There is almost no feeling like walking out of a salon with that perfect shiny, playful, blow dried hair. But maintaining that salon-quality hair at all times without having to spend countless hours and money at a salon, is a challenge all of us have faced.
Here are a few tips on how to blow dry your hair at home in the most convenient and affordable way.
Blow Dry Hair At Home
Buying The Right Hair Dryer
The first thing to keep in mind is to buy a branded hair dryer which isn’t too heavy to handle. Also look for a dryer with a nozzle and diffuser attachment which helps concentrate air in an even flow.
You should be able to adjust the temperature and the air stream. At least two settings should be available including a low-temperature setting. Medium heat is best for pre-drying hair while high heat manipulates your hair’s style.
Using The Right Brush And Product
Make sure to use a paddle brush if you prefer a straight look or go with a large round brush with nylon or boar bristles, if you like volume.
Metal brushes are the last thing you want to use, as they heat up fast, adding excess heat to the hair leading to hair breakage.
Be sure to treat your hair before and after you blow dry by using products like leave-in conditioner, anti-frizz serum, moisturizing hair spray to keep your hair shiny and smooth all day long.
Getting The Right Start
Instead of rubbing wet hair, gently blot out excess water with towel while pressing slightly to the scalp. This way you remove the excess moisture without draining the hair of its nutrients. Once the dripping stops, comb the hair thoroughly with a wide-tooth comb, moving from the tip to the base of your head to remove tangles.
Remember never to blow dry dripping wet hair, as excess water can lead to bubbles forming inside your hair shaft.
Following The Right Method
Separate your hair into 4-6 sections with help of hair clips if you have long hair. If it’s short, then just part it into two sections. Keep the drier at least 6 inches away from the scalp.
Remember to blow dry in a downwards motion and in one direction. This will help prevent dryness, frizz and spilt ends. You should always keep the blow-dryer in motion to avoid applying too much heat in a single spot which might leave the hair parched.
Getting The Right Finish
Finish with a applying a stream of cool air, to lock in shine and boost the elasticity of your hair. The heat from the dryer opens the holes on your scalp, which are otherwise meant to hold the cuticles in place.
Using cold air closes up these holes back up securing them once again to the scalp while preventing strands of hair from falling out. These above mentioned easy to follow tips are gentle on your hair without compromising its shine and bounce.
A point worth remembering, before following this guide on how to blow dry hair is that, excessive and prolonged blow drying can cause headaches and thus you shouldn’t use them for more than hour and a half at a time.