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How to Blow Dry Hair: 6 Tips from Experts

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It’s easy enough to use a blow dryer to dry your dripping wet hair. But how do you achieve a salon blowout at home? That’s the real question — and, lucky for us, experts have answers.

To achieve the look that professional stylists do on your hair, you need the right tools, techniques, and practice. In this article, I’ll share what I learned about how to blow dry hair according to beauty experts and enthusiasts.

How to blow dry hair perfectly at home

I am one of those people who approach blow-drying as crudely as possible. I take my dryer, point it at my head, and blast my wet hair with heat. And then I wonder why my hair turns out wavy and frizzy. I recently decided to put a stop to this madness and find out how to blow dry hair without frizz and damage.

Here’s what I learned.

1. Get a reliable blow-dryer

My first hair dryer was a hand-me-down from my mom, and my 17-year-old self didn’t care much about its features and functionality. It blasted super hot air that got the job done so it was good enough for me. I learned later on from a stylist friend that the perfect blow dryer should reduce the time it takes to dry my hair, which can help minimize hair damage. She suggested to look for features like multiple heat settings and a cold air setting to close hair cuticles. My quest to find the best ones introduced me to Babylisspro and T3, which are my absolute favorites. Meanwhile, the Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer and REVAIR Reverse Hair-Dryer are among the popular choices, with the latter being favored by curly-haired babes.

Nano Titanium Dryer
T3 Fit Compact Hair Dryer
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, Iron/Fuchsia

2. Use the appropriate nozzle

Those extras that come in the box? They’re there for a reason. Using the nozzle that comes with your blow dryer is essential for keeping air flow concentrated and preventing frizz. So make sure to attach it before you use your dryer!

If your hair is straight or wavy, and you’re aiming for a smooth finish, use a concentrator nozzle to direct air to a specific section and minimize flyaway hair. Meanwhile, if you have curly hair and you want to define your curls, use a diffuser nozzle to spread hot air out and preserve your curls minus the frizz. Yes, beauty comes with its own set of complications.

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, Iron/Fuchsia
Revlon 1875W Infrared Hair Dryer for Faster Drying & Maximum Shine
Remington D3190 Damage Protection Hair Dryer with Ceramic + Ionic + Tourmaline Technology, Black, 3 Piece Set

3. Minimize the heat you apply

Cutting down the heat you apply to your hair is key to preventing dryness and producing a shinier blowout. This one I learned from the pages of Marie Claire 一and ultimately, my mistakes. Since blow-drying is a regular styling choice most of us make, it is important to exercise caution by setting your blower to the lowest or medium heat level. Additionally, towel drying or air drying your hair to remove as much moisture as possible will reduce the amount of time you spend blow-drying. Totally makes sense, now that I think about it.

Another great tip: Don’t forget to apply a heat protectant. It’s like sunscreen for your hair. A word of caution, though: heat protectants are formulated for specific uses, (e.g., only for wet hair.), so, make sure to use the right protectant at the right time.

4. Invest in a quality brush

Apparently, a round brush is ideal for creating waves and straightening hair. But picking an ideal round brush depends on your hair type and the results you’re aiming for.

Here’s the lowdown from my hairdresser: Most hair stylists use a round brush especially to create a bouncy and voluminous look. Brush bristles matter, too. Boar bristles are delicate and suitable for most hair types. But in particular, people with coarse hair can achieve a smoother style with boar-bristle brushes like the one from Silk Elements. On the other hand, porcupine-bristle brushes (e.g., Frizz Defense) are perfect for both fine and thick hair. How’s that for hairbrush 101?

Pro Detangle Hair Brush
Denman Styling Brush (Model D4)
Revlon Straight & Smooth, Soft Touch Paddle Hair Brush Set, 2 pc. (Black and Red)

5. Section your hair

Parting your hair into neat sections is essential for saving time, but it’s even more helpful for people with thick hair. The front section is usually the first to dry but the most challenging to style. Just think of those unruly bangs and cowlicks. So, start with that and then work your way to the back of your head.

Here are more pro tips: To keep the dried strands in place use no-bend hair clips. Then, section the rest of your hair into manageable parts and use your large round brush to dry them properly. Ensure that each section is 100% dry before moving to the next because leaving a bit of moisture might cause that part to fall flat later on. Also, it’s crucial that you angle your hair dryer downwards to make the cuticle shiny. To add volume, blow dry from root to tip.

6. Finish with the right product

Last but not least, choose one finishing product to make sure that your hard-earned look lasts longer. This is a recommendation I got while shopping for hair products at my local beauty product store. It could be a hairspray, serum, dry shampoo, cream, or oil. But be careful not to use too many different ones at once. Also take note that hair type plays a role in choosing products for styling and finishing. Those with thick hair don’t need to worry about their hair staying in place so they can opt for a light styling product and finish with a heavy styling cream to prevent flyaways. Meanwhile, those with fine hair need a stronger styling product and a light finishing product.

DRYBAR hot toddy heat protectant mist Regular price
FoxyBae Cool AF Heat Protectant Hair Spray, Hair Oil Thermal Heat Protector Hair Styling Products Moisturizing Spray + Biotin for Hair Growth, Anti Frizz Hairspray for Damage, Breakage, Split Ends 8oz
No. 7 Bonding Oil

Final thoughts

If you’re just as clueless as I used to be about how to blow dry hair perfectly, I hope you learned a thing or two from this article. Here’s a quick recap to ensure you remember it: invest in a good hair dryer, use the right nozzle, minimize the use of heat, and buy a great round brush. Start your blowout by sectioning your hair, and finish with the right product.

If you’re looking for a detailed guide about drying your hair, read this article next: How to Dry your Hair


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