The one comment I hear from clients more than any other is that they don’t know how to round brush blow dry their own hair. There really is no “right” way but I thought I’d share how I do it. First, here are a few tips:
- It helps to understand how it works. Water and heat both break chemical bonds in your hair and the object is to force the bonds to reform in a new pattern. When you are blow drying, you need two things to accomplish this: heat and tension. If your hair is pretty well-behaved, you may be able to get enough tension from just your fingers. If your hair is coarse, thick, curly, or full of strong growth patterns (cowlicks, whirls…) then you may need something with more grip, like a boar bristle brush. The bonds have not completely reformed until your hair is completely dry and cooled, so it’s helpful to hit it with a the cold shot button when your done.
- The bigger the barrel of your round brush, the more volume you can achieve. Additionally, you will also boost volume if you elevate the hair while you are drying. In other words, if you don’t want volume, pull the brush straight down towards the floor. If you want more volume, lift it up toward the ceiling. It also helps to make a “C” shape with your brush hand — the bigger the “C” the more volume. (Remember, the bonds are still reforming until the hair cools, so if you like volume, let your hair cool down while it’s elevated by hitting it with your cold button.)
- Boar bristles and ceramic brushes are both great for smoothing the hair and imparting shine. I prefer to use a combination boar bristle and plastic bristle brush because 100% boar bristle brushes provide too much tension for me.
- Always keep the nozzle of your dryer pointed down the shaft of your hair. Blow drying toward your scalp will rough up the cuticle (outer layer) and leave your hair looking dull.
- Products! I like something with some heat protection like Loreal Professional Force Vector, Kerastase Ciment Thermique, and Paul Mitchell Quick Slip. If your hair needs to be straightened and tamed, try Loreal Professional Smooth Velours, S Factor Seriously Straight, or Redken Align. If your looking for volume, use a light mousse like Loreal Professional Expansion Body or Kerastase Volumactive for fine hair or a root-lifter like Catwalk Root Boost or MOP Lemongrass Lift for medium to coarse hair.
- If your arms get tired, alternate blow drying with other tasks you need to get done. Blow dry a section, then brush your teeth. Blow dry another section, then put your contacts in. It’s ok to let your arms rest a little.
OK, let’s do this thing.
1. After washing, apply the styling products of your choice.
2. Blow dry your bangs first. They dry the fastest and once they are dry, they can be hard to reshape.
3. Shake dry the rest of your hair until it’s almost dry, about 90% dry.
4. Section off about 2 to 3 inches at the nape. If your hair is coarse, curly, or thick, make the section smaller.
5. Blow dry being sure your nozzle is pointing down the shaft. I find that it helps to turn the concentrator nozzle so that it’s perpendicular to the handle. Elevate as much as desired.
6. Keep sectioning and drying, working your way up.
7. When you get to the top, blow dry the remaining sections straight up or straight back.
8. Apply little finishing product to tame flyaways and add a little shine. You’re done!