There are quite a few reasons as to why you should use a hair dryer.
But do you know how to use one properly?
Do you know how to take control and to use your dryer to more than dry your hair but also to style, maximize and find your hair’s real potential?
We’re all guilty of being in a rush and needing perfect hair dried hair in two minutes so-we-blast-our-hair-on-full-heat-to-dry-it!!!
It’s not just the professional who can produce sleek, sophisticated hair.
With a bit of knowledge and help from the experts we all can have fab hair in record time.
It’s time for you to take control of the dryer…
Wash your hair
Wash your hair and use heat resistance products to ensure that when you do blast your hair with heat, it doesn’t get damaged!
Your hair can become damaged with too much washing, so don’t overdo it!
Towel dry your hair
According to celebrity stylist, Rodney Cutler, whose clients include Emma Watson and Jamie King,
“A lot of women start with sopping wet hair. Your hair should be 60-65% dry before you even start to blow dry with a brush.”
He continues by stating that it’s less damaging to your hair if you pre-dry.
“Towel dry, then blow dry using your hands only for a bit, then use a brush, starting at the roots.”
So, make sure your hair isn’t dripping wet when you start to dry it with a towel. The more you can towel dry your hair, the less damage it will take from the heat of the hair dryer.
Section your hair
If you section your hair (and I don’t mean put in an institution!), use clips to hold these sections in place.
It’s often easiest to begin by gathering your hair on top and clamping it with a hair clip.
Allow your hair on either side and the back of your head to hang down naturally whilst you work on each section.
If you have a fringe, you should start by working on this first as it’ll dry faster than the rest of your hair and you don’t want it to dry out of shape.
It can be difficult to separate your hair into sections, particularly if your hair is thick, so the best thing to do is to section your hair more, the thicker your hair is.
Start drying the smaller sections of hair first using a medium setting.
The sides of your head will be easiest to brush and dry, so perhaps start with them first.
Many women use round brushes to dry their hair so make sure you put it in at the roots, concentrating the hair dryer 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 to being dry too.
Start then to roll the ends on the brush and finish drying.
Avoid just wrapping your brush around each section and blasting with heat…
According to Cutler,
“The bigger the brush, the smoother the hair.”
Use the nozzle!
Yes, that strange looking device that came with your hair dryer when you first bought it, is the very important nozzle!
Not all nozzles are the same – the thinner the better.
If you don’t use this attachment, which you clip to the end of your dryer, you’ll end up blasting your hair with hot air and can cause serious damage to your roots.
The nozzle directs the heat to the ends of your roots as you move through the sections, whilst drying.
Try lifting from the roots is you want more volume.
Use a wide-tooth comb or your hands to achieve this.
If you want extra volume at the crown, you could use rollers which you could put in when the hair is still warm from the blow dryer.
Set that style!
Try not to be in such a rush – let each section ‘set’ or cool before you dash onto dry the next section.
Do this by allowing the round brush to rest on each section, with the hair still around it – this helps you preserve the style for longer.
There’s a button on your hair dryer that is perfect for helping you do this – it looks like a snow flake and has the ability to cool and set your style – use it!
Not too much product!
Product is great – but in moderation…
One of the things that ruins a perfectly hair dried head of hair, according to the experts, is the use of too much product on the hair.
The right pre-blowout is going to save your ends from breakage and make your hair style last longer – just make sure you apply it correctly.
Too many of us only focus on the front of our hair – don’t forget the back!
Don’t overkill the use of hairspray afterwards either!
So, now you know how to make the most of your hair dryer, how to use it properly to get the most of it to produce stunning sensational hair styles, your own stylist would be proud of!
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