Blow-drying can be healthy and beneficial for your hair if done properly.
Blow-drying is a great way to achieve soft, silky and frizz-free hair. While a salon blowdry will achieve the best finish, you can still get a fantastic result at home. To do this you need to learn how to blowdry your own hair.
First of all, you need the right tools – a hairdryer and a hairbrush.
It is important that your hairdryer has the appropriate extensions – a concentrator nozzle for straight hair and a diffuser for curly hair.
The right hairbrush depends on the length of your hair, and we recommend for short hair, you use a straight brush with nylon bristles; for medium length hair a round nylon bristle brush; and for long hair a round brush with a ceramic core.
Once you have the appropriate tools, it is onto the blowdry:
- After washing your hair, wrap it in a towel and leave to dry for 20 minutes;
- After that, at the lowest temperature setting and from a distance, dry your hair with light circular movements. Dry 80% of your hair before you start blow-drying. If you start blow-drying your hair while it is still wet, you will damage your hair, and if it is too dry it won’t be effective;
- When 80% of your hair is dry, comb it;
- Divide the hair into several strands depending on its length (around 6-10 strands);
- Place the hairbrush under each strand and start drying from the roots to the ends;
- Use the hairdryer to direct the heat to the hair on the hairbrush. Pull the hairbrush through your hair while moving the hairdryer in the same direction;
- Blowdry each strand several times from the roots to the ends;
- When the whole hair is dry, lightly brush with a straight comb;
- Finally, and for longer lasting results, use a little hairspray, although excessive use can be damaging.
The duration of the blowdry depends on the length/thickness of your hair and how big a hairbrush you choose – a bigger hairbrush allows you to dry more hair, and shortens the drying time.
- For the best result, use volumizing products like mousse. Apply it generously to the hair roots before you start to blowdry.
- Spray your hair before with a heat protector.
- Even with protection spray, you should avoid blow-drying your hair with excessive heat. Heat damage leaves hair brittle and dry, and is irreversible. The only way to fix it, is to remove it.