The correct blow-drying technique not only makes you look a million dollars but also minimises hair damage and leave your style looking fresher for longer. Use our tips to get terrific tresses.
It’s everyone’s dream to be able to recreate that perfect salon blow-dry from the comfort of their own home. Sometimes, this dream can seem impossible even with the best hairdryer.
The correct blow-dry technique not only makes you look a million dollars but also minimises hair damage and leave your style looking fresher for longer. Use our tips to get terrific tresses.
Prepping your hair before a blow-dry
Firstly, you should only turn to your hairdryer once your hair is about 60% dry. Blow-drying dripping-wet hair makes it prone to frizz and will give you a serious arm ache in the process. Try to wait at least 15 minutes after washing. If you're in a rush, lightly towel-dry your hair first to speed things up.
One of the biggest blow-drying mistakes you can make is not protecting your hair against heat exposure. Try ghd Heat Protect Spray before blow-drying to guarantee healthy hair with a 'no-product' feel.
Using a styling product ensures a blown-out style that lasts whilst tackling any hair concerns you have. O&M Atonic Thickening Spritz is perfect if you have fine hair and want more volume. Try Kérastase Styling Crème de la Crème if you have thicker hair and want to control frizz and movement.
The best blow-drying technique:
- Once your hair is prepped, it’s time to dry. Avoid using the highest heat setting of your hairdryer, as you may 'over-dry' your hair, causing dryness and damage. If you're in a rush, increase the airstream as opposed to the heat.
- Hold the brush in your dominant hand and your hairdryer in the other. This may feel unnatural at first, but it gives you more control and flexibility with the brush. Be sure to attach the concentrator nozzle to your hairdryer for the smoothest finish.
- Work in sections. Clip all your hair up, and bring down one section at a time. Start drying at the neckline and continue up to the crown. Make sure the hairdryer is constantly moving. This helps dry every single strand without making any one section too hot and heavy.
- Your hair might feel dry before it actually is. If sections of your hair are still cold to the touch, then they're still damp.Leaving your hair damp will lead to frizz, so it’s important to dry every strand fully.
- Before you switch off the hairdryer, go over your hair using the cool shot button to set everything in place and seal the cuticles. This not only makes your hairstyle last longer, but it also adds shine for a silky finish.
A bad blowout can be torment you for days, so it's worth spending the extra time nailing down your technique for a salon-finished look. You can browse our hairdryer collection to find the perfect tool for you and put your new technique to the test.