Kw-logo-smaller

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!

 

>
>

readers voted!

Comments

Jordan

Jordan wrote:

Great tips!
commented: Fri Apr 04, 2014

dancecuteangle6
LOL it worked and changed my lyf
commented: Tue Jul 10, 2012

Amyisthebestever
omg ty this helpd me soooooooo muchh
commented: Sun Jun 03, 2012

there are 6 more comments

Please login or register to add comments

share with your friends


Twitter Facebook Myspace Digg


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like!

latest videos

Hair_poll

How do you do your hair in the morning?

  • 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

related stories

Micro_bangs_micro
Change your mind about your bangs? Growing them back in doesn't have to be a painful transition. ...
Micro_hairpersonalitymicro
Your hair is one of the first things people notice about you. Is your hairstyle sending the right...
Micro_hairstyles_for_your_face_shape81x54
Your favorite celebrity hairstyles may look great on your favorite star, but will they look good ...
Micro_hair_micro
Justin Bieber copycats are popping up everywhere. A new hairstyle known as The Bieber is side-swe...

Dear Dish-It in the forums

AlphaT
AlphaT posted in Style:
Except schools, places of work, and everyone in the United States of America who has the freedom of speech.
reply 22 minutes
DJwwjd
DJwwjd posted in Style:
Buy hot hues, its a removable hair chalk. So you don't permenantly dye your hair. That way, people will still like your hair, and you can like it too!
reply 32 minutes
DJwwjd
DJwwjd posted in Family Issues:
Hate to break it to ya, but I think they "drank" a lot at that moment. It happens when adults have like parties with friends. They wanted to be a good role-model so they didn't tell you. Sorry but that's likely the case
reply 37 minutes
DJwwjd
DJwwjd posted in Friends:
If they keep fighting then they are not worth it
reply about 1 hour
bieberfan_123
bieberfan_123 posted in Friends:
Dear dish it:  how do you know someone is cheating on you :confused
reply about 3 hours

play online games

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

1515_gl_kidzworld_100x100_jpg_fz

Intriguing planets, weird and wonderful characters; challenge friends and find a...

157262_(2)

When you go back to Candyland, you’ll wonder why you ever left in the first plac...

100x100_ra_logo_girl

Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

_thumb_100x100

Shoot blobs with different properies to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be re...