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Ah, is there any better way to boost your confidence than getting a bouncy, voluminous-looking blowout that you can flip from side to side? The thing is, you might not always have time to hit up your local salon to have your hair done. Sometimes, you have to take matters into your own hands. Blow-drying your hair at home is easier said than done, though. How is it that a stylist can create the appearance of smooth, shiny hair with just the right amount of curl at the ends—but when you attempt to blow-dry on your own, you look like you have poufy, frizzy hair? It turns out there’s quite a technique to blow-drying your hair at home. Ready to get schooled? Follow these steps the next time you blow-dry your hair—and no one will have to know that you didn’t step foot in a salon! Below, our tutorial for blow-drying your hair at home.
Have thin or fine hair that always appears to falls flat? Use a system of volumizing shampoo and conditioner, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Conditioner, in the shower pre-blow-dry. Apply the shampoo to wet hair, massaging it into a thick lather, then rinse. Follow up by applying the conditioner and leaving it on for a few 1-2 minutes before rinsing.
Do not—we repeat, do not—start blow-drying your hair when it’s soaking wet right after you hop out of the shower. For starters, it’ll take a really long time to dry your entire head of hair. Instead, grab a cotton T-shirt to sop up some of the excess water (a T-shirt can be gentler than a towel). Once your hair is semi-dry, you can get started on the process of drying your hair. It’s go time!
It’s important to use a heat protectant before picking up your blow-dryer and putting it anywhere near your hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Quick Dry Primer Spray, which provides heat protection and can help to cut down on drying time. Hold the heat protectant spray 6-8 inches away from your hair, then spritz it onto clean, damp hair.
The brush you use when blow-drying your hair can make a huge difference in the end result. The general rule of thumb: The bigger brush you use, the smoother the finish you can expect to achieve. Want to know how to tame flyaways? Try a boar or nylon bristle brush to help distribute the natural oils from your roots to your ends. To help add volume or curl, pick up a round brush. On the other hand, paddle brushes can help you create a straighter, sleeker look. It’s all about your personal preferences!
Work your way from top to bottom. Using your brush, focus your blow-dryer near your roots, then, when they’re completely dry, work your way down to your ends.
Remember that mysterious nozzle that came with your blow-dryer when you first bought it? Well, you may have tossed it in the back of your closet, but it does have a purpose. The nozzle can help with heat distribution and can help to get your strands looking smoother and sleeker. And speaking of heat, try using as low a setting as your hair type allows so that you can to prevent any unnecessary damage. If you have thick hair, you may need a higher heat setting, but if you have thin hair, you may be able to get away with using less heat.
Looking for advice more specific to your hair type? Check out our article on How to Blow-Dry Curly Hair.