It seems so simple, doesn’t it? Point dryer at hair and wait for it to dry…but, no. Here are some tips and tricks to get the best blow dry.
CHOOSE A GREAT DRYER
Review our Blow Dry 101 post to find the best dryer for your hair. There are many shapes, wattages, features and construction materials to choose from.
CHOOSE YOUR BRUSH WISELY
A large, flat brush with vents will dry hair much faster. A round brush will aid in styling. Stay away from metal in the brushes you use while blow drying. This will only create more heat and excessive heat = damage.
ADD PRODUCT TO CONTROL HAIR
A little product on damp hair can make all the difference in a blow out. Sally Beauty sells a wide array of heat protectants.
GO SECTION BY SECTION
Section out hair so each section gets dry without hitting already dry sections. This will prevent heat damage on the already-dry areas and allow for more styling control.
KEEP IT MOVING
Constantly keep the dryer in motion. Stopping in one spot may overheat and damage your hair.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT ANGLES
To get volume, flip all hair over your head to one side and blow the roots, then flip all hair to opposite side and blow that side’s roots. When styling with your dryer, pull hair taut but not too tight. Pulling your brush up at the roots will add volume, pulling down will create a sleek, close-to-the-head look.
CONTROL HEAT + AIR FLOW
Start with medium heat and moderate air flow to pre-dry (you can pre-dry just using your hands and no brush) then switch to higher heat and introduce a hair brush for the finish. Especially if you are using your dryer to manipulate your hair into a style (EX : flipping up the ends, creating a wave). Higher heat while styling will help your hair set better.
FINISH OFF WITH A COOL BLAST
Help your hair cool down with the cool blast on your dryer then let hair rest until completely cool before messing with it again (if you are dissatisfied with how the style came out!). The hair will settle as it cools and take on a slightly different texture and appearance.