MAX OUT YOUR HAIR DRYER’S FULL POTENTIAL!
A SIMPLE GUIDE HOW TO USE YOUR HAIR DRYER PROPERLY…
Do you actually know anyone who hasn’t got a hair dryer?
But how many of us actually know how to use it as it should be used?
If you’re like the majority of us, you’ll hate spending hours straightening, curling, twisting and just drying those locks of yours.
But, like cleaning your teeth, it’s one of those daily monotonous essentials that just need doing and, after all, your hair is your crowning glory, so to speak.
If you are a typical user of the hair dryer then you’ll know the basics but very few of us read the full instructions that come with all that packaging and accessories.
If you want to get the most out of your appliance, after all, some of them certainly aren’t cheap, then you’ll need to look after it to ensure it provides you with supreme service.
Storing, cleaning and restricting exposure to moisture or excessive heat is something most of us never think about when it come to the heat machine.
But is vital in maintaining its ultimate performance.
Not only looking after your hair is important but the life of the hair dryer as well.
If you want to maintain peak performance from it, it needs looking after too.
The best methods of using a hair dryer doesn’t mean you have to have qualifications in hair styling.
Some stylistic tips though are always helpful when it comes to using your appliance when trying for that salon look.
You don’t want your hair to look dry or frizzy so practice is paramount.
As the famous beauty products say, ‘it won’t happen overnight, but it will happen…’.
Thus practice, patience equals perfection.
Prepare your hair by washing, towel drying and applying products it so by the time you come to drying and styling it, it’s application-action ready.
Use hair clips to separate your hair into manageable drying chunks.
The thicker your hair, the more section you’ll need.
Don’t be afraid of the attachments.
There is usually included in the packaging, a concentrator nozzle which helps direct the flow of the heat.
You will also find a diffuser nozzle which is great for helping control curly hair.
Hair dryers come with what is called different wattage.
As a general rule, the thicker your hair the more watts or wattage you will need from your hairdryer.
The recommendation is anything between 1200 and 2000 watts.
Drying your hair is very dependent on the kind of style you are trying to achieve.
There are various controls on the appliance which are there for a reason.
Some control the heat settings, which is the most important setting.
This is essential as it’s the temperature that affects the shape of your hair…
To use the hair dryer most effectively use the settings suitable for your hair type;
Medium setting for thick hair.
Cooler settings for dry and damaged.
Have you ever seen the button with a snow flake on it?
That’s the setting which has cool air.
This is a really nifty feature.
It can help ‘set’ your hair once you’ve styled your hair into place with the higher temperature settings.
Remember you control the dryer, not the other way around so ensure you get to know your hair dryer before you start.
It’s the same with any relationship, for it to work properly and last forever whilst keeping you both happy, you’ve got to take the time to get to know each other properly.
3. The Hair Dry - We have lift-off!
So, is your hair ready clipped into its different sections?
Hair dryer in hand.
You have understood the controls and poised for action?
Are you facing your mirror with good hair front and back coverage?
Then it’s time for blast off…press or flick that on switch.
Turn on the dryer trying to keep its handle down-facing.
You should start with a medium heat and build up the heat usage as you go along.
Hold your dryer about 20 cm away from your head so the heat doesn’t burn your hair fibres.
If you are drying to start with without a brush, this is good if you want to pre-dry your hair before styling and getting excessive water from your roots.
This also gives volume and reduces drying/styling time.
If using a brush to style your hair, try and maintain a 5cm distance from the dryer.
4. Turn on the heat…
- Start drying on a lower temperature and build the heat depending on your hair type.
- The higher the temperature, the lower the speed should be.
- Remember, to speed up the blow-drying, turn the power up more, not the heat!
- If you want to start styling use the concentrator or diffuser. The concentrator nozzle directs the heat to s specific target area.
- Complete the hair-drying section by section, strand by strand, starting at the nape of the neck and brushing downwards – root to tip.
- Remember, the hair dryer follows the brush.
- Blast the hair to ‘set’ the style by turning on the snowflake or cool air button.
There we have it...
Many of us dry our hair without much thought and then wonder why our hair doesn't turn out as it should.
If you follow these basic steps you and your hair dryer can have the proper relationship you desire without the cost, fuss and hair tantrums!