5 tips to up your Blowdry Game – Blowdry Tips
We all love that salon-fresh blowdry feeling. Hair is silky smooth, sits perfectly and stays that way for days. But at home, it seems impossible to recreate! That’s because hairdressers have a whole lot of experience and knowledge up their sleeves to make your blowdry the best it can be. Whilst we can’t give you years of experience in this blog post, we can give you some of that knowledge to boost your at-home blowdry game. These 5 Blowdry Tips are all you need for an incredible at home Blowdry.
1/ Quality Tools
Starting from the very base of the pyramid of perfect blowdry, if you’re using cheap tools you’ll get a cheap looking blowdry.
It’s a sad truth in this world that you get what you pay for – and $30 blow driers simply won’t have the power, even heat distribution, temperature control or airflow control that you need to get the best results. If the air is too cool when it comes out of the blowdrier, it won’t smooth the cuticle properly and is effectively the same as sticking your head out of the window on the freeway on your morning commute. If it’s too hot, it’ll burn your beautiful hair and cause unnecessary breakage, frizz and tangling.
2/ Heat Protector
Speaking of heat damage, there’s nothing better to insure your hair against damage than a really good quality heat protector. Think of the investment like an insurance policy for your hair.
Since the hair on our head is never in one uniform condition, different parts of our head will need different temperature air to get that perfect balance of cuticle-smoothing heat and cuticle-protecting warmth. It’s impossible to know which hairs need what, so a heat protector will make sure that your fragile strands are protected but can still benefit from the smoothing action. We recommend Kerastase Heat Protecting Range, with protection up to 180 degrees C (perfect for blowdrying).
You can choose Keratine Thermique to smooth your natural curl,
Nectar Thermique to add moisture to dry hair, or
Ciment Thermique to strengthen and repair sensitised hair. I
f you use a curling wand or straightening irons as well as your daily blowdry, try L’incroyable Blowdry for flexible hold, 72 hour memory and heat protection up to 230 degrees C!
3/ Hot Hot Hot
Your hairdryer should have more than one heat setting, and it’s got this for a reason!
Some hair types or style choices require super hot settings to get the job done, but that doesn’t mean you have to use the maximum setting every time! At the roots, where the hair is less likely to have accumulated damage from heat styling, chemical processing and sun damage, use a warmer setting to build the foundation of the blowdry.
At the midlengths and ends, try using a cooler setting and making more passes over each section to see if you can get the result you’re looking for. It might take a little longer, but over time your hair will thank you for it! You can also leave your hair to air dry 90% of the way and still have enough moisture to manipulate the way your hair sits. Wrap your hair in a cotton t-shirt, soft towel or let it hang loose for a while before whipping out the drier to avoid excessive heat.
4/ Boost the roots
Speaking of the roots, a little “overdirection” never goes astray in a salon blowdry. Over direction is the technical term for guiding the hair using your drier – in the opposite direction to how you want it to fall. For example, if you want a little extra volume in your blowdry, try bending at the hips and tipping your whole body upside down and blow dry your hair from the roots down. This way, your encouraging the hair to dry sticking up and away from the scalp, so that when you stand up the right way you’ve got a huge volume boost! This works with any direction that you’d like your hair to fall. If you’re looking to reduce volume rather than boost it, however, try to avoid overdirection.
5/ Direct the airflow
Following along from overdirection, it’s really really important that you direct the airflow along the length of your hair cuticle when blow drying. Each individual hair is made up of layers of “scales” that sit on top of one another to make up the “cuticle”. When these scales are healthy and smooth, they can lay flat on one another, making really smooth-feeling, shiny-looking hair. When the scales are damaged and jagged, they don’t lay as nicely on one another and create a rough-feeling, dull-looking effect.
Blowdrying along the cuticle (from root to tip) encourages the scales to lay flat and smooth, and doesn’t unnecessarily roughen them up. A good way to imagine this is to think about what it looks/feels like when you pet your cat from tail to head instead of head to tail! A great tool to use to help direct the airflow of your drier is a concentrator nozzle. Almost all hairdryer brands will have an attachment of this shape that fits their driers.
These five tips won’t change you into a qualified hairdresser of 15 years experience, but they’ll help you to achieve the look you want at home with the tools you have, and protect your hair from damage in the meantime!