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Blow Drying Secrets from the Pros

Moms and hair stylists make blow drying hair look easy. Even the YouTube videos with blow drying tips look effortless. Yet, when you pick up your hairdryer, it feels like you're either aiming the hot air at your head and hoping for the best, or spending so much time with a brush and dryer that your arms feel like they're going to fall off. Well, fear not. Kidzworld consulted one of our favorite hair experts, Suzie Bond*, for quick and easy blow-drying tips.

Step 1: Clean Hair

"Great styling starts with clean slippery hair," Suzie tells us. "Make sure to condition long ends and don't rinse it all off. That way you have some protection for heat tools". Towel dry your hair by gently squeezing the moisture from your hair. Don't rub or scrub the hair with a towel -- that will create knots.

Step 2: Detangle

"Detangle your hair with a wide tooth comb," Suzie advises. Most people start at the hair root by their scalp and tug down with a comb to get the knots out, and this works fine if you have no knots. Most people have at least a few snags in their hair, especially when it's wet. To detangle, pick up a section of hair and, starting at the ends, comb down. If you hit a snag, pull the hairs apart gently rather than tugging with a comb. Pulling the hairs apart, as though you're detangling necklaces in your jewelry box, will help them separate without breaking the ends. Once the ends are detangled, work your way up with the comb through each section, then comb hair all the way through to make sure you didn't miss any snags. Squeeze your hair gently in the towel again to get out the extra moisture.

Step 3: Add Product (or not)

"Product" is what stylists call the goop, sprays, mousse, gel and mud you can add to hair to texturize and set your styles. Don't use any product the first time you dry your hair to see what type of product, if any, you may need.

"To build volume on fine hair, apply a thickening product, like Texture Expert's Densite, at the root area. Make sure you hold all sprays about 3 inches from the hair or it will get concentrated in one area at the scalp," says Suzie. Follow all directions on the products you use, especially where they tell you how much to use. For example, if it says "use a dime-size amount", but the dime-size amount doesn't cover your whole head, add a little water into your hand before applying it so you can distribute it more evenly throughout your hair. When choosing what product you use, look for products made especially for heat-styling if you plan on blow-drying your hair all the time. Many products are made to activate when you use heat for styling.

Step 4: Blow Dry

For extra volume

Here's Suzie's expert advice on adding volume while drying: "Use a vent brush or Denman to brush the wet hair up off scalp and then tip your head upside down." Aim the dryer at your scalp and dry hair on medium heat with a diffuser attachment. Pile hair, a few sections at a time, onto the cup of the diffuser and let the air gently dry it as it sits there. "Once hair is dry at the scalp and in the middle, flip back up and switch to a round brush. Your hair should wrap 1.5 times around the brush. If it goes around more, you could get hair caught in the brush.  For added protection from humidity, give a thorough spray with L'Oreal Professionnel's Infinium 2. Tip upside down and shake hair during application to keep hair moveable!"

For a sleek, straight look

Using a round brush, take 1-inch-wide sections of hair and roll it up 1.5 times around the brush. More will get it caught. Aim dryer fitted with a concentrator nozzle at your hair by the scalp and move it up and down the hair that's exposed while pulling the hair straight with your brush. Be sure not to aim the dryer at your scalp, or you could burn your sensitive skin! Keep the dryer moving to avoid burning your hair as well. When the top part of the section is dry, turn the brush one time and unroll it slightly. Pulling the brush down enough to keep the hair straight, dry the second part of the section. Dry the hair around the brush next before removing the brush. Finish with a light finishing spray if your hair tends to frizz up later in the day. Hold the spray 6-inches away from your head as you spray and shield your eyes to avoid getting hairspray in your eyes.

*Suzie Bond is a salon owner, stylist and L'Oreal Professionnel Artist at PERFECT 5th in Mooresville, NC

Have Your Say

How often do you blow dry your hair? Do you find it easy or frustrating? What's your favorite hair care product? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

 

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  • I don't!
  • I blow dry and style it every day
  • I brush it and put it up
  • It depends on how much time I have

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BookWorm86
This is GREAT advice! Thx a lot StephRox!:) I have a younger brother & he can be EXASPERATING at times lol! Great advice!!:D
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Arenl
Arenl posted in Family Issues:
My little brother is annoying as ever, but I have to handle him. He is my brother after all.
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Arenl
Arenl posted in Family Issues:
@Sophieeee I definitely agree with you.
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Sophieeee
 Loosing a parent is hard, your dad knows that and I'm sure that he misses your mom just as much as you do. Whether you explain to him how you are feeling or not, you should know that your Dad will always love you and admitting to him how you feel isn't going to change that. Although it is completely understandable how you feel, you need to let your dad move one eventually. It's not fair to him if he has to spend the rest of his life alone. Even though you might not see it, its a good thin that your dad is finally feeling comfortable enough to date. It doesn't mean that he is letting go of your mom or that he will forget about her, it means that he is moving on with his life. You lost your mother and he lost the love of his life. Dating other people will probably start off being just as hard for him as it is for you. My advice is that you talk to your dad. Let him know how you feel in the most gentle and understanding way that you can. Don't flat out say that you don't want him dating anyone, tell him that you still miss your mom and its hard to see him with other people. Let me know how it goes, good luck. :)
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