Tricks of the Trade: Proper Blow-Drying

Use the best tricks of top hair care professionals to blow-dry
your hair without damage. © Deklofenak

Do you remember the glow in your hair after your stylist blow-dried it? How healthy and shiny your hair looked! Blow-drying results at home are not always that gorgeous. Sometimes, you may actually have blown any semblance
of hairstyle altogether. Actually, proper blow-drying is not all that difficult. We have gathered for you all the best tips and tricks of the trade. 

The proper blow-drying technique is gentle on your hair and leaves the hair with plenty of bounce and luster. Above all, it is important to use the right kind of blow dryer. You should be able to adjust the temperature and the air stream. At least two settings should be available including a low-temperature setting.

The hair structure may be damaged if you blow-dry hair too long or use the high temperature setting. The results may be dry, brittle hair with split ends and an irritated scalp.

These styling aids help you blow-dry your hair safely and properly: Heat protectant spray, a paddle brush, a diffuser attachment for your blow dryer and a large hair grip.

We have gathered for you 10 tricks of the trade, which ensure gentle and proper blow-drying with gorgeous results. Your hair will be healthy and shiny!

1. If at all possible, don’t use the high heat settings of your blow-dryer. The air stream should feel comfortable on the back of
your hand.

2. Keep your distance! Keep the hair dryer at least 8 inches away from your hair.

3. If your hair is fine you should set the air stream to low. Otherwise, you may end up with tangles in your hair.

4. Blow-dry every individual hair strand from the roots to the ends. This technique provides smooth cuticle layers, which are
the basis for healthy, shiny, and well-protected hair.

5. You should keep the blow-dryer moving constantly to avoid applying too much heat in a single spot. We recommend dividing the hair in several portions and securing the strands with large hair clips or grips. Work your way up blow-drying your hair from the neckline to the crown of your head so that you don’t hit the same strand of hair multiple times.

6. Most of us have to somehow live with the morning rush. Whenever you must speed up drying your hair use a higher
setting for the air stream, not for the heat.

7. Always use a heat protectant. These products help prevent blow-drying damage.

8. Try not to blow-dry your hair immediately after shampooing. Ideally, you should allow your hair to first dry for 15 minutes under a towel turban. This saves effort and also cuts down on the hair exposure to the blow-dryer.

9. The diffuser attachment of your blow-dryer spreads out a more even air stream. This also prevents exposing individual strands of hair to too much heat.

10. Once you are done blow-drying your hair, briefly apply a stream of cool air. This cooling step gives your hair more elasticity.