We' ve all been there, you go to the salon, get your cut, color and style and you feel amazing. You're checking yourself out in the rearview during the drive home, you're pretty much on cloud 9. However, in the back of your mind, you're dreading the day after next when it's time to shampoo and you know you can't create the same style. You may be able to get the shape close but it doesn't seem to be quite as soft or the volume doesn't seem to hold quite as long. 6 little words. It's all in the blow out!
Before we start, a few rules to using a blowdryer...
- Always use a nosel or diffuser. If you don't have an attachment on your blow dryer the chance of you burning your hair goes up substantially.
Make sure you have all your wet styling products distributed evenly in your hair before your start blow drying. Once they're in place and you've done a quick once through with your comb, you can start your dryer up. For the first little while you want to either use your fingers or a wide tooth comb to seperate your strands gently while you use your dryer to get rid of some of the excess water. Make sure your hair is at least 70% dry when you start using a brush to create your style. If you use a brush before this point you're putting stress on the strands when the hair is at it's most vulnerable state (when it's wet), and you're doing a whole lot of work for nothing (the only reason you need a brush is to create a style, wet hair holds no style). So, once you're at this point, go ahead and grab a hairbrush, my favorite is a wide paddle brush, and start brushing to smooth the hair as you're blowdrying. Personnally I like to use the paddle brush until the hair is about 90% dry then I switch to a boar bristle round or flat brush, depending on the shape I want the hair to take. A round brush is used when you need volume and smoothing. When you start roundbrushing, start with the brush at the roots of the section your holding. Use the brush to push the hair in the opposite direction of where it normally lays, this will give volume and only needs to be done around the crown of the head. As it starts drying start pulling the brush down and out to dry the midshaft and ends of your hair. When you're finihsed with each section use your cold shot button to set your style and close the cuticle. When finished with the entire head, set with your favorite finishing spray or textutizer.
As always, questions are welcome at any time! Happy Blowing!