Who doesn’t love sitting in a professional’s chair while their hair is being blow-dried and styled? It’s relaxing, fun and you leave the salon with your hair looking better than you could have ever styled it at home on your own. If you’re looking to sharpen your blow-drying technique at home and learn how to achieve that salon look in-between appointments, here are five tips that will help.
Use a Nozzle
You know that attachment that comes with every blow dryer that most people either throw away instantly or discard to get lost in the recesses of their bathroom cabinets? It’s important. Take notice next time you’re sitting in the salon chair. Many professional hairstylists blow dry with a nozzle. Why? It helps spread out the concentrated heat and makes it easier for the stylist to brush through hair while it’s being dried.
Use a Heat Protectant Spray
This is a big one. Most of the time when we shape and style our hair at home, it doesn’t look salon-worthy because it lacks volume or is previously damaged. A heat protectant spray does exactly what it says it will. When we apply too much heat to our hair, moisture is sucked out, leaving hair flat and often damaged. A good protectant will shield delicate hair from the heat needed to dry and style, thus naturally adding a little volume and moisture back into your hair. With a good heat protectant, you’ll be one step closer to salon-style hair at home.
Use a Big Brush
It’s early Monday morning. You hit snooze on your alarm clock twice, jumped out of the shower and are trying to blow dry your hair quickly. The chances are that you skipped grabbing a brush and are using your fingers, assuming that it helps your hair dry quicker. Wrong. Using a big round brush ensures that you will have less styling to do after your hair is dry. It also helps protect the moisture in your hair that the heat protectant spray keeps locked inside.
Start at the Top
The root of the hair always takes the longest to dry, which is why it’s tempting to start blow-drying hair from the bottom first. But starting your blow-drying process at the top is actually the most beneficial to both your time and your hair. By devoting time to your roots at the beginning of the drying process, the tips of your hair are given more time to dry and require less heat.
Let Your Hair Dry Some First
It’s tempting to jump out of the shower and immediately run wet fingers and blow dryer through the hair. But hair actually retains more moisture, styles easier and looks better if it has some time to air dry first. So instead of rushing from the shower to the sink, towel-dry your hair for twenty seconds, get dressed, let the dog out and make your morning cup of coffee. Then come back and break out the blow dryer.