Secrets from the Expert!
Blow Dry your own hair…
We all run extremely busy lives and have barely the time to go to a salon and pamper ourselves. Until you remember that you have an important meeting, an interview or you just must look presentable at your work place. You can’t enter your office wearing a suit with dripping wet or frizzy hair! How do you make it to that party without ratty wet ringlets?
Air drying might be healthy and natural solution, but blow drying on the other hand, when done carefully and with the right techniques, can keep your hair healthy looking and more presentable. So if you’re sick of wet patches on the back of your shirt and frantically rubbing your wet hair with a towel, than forget your old routine and start practicing and improving your blow drying skills today.
So here is how:
- Wash your hair. You can use your regular shampoo, but for better blow drying effects and protection, try washing with a moisturizing shampoo. This type of shampoo will provide extra moisture that will protect your hair from the effects of the blow dryer. It will also protect it from any other heat caused by straightening or curling, and will add more moisture to your hair. You don’t have to buy an expensive brand. If you wish, I can recommend of great shampoos on a budget. Use conditioner right after. If you find that your hair is too flat or gets greasy fast, do not use it on the scalp.
- Towel dry your hair slightly just enough to stop it from dripping. Don’t rub your hair with the towel because friction causes split ends, frizzy dryness and normally does a lot of damage. Instead, gently wrap the towel around your hair and press down on it gently. Don’t press down too hard. Your hair doesn’t have to be very dry at all after towel drying, it just shouldn’t be excessively soaked and dripping everywhere. I always recommend to spray a heat protector or a serum after towel drying it.
- Start air drying at the roots, about six inches away from your scalp. Maintain this distance throughout, so nothing burns. By drying the hair on your scalp, it prevents the moisture from soaking the rest of your hair. If you want more volume, bend your head forward. Dry it only up to %50. you need it moist if you want to get a nice blow dry with your brush. It’s also much easier to grab and wrap the hair around the brush when it’s moist.
- Now separate your hair into 4 sections using clips. Create a section with your comb, going from the middle of your forehead down to your nape area, and another section from ear to ear. Use 4 clips, one for each section. If your hair is a bit too short, you may want to just part it into two sections.
- Blow drying is always preformed by working your way up. Starting with the sections at the very bottom and moving towards the top. Start working with one of the back sections, dividing them horizontally into two, clipping the top section, and working with the bottom one.
- Pick an appropriate size round brush. The longer your hair, the bigger your round brush should be. However, if your goal is to create body, smaller sized brush is better. It will allow you to reach under the root.
- Place the round brush under the root of the very bottom section, and point your blow dryer on top of the brush, drying the root area first and moving slowly towards the ends. If you are right handed, the brush should be held with your right hand and the blow dryer with your left, and vice versa.
- If you wish to achieve more volume, the motion of your brush should be going up towards the ceiling (for best volume results, hold the hot brush at the root area by the scalp with the section of the hair wrapped around the brush for 5 seconds and then release. If you just want your hair straight, your motion should be going downwards, towards the floor. It is important not to touch the blow dried section until it cools off.
- Repeat the same technique with the rest of your sections, remembering working your way up with horizontal sections.
- Don’t over dry your hair. Leave it slightly moist (95% dry). This will ensure that your hair won’t dry out, and become frizzy or damaged.
- Finish with a blast of cold air, to lock in shine. Brush through your hair gently, or de-tangle it with your fingers. If needed, you can even use a tiny bit of serum (Moroccan Oil for example). This will work to keep your locks shiny and smooth, and now, dry, all day long!
- Use hairspray ONLY if you really need it. I find that most hair sprays are alcohol based, and therefore they dry out your hair and damage it in the long run. If you want my advise on the best hair sprays out there (water based) you can contact me.
Good Luck, and don’t forget to send me pictures of your own Blow Dry.
David Buriev – Author of “The Secrets Your Hairdresser was Always Hiding”