Achieving a salon finish look at home is never easy, check out these expert tips to become a blow-dry pro!
Finding a great hair turban can really save on drying time and help keep your hair in better condition. Using your towel to dry your hair will cause frizziness and breakage. If you don’t feel like spending the money, find an old T-Shirt and wrap that around your hair. A great tip is to leave your hair turban on while applying your makeup, by then your hair will be ready for products!
You should treat your hair like a building, start off by having a strong foundation by first using the right products, this will create the internal structure you need to keep your hair looking good. A must-have product is great heat protection, investing in a good heat protection product will do wonders for your hair. Never apply heat without using a protector first!
ghd Bodyguard Heat Protectant Spray RRP £18.95
Beauty Work 10-in-1 Miracle Spray RRP £12
Fudge Professional Blow Dry Aqua Primer £15.50
Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector RRP £26
Your hairdryer makes a real difference, even on a cooler setting a more powerful blast saves minutes off your drying time. Investing in the right hairdryer is essential. Cut down styling time by never settling for a hairdryer that’s less than 1600 watts. Hunt around for one that has multiple heat settings as well as a cold option.
Cloud Nine The Airshot Pro Hairdryer £199.00
ghd Helios Professional Hair Dryer RRP £179.00
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer RRP £329.99
Cloud Nine Airshot Hair Dryer RRP £119.00
BaByliss Platinum Diamond Hair Dryer RRP £60.00
COOL FOR SCHOOL
The finish is as important as the drying time, as soon as you have the shape and volume you desire, seal your style by turning your dryer onto cool. Never leave your hair warm – your blow-dry won’t last two minutes! And don’t even think about not using a nozzle!
Invest in your round brush carefully, the longer the hair, the bigger the brush. Make sure your hairbrush is light and has a non-slip handle. While vented metal round brushes are good for heat reinforcement while styling, boar bristle brushes are usually firmer and denser and create more tension when pulling the hair, which creates more volume and lift in the end.
We recommend looking after your hairdryer by regularly cleaning the filter, which a lot of us completely forget to do. This will help to maintain the efficiency of your hairdryer. Keep brushes clean too, if the bristles are full of hair, they won’t grip to your blow-dry sections as well.
It’s been said many times before, but you shouldn’t style your hair until it’s at least 70% dry. Over-using a hairdryer can rob the hair of precious moisture, leaving it dry and brittle. It will also make your arms ache!
If you’re after some root lift, we suggest blow-drying upside down, this will increase body before styling. Another great tip is using products that increase volume before blow-drying.
Alterna My Hair My Canvas Soaring High Volumizing Blowout Mist RRP £26.95
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Fine To Full Blowout Styling Spray RRP £6
Colour Wow Dream Cocktail Carb-Infused RRP £24
DRY BEFORE YOU APPLY
Never apply styling products onto wet hair, most products have a high-water content and will just become diluted and glide off. Make the most of your products by waiting until your hair is 70% dry and then combing them through section by section for even distribution.
If your hair is fine, don’t use too much conditioner as your hair will drop. Choose a light or leave-in conditioner before blow-drying, and keep your products light too. Only use one styling product and one finishing product, that’s all you need!
If you’re using a finishing product to hold your style, spray it onto a brush first. This will make ensure your hair is not overloaded with product, which will make it become greasy more quickly. Remember… less is more!
TAKE A SHORT CUT
It’s official girls! Laziness can pay off! Short, layered styles usually look much better when finger dried. This can add direction and texture and make your cut really stand out, especially adding face framing layers. Book yourself a low maintenance cut and enjoy the extra beauty sleep.
If you have a difficult hair line or a double crown, then blow-drying your hair can be a nightmare. A great tip is to brush your hair in opposite directions whilst drying, this will tame any unwanted style movements and create extra volume when needed.
GET A GRIP
Once you’ve got the best tools of the trade you need to learn how to hold them. Holding your dryer away from you and firmly means you will struggle to find the right angle. Turn the dryer towards you and loosen your grip then it will tilt easily pointing towards the hair and the direction you’re drying. Watch yourself in the mirror to see where you’re going wrong; your wrists and elbows should be facing inwards.
BACK TO FRONT
We’ve all seen our stylist’s start at the back of the hair and work their way round, but as some of us aren’t too speedy, it may be easier to do the opposite. Style the fringe and front of your hair first as these areas will usually dry quicker than the rest of your hair.