The one thing we know for sure? Any bathroom is only ever complete with a blowdryer. It’s an essential styling tool that deserves a spot in anyone’s bathroom counter. It’s an overachiever that gives us awesome style, volume and hold in minutes. As we’ve also mentioned in prior drying tutorials, the trick in learning how to blow dry men’s hair mostly lies in how you hold the nozzle. Men, especially balding men or those with hair starting to thin out, can always do with a bit of lift up top as it can help give a denser, fuller look. Just see the difference some volume makes and what it can do for a hot little pompadour or a quiff (and conversely, what a flattened hairstyle can do for your entire look—and mood—as well). But no guy wants more pouf than he bargained for either, and therein lies the challenge.
Still sorta clueless on how to properly wield a blowdryer for maximum results? Read on for 2 quick tutorials on how to blow dry men’s hair.
Tutorial #1: How to Blow Dry Men's Hair for Volume, Side-Angled
Blowdrying guys’ hair is really pretty easy, once you see the logic behind it. More than just an extra step, it’s something that helps you shape your hair with less product and also helps lock your style in place for much longer. It’s important to use the right products and techniques to give your hair a voluminous finish that’s healthy and not dried out.
Prep hair with a thermal heat protectant. We recommend TRESemmé Repair and Protect 7 Pre-Styling Spray for the job.
Dry the sides.
Starting at a side section, begin brushing hair while focusing air flow. Do this all in one direction.
Blow-dry the crown by simultaneously drying hair upwards and backwards for more volume.
Set style with some Bed Head by TIGI Manipulator Matte Cream, massaging the product in from the back of the head, then to the front.
Now you’ve got the perfect blow-dry technique and lots of volume.
Tutorial #2: How to Blow Dry Men's Hair for Volume, Straight Back
Start with clean, freshly washed hair.
The first step always begins in the shower, as oil and leftover product can cause your hair to fall limp no matter how much product you use. Remove any grease and buildup first and foremost, with a system that’s also specially formulated to give a fuller, thicker look to your hair, such as Bed Head for Men by TIGI Charge Up Thickening Shampoo and Bed Head by TIGI Charge Up Thickening Conditioner. Rinse well and towel-dry.
Use a pomade over a gel.
Pomades usually work better when shaping fuller hairstyles, so save that extreme-hold gel for another day. Usually a finger-swipe or dime-sized amount of a classic, non-greasy kind, like Dove Men+Care Defining Pomade, ruffled through the top of your head, is enough for most short to medium lengths.
Wiggle close to the scalp.
Using a vented brush to help style your hair at an angle — this brush usually has a retangular head and has slats in it for efficient airflow — run a blowdryer (set it to medium) as close to the roots as possible without feeling hot on your scalp. Remember: Using a tiny wiggling motion, point the nozzle backwards and upwards while giving your strands a slight upward tug, for more lift but without the burn.
Start with your hairline, then move backwards. To finish off your look, rub a tiny finger-swipe of pomade between palms and smooth down your back and sides.
For an extra dose of sheen, blast your hair for a few seconds with some cool air via the cool-shot button on your blowdryer (it’s near your trigger finger). Cold air helps seal down your hair cuticles so they all face one direction, making hair shiner if that’s the look you’re going for. Otherwise, you’re all set!