Best Hair Products and Tools for the Perfect Blow Dry
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Blow drying your own hair, in my opinion, is one of the best things you can learn to do. Abilities vary from person to person and we all have different hair textures and lengths but learning the basics can turn you from feeling from drab to fab.
Having bouncy smooth hair just feels luxurious and compliments your makeup and outfit. Imagine the money you can save being able to do your own drybar blowout!
There is always a little trial and error in the beginning but with a little time and effort you will Blow-dry like a Pro.
Firstly before you get to know which products and accessories work for you, you need to get to know your own hair and be realistic about what you can achieve.
Even us hairdressers only have what we have to work with, so with this in mind let's get started.
Blow Drying is quite easy once if you give yourself a little time, preserver and get to know your own hair. As an example if you have fine, shiny, light weight hair you should not use a heavy based product or one that actually adds more shine this may result in a limp flat blow-dry. Equally if you have dry coarse hair you would be looking for a product that adds moisture and makes your hair more manageable, and silky. So essentially very few products are designed to fit all hair types, with the exception of hair serum which in my personal opinion is a must have. Everybody needs serum applied to their ends to fight the onslaught of straighteners and other direct heat tools. A common miss-conception by some is that they are unable to blow dry there own hair. However by using incorrect products, they are sabotaging their blow drying efforts and making life hard for themselves.
Take a look at the following 6 step process to help you decide on the products and tools that are correct for you.
1.WHAT HAIR TYPE DO YOUR HAVE?
Assess you hair honestly and ask the questions:
- Is it fine and flyaway
- Dry and possibly broken from too much straightening
- Thick and frizzy
- Or simply medium weight hair.
- Do you have an oily root and super dry ends?
2.CHOOSE THE RIGHT PRODUCTS FOR YOUR HAIR TYPE (pre blowdry)
Once you have self assessed you will look for products specifically formulated for your hair type and try a few out. Standard procedure that works for most of my clients is a root lift product for the volume and a moisture products for the ends. My 2 faves are still mousse for the roots with a little salt spray for stiffness plus a good quality hair serum for the ends to add moisture and protect.If your hair is very dry use a spray leave in conditioner too.
I like shock waves mousse if you're on a budget it's good for all hair types and also Got2b beach trippin or texturising salt spray, just add a little at the roots though as salt spray can make some hair types quite knotty at the ends if too much is applied.
Shock waves mousse is available at Boots or other High Street stores
Got2b texturising salt spray also available at Superdrug or other High Street stores
3.HAIRBRUSH TYPE RADIAL OR PADDLE?
Depending on your hairstyle length and texture you will either use a radial hair brush of varying sizes or a flat paddle, but if it's volume you're looking for it will almost definitely be a radial hair brush.The next thing to decide is do I use Boar or a nylon bristle brush? Again in my opinion if you want a silky smooth finish that lasts go for both! Use a hair brush with a mixture of boar and nylon bristles to get a long lasting blow dry.These brushes are a bit more expensive but worth it. Use a large barrel hair brush for medium to long hair and swap it out for a medium to smalI for shorter layers on top and shorter hair.
I like Mason Pearson for a flat paddle luxury hair brush and the 3styler by Hair Philosophers for a choice of 3 boar and nylon different size barrel brushes.
available at Hair Philosophers
For a quality but lower budget hair brush I like Kent Brushes medium radial hair brush.
And the Mason Pearson option available at Amazon
Source: Mason Pearson
4.WHICH HAIRDRYER IS BEST
Hairdryers are a personal choice as a hairstylist I use the Parlux As it has a good motor speed and is lightweight, but for a cheaper option you can look at the Babyliss pro hairdryers. One of the main reasons blow dries frizz out or do not turn out as well as you may have liked is you don't use a nozzle on the end. Nozzles direct the heat evenly where you want it to go and helps to smooth the cuticles for a long lasting blow out.
I also like Parlux advance light ceramic ionic hair dryers.
Image Source: Parlux.co.uk
5.AFTER BLOW DRY PRODUCTS
Now you have the right products for your pre prep blowdry let's look at your post blow dry products to help enhance and lengthen your blow dry.
If you have done a fabulous blow dry you will want it to last as long as it can.
I don't like heavy hairsprays but I do like tresemme Strong Hold as it is easily brushed out without leaving your hair sticky and it's perfect for that extra bit of hold. For those of you that don't like hairspray you can use a little serum just on your ends to calm flyaway strands. Some of my clients use a little Dry Matt Clay to define use a little on the tips of your fingers and work on the ends for a messier look. Which ever you decide on always try them out on a day/night that you are not going out so if it isn't for you it's not a problem that ruins your night out.
Tresemme hairspray and VO5 Matt clay available at all major chemists.
Source: John Frieda
6.TAKE A SELFIE!
Don't let your good hair days go unnoticed, it's always good to take pics of how you liked your hair so you can show to your hairdresser in the future if needed.
Next read our blog How to blow dry like a pro!
Happy Hair Days