So often we spend a precious part of our day trying to achieve a great blowout; to have it not hold up to the weather or an evening on the town can be frustrating. Is the blowout the problem, or what you are not doing before the blowout? The idea is to have a style that can withstand humidity, wind, salsa dancing and the super-attentive boyfriend.
Blow Drying Tips: Things you need to know and have:
1) Do not blow dry your hair in the shower after showering. Avoid humidity. Find a separate area where you can comfortably do your hair without the steam.
2) Try sitting instead of standing when blow drying – sometimes you get weak in the knees and it becomes a bother.
3) When applying products, you often need more than one. Depending on your hair type, you can use a volumizing product at the top in the root area, and a smoothing product through the rest of the hair. The air from the dryer is very hot, so it is recommended to have at least three products in your hair before blow drying. Remember, if you don’t use products, you will always get the same results; hair with a mind of its own. I do this every day in the salon and it works.
4) Hair clips are extremely important, they will help you achieve clean sections without feeling overwhelmed by huge sections of hair.
5) Having a nozzle on the hair dryer is highly recommended to properly guide airflow, creating more smoothness and shine on the hair. If you don’t have a nozzle, take your dryer to the nearest beauty supply – they can get you one that fits.
6) Be sure to apply products evenly, especially on the hairline – this is where some of us start frizzing shortly after blow drying. When blow drying you may actually want to start at the hairline, especially for us curly-hair folks.
7) Always use products; it will make blow drying easy and give optimum protection.
8) The right shampoo and conditioners can make a big difference in your blow dry. For example, if you have curly hair, use a shampoo to assist in fighting the frizz. For fine hair, a volumizing shampoo is needed.
Bonus Tip: Always thoroughly rinse conditioners out of your hair. It is important to know that only leave-in conditioners are made to be left in the hair; as they have “scalp respect” – everything else should be rinsed off well.
Now let’s talk about the dryer. The one thing about a professional dryer is that when it finally burns out (after 2 years or so) it can be repaired. Compare that to a cheap dryer – honey, when it’s done it’s done! There are so many choices on the market. Here are a few of my favorites that work well and are long-lasting. Solano, Elchim and Bio Ionic are just some of my faves. If you need help choosing a dryer, check out the Beauty Tips section, where you’ll find everything you need to know about the dryer that’s right for you, and I mean everything.