Blowdrying your hair is one of those things you probably do often but not necessarily in the best way. If you’re anything like us, you’re more of a blast it quickly and run out the door, which lets face it doesn’t always get the best results!
Tip #1: Make sure your hair is not too wet
A lot of women start with sopping wet hair. Your hair should be 60-to-65 percent dry before you even start to blowdry with a brush – this helps prevent damage. Simply towel dry, then blow dry using only your hands for a bit, then use a brush—starting at the roots.
Tip #2: Give your hair uplift
So how do you give your hair lift and volume – so you look like you have just stepped out of the salon? Initially use your hands to comb your roots up and blow-dry. This works better than a brush, since the diameter of a brush won’t allow you to get very close to the roots, this is an essential step to give your hair some oomph.
Tip #3: Make sure you start at the top
Many women who use a brush end up wrapping the hair around it and blasting it with heat. Which is apparently not only a no, but it actually takes so much longer than doing it the right way, Put your round brush in at the roots, roll the brush down to the ends then take it back up to the roots, concentrating your blowdryer on that area and your hairline first. By the time your roots and your hair midway down is dry, your ends should be pretty close. Then start to roll the ends on the brush and finish drying.
Tip #4: Use your products correctly
When it comes to applying products, we can really over do it. The idea is to use them sparingly, the right way, and in the right place. If you’re going for volume, you want to concentrate product at the roots—since putting the products on your ends will pull your hair down. And if you’re a hairspray fanatic? When women get the style they want, they think it’s time to hammer it with hairspray. First, you need to spray it from a distance which will allow for even distribution. And keep it to a light spray—a close, heavy spray means that it actually builds up in one area, and your look will collapse and look unnatural.
Tip #5: Make sure you use the right brush
The bigger the brush, the smoother the hair. If you have a round brush that features metal in the middle, or a metal core, it can certainly provide a smoother look—but it also heats up like an iron, so remember to keep drying time to a minimum since it is more damaging. And if you have coarse hair or are prone to flyaways? It’s better to skip those altogether for a traditional boar or nylon bristle brush, as the ones with metal tend to not have as many bristles and therefore don’t provide as much tension for a smooth pull.
Tip #6: Give your hair time to set
Brush and run? Letting your hair cool down on the brush before moving on to the next section will make your style longer lasting. It will actually set it. Unless you want to do this process again tomorrow, just relax and let your hair cool down on that brush. It’s that one thing that makes your post-salon hair so much better.
Tip #7: Use a nozzle
That attachment that came with your blow dryer when you bought it—and that you conveniently tucked under your bathroom sink never to be seen again? Yeah, you need that. If you don’t use it, it just sprays the hair with heat all over. It won’t be concentrated on the cuticle and you won’t get that smooth look.”