Blow Dryer Tips: How to Use a Blow Dryer to Curl Hair and Add Volume

Dry and curl your hair all at once.

Calling all blowout die hards! Did you know that you can create those angelic voluminous curls with a blow dryer? Oh, yeah, totally possible. So, as long as you can do a standard blowout at home, you can add in a few techniques to make it a curly blowout. Let’s face it, dream hair is truly possible. If voluminous and curly hair is the goal, we’ve got the tricks you need. Read on to learn how to curl hair with a blow dryer.

We’ll admit, learning to curl hair with a hair dryer will take a  little bit of practice to fully get the hang of it. However, once you get the tricks down, you’ll be able to easily curl hair with a hair dryer in in your sleep.

blow dryer to create curls
These tools of the trade are a must!

1. Use the right tools.

Before you can get started you’ll need the right tools, of course! If you’re doing blowouts regularly, we suggest getting a professional blow dryer where you can control the speed and heat. It’s also a major bonus if it has an effective cool setting. You’ll also need a somewhat small round brush. Lastly, you’ll need alligator clips or bobby pins to hold the curls while drying the rest if your hair.

2. Prep your hair.

One of the most important steps to getting the perfect home blowout is prepping your hair. The right products will make sure your hair stays curled and voluminous. Start off by making sure your hair is protected while blow drying it. Use TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, and spritz it all throughout your hair.

When it comes to prepping your roots, you’ll want something a little more voluminous. Apply a little less than a golf ball size amount of Suave Professionals Firm Control Boosting Mousse. It will make sure your roots stick up right where you want them.

3. Rough dry your hair.

To make your life so much easier, roughly blow-dry your hair until it is about 80% dry. This will make the rest of your hair drying experience much easier to complete. It also helps to make the style less damaging because you aren’t directing so much heat to small sections.

4. Section off your hair.

Section off your hair horizontally in at least three layers. The thicker your hair is, the more sections you’ll need to create. It’ll be even easier if you section from the top working your way down. This way the next section is ready when you finish the one beneath it.

5. Over-direct your roots.

To get volume in your roots, you’ll need to do some over-directing. This is super easy, all you need to do is blow-dry your roots upwards, using the round brush to pull your roots upwards.

6. Create your curl.

using a blow dryer to create amazing curls
The secret to curled hair with a blow dryer.

After setting the roots, keep using the brush to help you smooth and dry your hair. When the section of hair is almost dry, roll your hair all the way up the brush. Then hit the brush with a blast of hot air for a few seconds. This is why it is so helpful to have a brush with air holes. When the section is totally dry, blast it again with the blow dryer set to cool.

7. Pin your hair up.

When the section is mostly cool, gently unravel it from the brush. You’ll want to make sure you don’t accidentally create any knots. Roll your hair back up around your fingers and pin into place like a pin curl. This makes sure the curls will set and hold in place.

8. Cool your hair and release.

Keep repeating these steps until your hair is all dry and pinned up. Finish getting ready (do your makeup, get dressed, have a boogie) and your hair should be set. Release the pins and shake out your curls! Set your whole style with a good mist of Nexxus Weightless Style Ultra Light Hair Spray.

Achieving a voluminous, curly look with a blow dryer isn’t as difficult as it looks. Whether you’re going to a fancy event or just in the mood to try a new hairstyle, this blow out look is the perfect style.

Want to learn more about how to master styles with a blow dryer? Check out more about how to master the blow dryer diffuser.

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