You’ve been to the salon, and your hair sits perfectly. The tricks the stylist has used with the blow dryer had given you a look you pictured when you asked for the cut and style.
Great! But it only lasts you that day. As soon as you wash your hair the next morning, the shaping has gone, and you just can’t get it back. No matter how much you try, you can’t seem to work the same magic the salon professionals do.
So, what do you do? What are your options to create the perfect blow dry at home? Here are all the steps that you need to make sure you get it just right the first time.
Make Sure You Have the Right Tools
Before you even think about starting on blow drying, you need to make sure you have the right tools. You wouldn’t think about working on the car without all the right stuff, would you? Your hair is your car, so make sure you’re prepared.
This is more than just having a brush and hair dryer. You need to make sure you have the right types of them. Salon stylists won’t just get any cheap hair dryer, but that doesn’t mean you’ll need to get the most expensive. You want something that sets a medium heat effectively to manipulate your hair’s style. Only having two settings of high and low isn’t enough. The high heat can damage your hair and won’t get the shape you’re after.
It’s not just about the hair dryer. You need to make sure you have all the other tools in your chest.
One of those is a brush. This needs to be big enough to shape your hair while you blow dry it. You can’t just choose a cheap one. Look out for those with strong bristles. It’s also worth looking out for ones with vents.
The vents allow the air to get through to other sections of the hair that are curled around. You can dry your hair much quicker with them. Bigger brushes will also speed up drying time, but you’ll also need to consider the thickness and length of your hair.
Make sure the brush is round. Having a straight one will lead to oddly shaped ends, often with kinks in all the wrong places. The round brushes help to smooth the process of curling and shaping.
When you do get the right hair dryer, make sure it comes with nozzles. The nozzle is often discarded but one of the best parts of shaping the hair and getting the “just out of the hairdressers” look.
Nozzles will help to direct the heat to the section you’re drying. They also help to protect the hair from the heat, because they don’t allow the hair to get too close to the blower. You’ll get a smooth look while avoiding all the heat treatments and conditioners needed to protect the hair. These treatments can sometimes stiffen the hair, so you don’t get the smooth flow.
Finally, you’ll need some hair clips. These aren’t just for preventing tangling, but will help section of your hair.
When you don’t bother with the clips, you’ll just dry sections of your hair far too much. This damages the hair, and it won’t look as smooth or sexy. Once you’ve finished drying a section, you can dry the hair.
Clips will also help to protect from tangling. There’s no need to worry about pulling seconds of wet hair that haven’t been touched yet, leading to the brush getting caught in knots in the hair.
The use of clips is especially important when you have coloured hair. Dying your hair leads to tough and dry sections. You’ll run the risk of further damaging it much more than with natural hair.
Get a set of curlers. You’ll be surprised at how many salons use curlers to help you get the shape and thickness. You’ll just need to pop them at the roots of your hair, lifting them up gently. Using them on the top layers is highly effective, but don’t neglect the back sections of your hair or your fringe.
When you have curly hair, you’ll need to use a diffuser on the end of your hair dryer. This component helps to prevent the natural frizz that many people will curly hair have to deal with. You’ll want to find diffusers that cave inwards in the middle. This helps the item to take the shape of the curls to help them sit naturally.
Don’t Forget Your Products
Okay, so now you have the tools, it’s time to get your products in order. You don’t want to put too much in your hair. Otherwise, you run the risk of far too many damaging your hair. You will also prevent the silky smooth hair that blow drying should offer.
You’ll need to decide what you want to get from the product. This will help to nourish your hair, rather than do further damage. The only second type of treatment you’ll want to add is a heat treatment. This usually comes in the form of a spray and can be spritzed onto the wet hair quickly. You can even add it to the brush to help lock in the treatment to each strand.
Now it’s time to make your choice. Do you want:
- Added thickness?
- Added softness?
- Extra hold?
Mousses are great for those who want to add some thickness. Run it through your damp hair, scrunching your hair gently by the roots. You can also tip your hair upside down to apply the mousse to the bottom to help with making your hair look thicker.
There’s no need to spend a fortune on good mousse. Just watch out for those that dry when your hair dries, leaving your hair crunchy and solid. You’ll need to brush through your hair again and will lose the silky look.
