BLOW-DRYING YOUR OWN HAIR IS SUCH A CHALLENGE ALL YEAR AROUND. SO WE’VE PUT TOGETHER 8 TIPS TO REDUCE THE TIME SPENT RESULTING IN THE QUICKEST DIY BLOW-DRY EVER.
1. PROFESSIONAL = POWERFUL
A less powerful, older or cheaper model will take longer to blow-dry your hair then a professional hairdryer (such as the ghd Air). Fine – normal hair should look for at least 1800 watts, Thick hair should look for 2000 watts.
Also keep your eyes peeled for words such as ion technology and ceramic heat. These will help against heat damage and reduce problems like frizz or static.
2. RESEARCH YOUR BRUSHES
The brush you use depends on the length and texture of your hair. There are 3 things to remember about brushes:
The longer the hair = the larger the barrel of the brush
A boar bristle brush are great for thick hair
Paddle brushes are the worst for a blow-dry
3. SCRUB OR SQUEEZE?
Never vigorously rub your hair with a towel! This will seriously damage it, resulting in split ends and breakage. Try patting and squeezing locks to remove most of the water, so when you come to blast it off, there’s less water to dry.
4. AIR YOUR HAIR
You should allow your hair to begin drying for 15 minutes under a towel turban. This saves effort and also cuts down on heat exposure to the hair. If you’re rushing on a morning fill this gap with eating your breakfast or picking out your clothes for the day.
5. READY AT THE ROOT
Start your blow-dry at the root of your hair to help your style last longer. The root must be 100% dry to achieve a long lasting result.
This technique smooths cuticle layers, to help create shinier, healthier looking hair.
6. SPEEDY SPRAYS
Drying time can be reduced if you know the correct products to use. Lots of products now-a-days have “fast-drying agents” to tame frizz and fly-aways whilst speeding up your blow-dry.
One product we would recommend from the salon is the Moroccanoil Treatment Oil, as it can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool.
7. HIGHER HEAT DOESN’T MEAN HOTTER HAIR
The air stream should always feel comfortable on the back of your hand. When in a rush turn up the speed on the air flow instead of the heat.
8. FREEZE FINISH
To achieve optimum results, briefly apply a stream of cool air at the end of your blow-dry. This allows your hair to quickly cool down to reduce heat damage and gives your hair more elasticity.
Tip: Fake a voluminous style with a smooth finish. Pin up a inch wide rectangle surrounding your usual parting. Rough dry all the hair underneath until completely dry. Release the top section of hair and smooth over with a round brush!
Enjoy a Happy Hair Day every day!