Everything You Need For a Pro Blowout
Mastering the art of blow-drying your hair takes time. Luckily, we’ve been doing this for a while and have all the answers you need to have salon perfect hair. There might be a few mistakes you’re making that keep you away from the perfect hair you’re looking for. But don’t worry, we’ll iron those out for you too.
Before we get started, stock up on a few essentials:
- Great style primer (We love Redken’s Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express)
- Ceramic or Keratin blow dryer (Try Conair’s Infinity Pro)
- A big round brush
- Your favorite styling products
Mistake Number One
So many women are in a rush to get ready that they try drying their hair when it’s too wet. This will take you forever. Your hair should be around 60% dry before you even hit it with some heat from your blow-dryer. Here’s the right way to start: towel dry, then dry your roots with your fingers, and finally use a brush.
Mistake Number Two
If you want volume, you definitely need to focus on your roots but you need to use your fingers! Finger lifting your hair while you’re drying the roots helps boost volume. Brushes won’t get close enough to your roots to give them the lift you’re looking for.
Clipping your hair up on the top of your head will help, too. While you dry, section your hair so you can focus the heat on certain areas. Which means using a diffuser, if you’re not already. And if you’re not already, you need to be! Focusing the heat will help your hair dry smoother.
Mistake Number Three
What kind of brush are you using? Are you using a brush that’s right for your hair length? Probably not. For short hair, you need a boar-bristle brush. It’ll help smooth your short hair down, and convince it to stay in place. For medium length hair, you should try a boar-and-nylon round brush. Add some good ole body and fight frizz with that brush. For long hair, you’ll want a ceramic round brush. It heats up, so you’ll be able to wrap your long hair around the brush for some added assistance.
The bigger the brush, the smoother the hair.
Mistake Number Four
Who knows how to use hair products correctly? We’re pretty convinced it’s trial and error. Apparently, we’re wrong! There’s a right and wrong way to use different types of products.
Want volume? Concentrate on your roots. Putting the product on the ends of your hair will actually weigh it down. Trying to keep your style in place? Use less hairspray, from farther away. It’ll help your look stay intact longer!
Mistake Number Five
This is the key to your look: we know you’re busy, but you need to let your hair cool before you go. Letting your hair cool on the brush will really help it keep its shape. This is something stylists aren’t telling us, but we get the hint. It will actually set your hair, so you won’t need the hairspray overload you feel like you might.
Ladies, do you have any blow drying tips?