Steps from professional Hair Stylists on the best way to blow-dry your hair:
- Wash your hair. You can use your regular shampoo, but it works better if you use a moisturizing shampoo–it’s often called dry hair formula. This kind of shampoo will provide an extra amount of extra moisture that will protect your hair from the effects of the blow-dryer, and it will just generally improve your look. It will also protect it from the heat applied during straightening or curling. You don’t have to buy a super expensive brand–moisturising shampoos are available just about anywhere at all kinds of prices, so look around and find the best deal for you.
- Dry your hair. Towel off your hair slightly, just enough to stop the dripping. Don’t rub your hair with the towel, because the friction can cause split ends and frizzy dryness. Instead, gently wrap the towel around your hair and squeeze, . If you have hair that’s too short for that technique, wrap the towel around your head and rub very very gently using strong, circular motions. Your hair doesn’t have to be very dry at all after toweling; it just shouldn’t be excessively soaked and dripping everywhere.
- Separate your hair into sections using clips. The bigger the section, the longer it will take to dry. It’s best to go for four to six sections, but make sure that nothing is tangled. If your hair’s a bit too short, you may want to just part it into two sections.
- Start blow-drying at the top (roots), about six inches (15 cm) away from your scalp. Maintain this distance throughout, so nothing burns and because drying the hair on your scalp will prevent the moisture from soaking into the rest of your hair. Never blow-dry in an upwards motion, as this causes more damage.
- Work your way down the hair sections. Always move the blow-dryer around and avoid focusing too much heat on one area. If you focus the dryer on one spot for too long it will dry out and may even burn your hair, rather than drying it gently.
- Leave your hair a little bit damp. Don’t dry the hair until your whole head of hair is completely dry. Leave some moisture, so that your hair won’t dry out and become frizzy or damaged. Leave it tolerably damp. Not so damp that it soaks your clothes, but enough that it will dry naturally in about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Finish with a blast of cold air. This will help to to lock in the shine. Brush through your hair gently, or de-tangle it with your fingers. If needed, apply a moisturizing or anti-frizz serum and brush it through evenly. You can even use a tiny bit of moroccan oil for a more “natural” option. This will keep your locks shiny, smooth and now, dry, all day long!