Professional Blow Dry
The DIY Blow-dry With Professional Results
It's not quite as elaborate (please, who has that much time?), but it will leave your hair bouncy and beautiful and give you back that confidence you so deserve to feel.
When we get a new haircut, we watch the stylist painstakingly dry our hair with a dryer and round brush, piece by piece. The whole time we are observing the professional blow dry we are thinking that we are never going to be able to recreate the same look again. This is unfortunate, since the feelings of beauty and confidence we leave the salon with are some of the best we ever feel.
How To Blow Dry
Start with a Towel Dry
Avoid vigorously rubbing your hair when you get out of the shower, but don't leave it soaking wet either, since that will take much longer to blow dry. Excess water in your hair will also make your products less effective. Gently squeeze the water from your hair with a towel and then wrap it tight for about five minutes.
A leave-in conditioning treatment protects your hair as you blow dry it. Along with helping to prevent frizz, a spray conditioner can add shine to fine, limp hair and a cream will help tame thick or coarse hair. Apply the conditioner from the middle of strands down to the ends and then comb through it to evenly distribute the product and remove any tangles.
Give Your Roots a Boost
Many people spray a root boosting spray on the top of their head and then wonder why they still don't have any volume. To boost your roots, you have to spray the booster onto your roots. The application works best in layers; just keep lifting sections of hair and spraying the root booster until you've covered every area. Gently massage the product into your scalp with your fingers.
You can achieve the same look that stylists do with clips and section drying by simply drying your hair with your head upside down. The point is to make sure that your roots are dried first- this gives you more volume. Keep pulling your roots away from your head and drying until they are completely dry and the rest of your hair is mostly dry.
Keeping your head flipped over, use a round brush to continue pulling your roots away from your scalp. Brush through your hair from your neck to the ends while still blow drying. The round brush helps accomplish the same body that clipping does, but with much less work.
A boar-bristle brush (say that 10 times fast with your head flipped over) is the best choice since the bristles give your hair a sort of polish that helps prevent frizz later in the day.
Don't Forget the Middle Layers
Even though it seems like your hair is now completely dry, the middle layers are hidden when your head is upside down and tend to hold moisture. If you skip this step, the trapped moisture will work its way out and destroy all of the volume you worked so hard for. With your head back upright, separate the top section of your hair and twist it into a bun.
Section by section, run the round brush underneath the layers while blow drying the top; keep your brush parallel to the floor since pulling downward will flatten your hair.
Repeat this process through each section until you've covered them all. When you pull the brush out to the ends, slightly curve it under to give the ends some curl. While this step of the at home professional blow dry does take longer, it's definitely worth the beautifully polished look you'll be left with.
Smooth, Finish, and Go
When you unclip the top section of hair it should be completely dry. To finish it up and give a polished look, quickly run through the simultaneous blow dry and brush process that you did on the middle layers to curl the ends under. You now have a professional blow drying; and you didn't even have to leave the house or break out your wallet.
Professional Blow Dry
Updated October 25, 2011