Who doesn’t love a fresh blow dried hair? Don’t we all just love the way we feel when we walk out of a salon with blow dried hair? Shiny, silky hair just puts in me in my best mood and I feel all confident and ready to face the world. For me, on a bad hair day, no amount of makeup/good clothes can set me straight…Its just that way! On the other hand somedays when you hair just seems to be well behaved, I don’t even care to put on makeup.
Of course who are we kidding?! We cannot to go the salon often to get our hair washed & blowdried. One, it is not convenient due to time constraints; secondly it’s not quite affordable. So in my quest to have blow dried I started trying it at home. As the old adage goes “Practice makes Perfect” is absolutely true. Blow drying is quite cumbersome especially when you have to do it for yourself. The dryer in one hand, the brush in the other. I am definitely no expert, but I have improved from where I started. Here are few tips & tricks I learned along the way from various sources. They have helped me a great deal and I hope it helps at least some of you.
1) Get the Right Hair Dryer
Quite obviously, the first thing that you need to have for blow drying your hair is a hair dryer. A good hair dryer makes a huge difference to you styling experience. Choose a good branded one. A higher wattage rating will give high power to produce a strong steady supply of air. Also make sure that the dryer itself is not too heavy. Most importantly look for the features of the dryer. Make sure it comes with a nozzle/diffuser attachment. Also ensure that the dryer has a “cool air” button too.
2) Choose the Right Kind of Brush
For a straight and sleek look go for a paddle brush. If you want more volume with some “rounded” ends go for a round brush. The larger the round brush, the more volume you get. Boar bristles are supposed to give you shinier bristles. Try to avoid metal bristles, as these can be quite harsh. Salon professionals are trained to use them. We may end up with a lot of breakage.
3) Understand Your Hair Type & the Kind of Look You are Trying to Achieve
The nozzle attachment in a hair dryer is very important as it concentrates the air and helps an even flow. When Blowdrying make sure you point the nozzle downwards and move from the roots to the end of the hair.
People with curly hair need to look for dryer with a diffuser attachment. A diffuser looks like the below picture.
It is attached to the end of the hair dryer. This attachment diffuses the hot air very gently rather than being harsh. For curly haired beauties harsh air can cause their hair to frizz. Using a diffuser helps retain the curls at the same times dries the hair.
Tips for blow drying at home
• It is very easy to get frustrated with blow drying your own hair. I almost gave trying to do it home. But my stupid frizzy hair forced me to keep practicing. Now I am a little better .So, keep practicing.
• Always to try to air dry your hair until it’s 75 % dry and start blow drying when your hair is just damp enough. If you start with very wet hair, you may need a lot of time. It also leads to too much heat usage.
• When hair is wet apply a serum to contain frizz. I like to use Paul Mitchell’s super skinny serum.
• Always, Always use a heat protectant before you start styling. Too much heat can lead to breakage and split ends. I really like tresseme’s heat protectant spray.
• Partition your hair into section and start with a little at a time. I like to start with the back of my head as it is toughest part.
• YouTube can be a wonderful resource for this. See a lot of videos and notice the technique. Then try to mimic their hand movements.
• Go through a section a couple of times until it is completely dry. If you leave it wet, it will frizz up again. Remember moisture is your number one enemy for frizz!!
• Shoulder length hair and below is easier to style. Short hair is a bi*** when it comes to blow drying. Hair tends to curl up when you hair is short. Longer hair tends to be straighter as the weight of the hair pulls it down.
• Always finish off your blow drying session with a shot of cool hair. Not only does it feel nice, it helps seal the cuticles and adds shine. If you want that dash of extra volume, hang your head down and finish off with cold hair. Lift up your hair and comb through with your fingers.
• If you want a straight and sleek look, finish of with a straightening iron. Just run it quickly through some strands for a neat look.
Word of Caution
Do not subject your hair to heat everyday. It damages your hair quite bad and can lead to breakage split ends. Make sure you use good leave in masks/treatments to give your hair some extra nourishment.