If you have dry or damaged hair, you’ll want to find cream that will help to nourish it. Putting heat onto dry hair will just lead to more dry problems. You can also get some of these treatments in a spray bottle for application after styling. Creams are best when your hair is damp before the styling process.
You can also use a nourishing cream like this when you have coloured hair. The colouring can lead to damaging the hair and dry it out quickly. Even those with naturally oily hair can suffer from dryness, especially when using bleaching colours. Soften and treat your hair before styling to keep the soft glow afterwards.
Finally, hair spray is an option if you want to help lift your hair and set the style. This is one of the most popular options for after styling, but you can also apply some beforehand. As the roots are almost dry, lift your hair up with the brush and spray lightly. Continue to blow dry to help set the hairspray and make the style sit perfectly.
Don’t opt for a strong-hold hairspray. You want one that is just light enough to help create a sleek look, without stiff sections in the hair. This isn’t to look as immaculate as a ballerina!
When you have curly hair, don’t forget to look for a spray or cream that will help to control the frizz. The heat from the hair dryer can lead to the frizz getting worse. You’ll also want some leave-in conditioner to make your hair easier to handle on a daily basis.
Steps to Blow Dry Your Hair Like a Pro
To start with, you’ll need to get your hair to the point of being damp. Give your hair a quick pre-dry on a medium to high heat, with a higher speed. It only needs to be damp to get the shape, as this will avoid brushing too many oils through your hair and will speed up the time it takes to shape.
Once you’ve pre-dried, you can then apply whatever product you want to use and start sectioning off your hair. Clip all the upper layers of your hair on top of your head so you can work on the lower layers first.
Pop the nozzle onto the hair dryer and point it downwards. Brush the hair with the wide brush with the hairdryer catching the hair between brush and dryer. Curl the tips of the hair around the brush when drying to create a slight curl and bounce.
When you start brushing, make sure you get the brush as close to your roots as possible. This will help to encourage natural oils to flow through the hair and gives you the extra lift right at the top.
Take out one of the sections and work on that one. You only want fairly small sections, so you can focus on the lift and style. It will take a bit longer to dry your hair, but it will be worth it for that salon look.
This is the part that will take longer for those with thicker hair. You’ll have middle layers to think about, rather than just an upper and lower layer that those with finer hair contend with.
At the very end, add in the curlers to the roots of your hair. Give them a quick blast with the medium heat and then leave to sit for about five minutes. You could also consider blasting with a cold setting. This helps to contract the pores on the scalp, aiding the hair to set.
Take the curlers out and you’ll have a natural thickness that you used only to get in the hair salon.
When you have curly hair, make sure you get the leave-in condition on every single strand of hair. This will help to control some of the frizz and protect any dryness that tends to come with curly hair. Work the conditioner from root to tip, pulling the hair outwards slightly. This will allow the hair to bounce backwards into ringlets.
Place the hair dryer with diffuser onto the roots at the nape of the neck. Move the hair dryer around in circular motions to dry the whole section of the hair. Don’t let the tips of your hair get into the heat. These sections tend to be the worst for dryness, and you want them to look silky smooth with natural curls.
Keeping Your Salon-Style Hair Overnight
So, now that you have the salon style hair, how do you keep it like that overnight? Will you have to do it every single morning?
It seems like a major chore, and the good news is that you don’t need to worry about it. You can keep your look for a day until you wash your hair again.
Start by twisting your hair into a soft bun and hold it in place with a small grip. You can use just one bun on the top of your head like Tinkerbell or opt for two buns at the side like Princess Leia.
Make sure the grip is soft and light. Stronger ones will leave a mark in your hair, and others will know that you’ve cheated. When you wake up in the morning, just remove the grip, and you’ll have bouncy, naturally-styled hair.
It’s also worth looking out for silk pillowcases. These don’t conduct as much static electricity as other types of materials, so you won’t get the same frizz on a morning. This is highly beneficially for those who have naturally frizzy hair or when there is extra humidity to contend with.
There are the home secrets to getting that salon look without spending a fortune. You can do it whenever you want, whether you need to look great for a date or want a beautiful glow at work. There’s no need to spend hours on it every single day because you can make your night time routine work for you.
Invest in the best tools for your hair and you will get the results.