to safeguard your locks against any damage that can be caused by heated styling tools.
Use a volumising spray.
The key to creating bouncy blow dry short hair looks? Apply the TONI&GUY 3D Volumiser Spray to damp hair.
Focus on the roots to give your tresses long-lasting lift throughout the day.
Section your strands.
Use a comb to create four equal sections in the hair. The first two should be at the back of your head, from ear to ear.
The second two, at the front of your head, from above the ears. Clip each section up and away from your face.
Starting with the back section of your hair, use a brush in your dominant hand to comb through your hair as you dry it, keeping the brush tight against your scalp.
Editor’s Tip: Make sure the nozzle of your hairdryer is parallel to the handle, this will ensure your finish is as sleek as possible.
Use a round brush.
Repeat this process on the other sections of your hair, drying them one-by-one.
Style the ends by wrapping your hair around a round brush and pointing the nozzle of the hairdryer downwards. This will give them a slightly tucked-under look.
Lift the crown.
When drying the crown of your head, use a round brush to lift the hair at the roots and redirect it upwards.
Drying this way will add salon-worthy volume to your short hair blow dry.
Style your fringe.
If you’re rocking bangs, flat wrap the hair against the scalp when drying, just as you did with the other sections.
Then, bring the hair forward and dry using a brush to set the fringe.
Set with hairspray.
Once all your hair is dry and you’re happy with the style, set it in place by misting the Tigi Bed Head Flexi Head Hairspray from front to back.
This will help keep your look shiny, sleek and frizz-free all day.
Give yourselves a round of applause, ladies: you’ve now mastered how to blow dry short hair.
Need some more styling inspo? Visit our Straight Haircuts & Hairstyles section for more ways to work your sleek strands.
4 Editor-approved blow dry tips
1. Wash your hair
Want a truly beautiful blow dry for short hair? Then it’s best to start with a freshly washed mane. Use a smoothing duo like the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner to help boost shine and tame flyaways. And, to ensure you don’t induce any of that dreaded frizz when drying your tresses, gently squeeze any excess water out of your hair and carefully towel dry it.
2. Pick the right equipment
Prepped and ready to start your short hair blow-dry? Before you begin, know that selecting the right equipment is super important when it comes to learning how to blow dry short hair. This means picking the right hair brush and actually using your hairdryer attachments. Not sure which brush is best? Find out more by clicking here.
3. Use your attachments
Don’t forget to use your hairdryer attachments! The nozzle will help to concentrate/direct the airflow from your hairdryer onto your locks. And trust us, this will get you one step closer to a salon-perfect blowout!
4. Want a curly blow dry? Short hair works a treat!
Create a curly blow dry short hair look by ditching the round brush and instead, opt for simple finger-comb before you start your dry. Gently detangle your curls and use your curl-friendly diffuser attachment in place of the nozzle. Just fit the attachment and turn your hairdryer to a medium setting. Try to keep your diffuser close to the roots, so that the prongs gently massage the scalp.