Breaking Down the Basics: How to Blowdry Hair

Alyssa François | 12 August 2016
How to blowdry hair: effortlessly DIY tips

We’re breaking down the most basic (and crucial) steps you’ve been ignoring.

How to blowdry hair may seem to like a no-brainer for most. But like most hair styling routines, there’s more than one way to create amazing blowout hair that really all depends on your hair type and texture. No wonder some blowouts never yield the same or similar results that our bestie effortlessly achieves! Or maybe you’ve got caught up in the lazy girl method of blowdrying your hair, or don’t really know what products you should be using. That’s cool, we are hear to help you out and put an end to using the wrong products—especially in the incorrect order. Read on to discover five basic steps to keep in mind the next time you blowdry your hair at home.

How to Blowdry Hair On Your Own

how to blowdry hair: the right direction is everything
Blowdrying your hair in the direction you want it to fall is the key to getting great-looking style that’s cooperative.

Tip #1: Know what products come before and after you blowdry your hair.

Hairspray before you blowdry? You might not want to do that. Think of hairspray as the very last product you’ll be using since it’s purpose is to finish and lock in your hairstyle. If you need more help figuring out when to apply your hair products, check out our product application cheatsheet here.

Tip #2: Know how to apply your products.

Proper product distribution is key. If you’re using a hair serum, opt for applying the product while your hair is damp to help with distribution. Work the product through your hair with the help of a wide-tooth comb to prevent damaging your hair while it’s in this fragile state. If you’ve been doing this wrong all along and noticed some damage, don’t fret. Use a product like Suave Professionals Biotin Infusion Anti-Breakage Serum to create a protective seal on your hairstrands before drying your hair.

Tip #3: Know more than one way to prevent frizz.

First, using the right wash and care as well as the right styling products to prevent frizz (we like Dove Nutritive Solutions Anti-Frizz Oil Therapy Shampoo followed by Dove Nutritive Solutions Anti-Frizz Oil Therapy Conditioner)  is vital to your blowdrying routine. However, there is one step you’re missing. You see that cool button on your blowdryer? Do you know how to utilize it? Let us explain. When your hair is exposed to heat the cuticles get lifted, when cuticles are lifted, this invites frizz. At the end of your blowdrying session, switch the setting to cool and give your hair a cold shot to close the cuticle.

How to blowdry hair: use a round brush
How to blowdry hair and tame flyaways at the same time? Use a boar bristle brush for the best results.

Tip #:  Substituting your bristle brush for another brush isn’t the best idea.

Ok, we’ve all been there. The moment you want to blowdry your hair you can’t find your hair brush so you use another. No wonder why your results aren’t the same as last weeks D.I.Y. blowdry session. Always try to use a round nylon boar bristle brush, which can help tame unwanted flyways as you blowdry your hair.

Tip #5 Blowdry your roots in the direction you want your hair to fall.

Our minds are constantly changing, we get it. One minute we want a side part, next minute we want a middle part. In order for your hair cooperate with you, though, you’ll have to blowdry your roots in the direction you want your hair to fall. So the next time you’re thinking about blowing out your hair, be sure to decide what you want your final style to look like. If you do change your mind, grab your blowdryer once more to give you a little help with direction.

Want to know more about how to blowdry hair on your own? Read this guide to finding the right blowdryer.

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