The Top Ten Tips to avoid when blow drying your hair
When you blow-dry your hair at home does it sometimes feel like it takes forever? Ugh, we’ve been there. And when your hair is finally dry, does it lack that post-salon voluminous look? How disappointing.
If you want to blow dry your hair like a pro follow these tips
BLOW-DRYER MISTAKE #1: YOU START DRYING YOUR HAIR WHEN IT’S TOO WET
Stop Trying To Blow Dry Your Hair When It’s Sopping Wet!
Not only will your blow dry take forever, but blowing hot air on your hair for such a long period of time can cause damage.
So, the next time you towel off, allow your hair to air dry about 80 percent of the way before reaching for your blow-dryer. Your hair will thank you!
BLOW-DRYER MISTAKE #2: YOU DON’T DRY YOUR HAIR IN SECTIONS
The most efficient way to dry your hair is actually by taking the time to go section by section—when you don’t do this, your hair dryer can’t get to all of your hair strands.
If you practice and do it the right way, sectioning off your hair every time you blow-dry isn’t as time-consuming as you’d think.
To do so, simply section your hair into three separate sections. Start your blow-dry from the bottom first and ensure each section is completely dry before you let the next section down.
In order to focus on one section at a time, use sectioning clips to keep the rest of your hair out of the way.
BLOW-DRYER MISTAKE #3: YOU SKIP USING HEAT PROTECTANT
Using heat tools without applying a heat protecting product beforehand could potentially cause damage. That’s why you should always use a product like Kevin Murphy Heated Defense mousse before you pick up your hot tools.
Not only will this best-selling product protect your hair against heat damage, but it will also help minimize your overall blow dry time. What’s not to love? Ask your stylist to show you how to use.
BLOW-DRYER MISTAKE #4: YOU USE THE WRONG HEAT SETTINGS
I am sure you’ve noticed the different heat settings on your blow-dryer, but do you really put them to use? When it comes deciding which one to use, it’s all about your hair type. If you have thicker hair, you may need to use a higher heat setting to dry your hair in a reasonable amount of time. On the other hand, if you have fine hair, a lower heat setting might be enough to get the job done. Of course, the less heat you put on your hair, the better, so experiment to see what works best for you.
BLOW-DRYER MISTAKE #5: YOU GET TOO CLOSE
We’ve all been there: You want to dry your hair as quickly as possible, and it seems like the only way to do so is to cram your blow dryer deep into your tresses. However, this is not the answer to speeding up your blow dry! Holding it too close could cause heat damage, so move that blow dryer back!
BLOW-DRYER MISTAKE #6: YOU DON’T CLEAN YOUR BLOW DRYER
Every time you use your dryer, hair product particles and dust collect in the filter, which can lead to your blow dryer not being able to work as well. Worst case scenario is your blow dryer can heat up and cause your hair more damage….or just blow up!
BLOW-DRYER MISTAKE #7: YOU AREN’T USING THE RIGHT BLOW DRYER
Not all blow dryers are created equal. If you have dry hair that tends to frizz, consider using a ceramic blow dryer. If you’re looking for the quickest drying time, pick up an ionic blow dryer. Again ask your stylist to recommend a dryer that will work best for you.
BLOW-DRYER MISTAKE #8: YOU AREN’T USING THE RIGHT TYPE OF BRUSH
I personally believe that everyone needs two brushes to achieve the perfect blow-dry.The first one needs to be a flat paddle brush or similar and the second one should be a round ,ceramic barrelled brush.
It is difficult to achieve volume without the correct sized brush round brush.
Ask your stylist to show you how to achieve this look using the correct sized brush for your length of hair.
BLOW-DRYER MISTAKE #9: YOU DON’T USE LEAVE-IN HAIR STYLING PRODUCT BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Do you typically notice little frizzies popping up right after you blow-dry? If so, consider using a small amount of leave-in hair styling product, such as Kevin Murphy Young AgainRRP $70 or Eleven Smooth and ShineRRP $32 before you dry or finish with a couple of drops worked through to the ends.
Not only can the right product help tame frizz, but it can also help keep your locks hydrated and healthy.
BLOW-DRYER MISTAKE #10: YOUR HAIR IS NOT COMPLETELY DRY WHEN FINISHED.
Applying all of the above techniques will be in vain if you fail to completely dry your hair.
The roots especially will collapse and go flat if you leave any moisture in.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST PRO TIP!
CONSIDER BEING SEATED RATHER THAN STANDING WHEN BLOW DRYING YOUR HAIR! THIS CAN BE A GAME CHANGER!