How to Blowdry Hair: The Men’s Edition

Alyssa François | 23 August 2016

One step closer to cooler, more professionally styled hair.

Allow us let you in on a little secret: The key to your fresh style isn’t just your pomade, paste or gel. It’s a blowdryer. Yes! Have you ever wondered why your cowlicks won’t stay in place? You’re not blowdrying your hair, that’s why. And have you ever wondered why you’re not achieving the slick, straight style shown on men’s fashion runways? You guessed it again! We know, we know—the last thing you want to do is add to your styling routine by having to deal with any type of hair tool, especially one that you have to plug in. But we’re here to tell you that it’s super easy, and it doesn’t have to turn into a lengthy, tiresome process. Ready for your best looking comb-over or pompadour yet? Learn how to blowdry hair with these simple steps.

3-Step Blowdry Hair Tutorial for Men

Step 1: Wash and prep for styling.

A well-styled look starts in the shower. Wash hair with Dove Men + Care Fresh & Clean Fortifying 2-In-1 Shampoo and Conditioner to deeply cleanse hair. The goal is to start fresh and clean!

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Whether your hair is short or long, a blowdryer can help you achieve the look you want. Photo credit: Ferraz Essani Photography

Step 2: Set your temperature.

Analyze your hair texture: If you have a finer hair texture, you can get away with a medium-to-cool temperature. If it’s thick or coarse, a higher heat setting may be needed to help straighten or nudge hair towards the direction you want it styled. To start, first prep hair with a heat protectant like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray to guard hair from heat damage, then pick your setting.

Part your hair based on your preference. Using a brush, blowdry hair in the direction you want it to fall, directing the nozzle (safely) on your roots. Hair needs to be trained while it’s wet, and focusing on the roots forces the length of the hair to naturally fall in place as well as create some lift. If your style requires a bit of height, use the blowdryer to create volume by wiggling the blowdrying in an upward motion.

Step 3: Apply some styling product.

After laying down the groundwork with your blowdryer, apply your styling agent. Smooth a small dollop of product onto hands and work it through your hair from root to tip. Some products leave hair with a wet feeling, which requires a little more drying time. If this is the case and you’re short on time, put your blowdryer on its cool setting (usually by pressing a blue button near your trigger finger) to speed up the process. You’re all set!

Now you know how to blowdry hair. Practice your blowdrying skills on this pompadour hairstyle.