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How to blowdry like a pro.

How to blowdry like a pro.

Hair Philosophers - Blowdried hair

Blowdrying 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 and therefore increase your self confidence and happiness.

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 blowdry like a pro.

Firstly before you get to know which products and accessories work for you, you will need to get to know your own hair and be realistic about what you can achieve. Even mere mortal hairdressers only have what we have to work with, so with this in mind let's get started.

Blowdrying is quite easy once you give yourself a little time and get to know your own hair, for example if you have fine shiny lightweight hair you wouldn't use a heavy based product or one that actually adds more shine as this may result in a limp flat blowdry. 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 except my absolute must have lightweight hair serum. Everybody needs serum on the ends of their hair to fight the onslaught from straighteners and other direct heat tools. Women may think they can't blowdry their own hair but sometimes just using the wrong products can in fact sabotage your blowdrying efforts. Get the right products for your hair first and half the work is already done.

Take a look at this 6 step process to decide on your products and tools.

1. What hair type do you have?

Asses you hair honestly ask yourself is it fine and flyaway or dry and possibly broken from heat over use or is it simply medium weight hair. Do you have an oily root and super dry ends?

2. Choose the right hair products for your hair type (pre blowdry)

Use a moisturising shampoo for dry frizzy hair such as Pantene  a cleansing one for oily hair and always use a good conditioner all hair needs a little on the mid lengths and ends.

Once you have self assessed your hair type you will look for products specifically formulated for your hair  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 and a good quality hair serum on the ends to add moisture and protect.If your hair is very dry use a spray leave in conditioner too.

I like Wella’s Shockwave mousse if you're on a budget it's good for all hair types and got2b beach tripping or texturising salt spray, just a little at the roots though.

John Frieda Serum

Wella’s Shockwave mousse

Got2b texturising salt spray

3. What’s better, a radial brush or a paddle brush?

Depending on your hairstyle length and texture you will either use various sized radial hair brush 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 bristle brush 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 sized brush 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 shape barrel. For a quality but lower budget hair brush I like Kent brushes radial hair brush.

4. Which hairdryer is best?

Hairdryers are a personal choice as a hairstylist I use the Parlux as it has a fast motor speed and is lightweight, for a cheaper hairdryer I recommend 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 haven't used a nozzle on the end. Nozzles direct the heat evenly where you want it to do and helps the smooth the cuticles which smooth the hair whilst adding shine and give a long lasting blow out.

I also like Parlux advance light ceramic ionic hair dryer.

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 as it has maximum hold but 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 Matt dry clay to define. Which ever you decide on always try out on a day/night that you are not going out so if it isn't for you it's no problem.So try tresemme extra hold hairspray for a fix and John Frieda hair serum for your ends and to tame flyaway strands.To get more of a textured look on a budget I like VO5 extreme styler Matt clay just use a little on the tips of your fingers and work through the ends for a messier look.

Hair Philosophers - Blowdry Finish

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.

How to blowdry your hair like a hairdresser! (Drybar style)

1. Cleanse and Condition

Wash your hair with your favourite products make sure to only condition mid lengths to ends. Towel dry or rough dry up to 85% taking out all unnecessary moisture.

2. Apply pre prep products

Apply your mousse or root lift spray evenly and comb through, then apply the serum usually the size of a 2 pence piece is ok for medium thickness hair. If your hair is dry you may need more just assess as you go along.

3. Section off

Section your hair off with sectioning clips, depending on the thickness of your hair and the size of your brush you may use large sections or smaller ones. Generally its 3-4 sections take a top, sides and nape section. Leave your fringe/bangs out and blow dry them first so they don't self dry into a funny shape.I like to dry them first and then sometimes pop a soft roller into set whilst I dry the rest of my hair.

4. Blow dry technique

Take your hairdryer and chosen size hair brush and wrap your hair around the brush and then direct the nozzle down the hair shaft. Start at the nap section and take a 2-4 inch section and wrap the hair around firmly and try to keep the tension taut then aim the heat in a downwards position along the hair shaft sealing and smoothing the cuticles. Keep hair elevated upwards from the root to create volume and continue to do this until hair is bone dry. Repeat this method with each section as you go along. Remember if you have shorter layers on top you can swap your hairbrush out for a smaller barrel to give more volume.To set each section turn the cool setting on and cool off each section before releasing the hair from the hair brush. This is an important step to locking in shine and bounce.

TIP: If you really want to set the blowout or make it last for a long time then continue to wind the section of hair back up into a roll and pin curl with a Kirby grip to your scalp.Continue to do this all the way around.You will then have a head full of Pincurls which when released will give a fabulous bouncy curl.
WARNING: Do not use a very small hair brush on very long hair as this will result in the hair getting tangled around the brush.

5. Seal and Preserve

To make your ultimate blow dry last you can either use a lightweight hairspray as sometimes finer hair need this or you can use a shine spray to combat flyaway strands.Sometimes it better to spray the product on the brush and comb through rather than straight into your hair.

I like to use my fingers as a rake to loosen curls afterwards rather than a hairbrush.

I hope you found this usueful, please share and recommend to your friends.

Lisa