Ask any girl what is the quickest way to revive dull and lifeless looking hair, and a good salon blow dry would be the quick answer. Blow drying your hair gives it a beautiful lift, infuses volume and bounce into flat lifeless strands, while making them appear really soft, manageable and silky.
But going to a salon every time you need a blow dry can not only become expensive, but also pretty consuming. What if we told you that it is indeed possible to give yourself a salon-worthy blow dry right from the comfort of your home? Yes, you read that right. With a few simple blow dry tips and tricks up your sleeve, getting perfectly blow-dried hair at home is totally possible and doesn’t take long either.
And believe it or not, this article will help you do just that. Read on for a complete guide on the prep you need to do, how to blow dry hair at home, what precautions to take in order to prevent heat damage and how to keep the blow dry intact until your next wash.
- 1. Hair preparation before blow dry
- - Step 1: Brush
- - Step 2: Wash
- - Step 3: Condition
- - Step 4: Detangle
- - Step 5: Protect
- 2. How to blow dry hair at home
- 3. How to keep your style in place for a longer period of time
- 4. FAQs about blow dry
1. Hair preparation before blow dry
- Step 1: Brush
The first step to get a salon-worthy blow-dry at home is to brush your hair gently but thoroughly. This will be especially beneficial if you have thick hair. It is important to detangle your hair to avoid breakage. Start from your hair tips and gently move upwards towards your roots. Then using a boar bristle brush, run it through your scalp and hair to equally distribute the natural oils and condition your hair.
- Step 2: Wash
Next, it is time to wash your hair. Cleaning your hair scalp is a great way to ensure that your hair doesn’t look flat and the effects last longer. Always wash your hair with lukewarm water to prevent dryness and use a gentle SLS-free shampoo for best results.
- Step 3: Condition
After you’ve rinsed out all your shampoo, it is time to infuse some moisture back into your hair. Take a coin-sized amount of your favourite conditioner and apply it to the lengths of your hair. Leave it on for about five minutes and wash it off with water. Doing this after shampooing is extremely essential to hydrate the strands, reduce frizz and make hair more manageable.
- Step 4: Detangle
Since you cannot comb your hair when wet, it is best to detangle your hair while you're still in the shower. After you’ve applied the conditioner, take a wide-toothed comb and gently run it through your hair to get rid of all tangles. This will also help spread the conditioner properly for extremely soft strands.
- Step 5: Protect
After rinsing out the conditioner, towel dry your hair to get rid of excess water. Next, take a heat protectant spray and spritz a generous amount all over your hair. This coats your hair in moisture to protect it from heat damage, while adding volume and delivering hair shine, post heat styling.
2. How to blow dry hair at home
Step 01: Before you begin to apply heat on your hair, we advise you allow your hair to air-dry to minimise damage. Next, divide your hair into two parts. Take the major chunk of your hair from the crown area, roll it up in a bun and secure it at the top of your head with a hair clip.
Step 02: Start with roughly drying the lower section of your hair with a hair brush. Ensure that the nozzle of the hair-dryer is pointed downwards to reduce frizz and enhance shine.
Step 03: Always use the right temperature to get a salon style blow dry with minimal damage. When simply drying hair, it is best to set the dryer to the medium temperature setting. If you want to manipulate the shape and style of your hair, then the highest heat setting works best. Lastly, cold hair setting works best to set a style in place.
Step 04: After your hair is roughly dried, remove all the clips and decide on the style you want to create.
- If you want to create curls, take a round brush, wrap small sections of hair around it and blow-dry, starting from root to tip.
- For loose, voluminous waves, tie all your hair in a bun and blow dry it for about three to four minutes.
- If you want straight hair, gently pull sections of hair using the same round brush and blow dry on a higher heat setting starting from the root to tip.
To make these hairstyles last longer, always finish each section with a cold air blast to lock the style in place.
Step 05: Additionally, the angle at which you hold your dryer and the direction in which you blow-dry also makes a major difference. Always place it at a 45-degree angle aiming mainly at the roots to add more volume and give your hair a beautiful lift.
3. How to keep your style in place for a longer period of time
- After you have finished blow drying your hair, spray on a generous amount of a volumising finishing spray. This will make your hairstyle stay in place longer, as well as keep your roots from looking flat in just a few hours.
- Avoid touching your hair constantly. The sweat and oil from your fingers transfer to your hair and scalp, thereby making it appear flat and frizzy sooner than it should.
- Always prep your hair with the right kind of products that are meant for your hair type. From the shampoos to the setting sprays you use, every product has a major role to play in keeping your blow dry looking the way it does. Using the wrong products will make your hair appear flat, lacklustre and frizzy, undoing all your effort in hardly any time. If you can’t decide what products to use for your hair type, we recommend you speak to your stylist the next time you go in for your haircut so that you don’t end up investing in the wrong products.
4. FAQs about blow dry
Q. How long does a blow dry last?
A. With a little practice, along with the right tools and products, it is easily possible to make your blow-dry last anywhere between three to five days. Although this depends on your hair type as well, investing in a good dry shampoo is one of the easiest ways to revive a blow-dry and make it last longer as well.
Q. Why is my hair so frizzy after a blow-dry?
A. This could be happening for two main reasons – you are either not using a heat protectant spray or you are blow-drying in the wrong direction. Prepping your hair with a heat protectant spray helps coat your hair with moisture and prevents the heat from opening up and penetrating your cuticles and causing frizz. This delivers a shiny, frizz-free look post the blow-dry. Secondly, always blow dry your hair from top to bottom to flatten frizz and add root volume.