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How To Use A Blow Dryer For Fine Hair

17 January 2019
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Jessie Amato

Junior Beauty Editor

Fine strands are a dream when it comes to achieving simple hairstyles in 10 minutes or less. On the flipside, however, fine hair is delicate, easily damaged by heat, and often falls flat soon after you finish styling.

Whether you have an androgynous haircut or lengthier strands, learning the right way to blow dry your hair is the first step to solving so many of your fine hair woes.

If you’re ready to take your blow dry skills to the next level, you’ve come to the right place. Get your hair dryer, styling products, and round brush ready. These are all the tips, tricks, and product recommends you’ll ever need for learning how to use a blow dryer for fine hair.


Begin with a lightweight shampoo.

When it comes to fine hair, less is always more. Fine strands can easily become limp and lifeless when heavy products weigh them down. We recommend beginning your styling routine with a lightweight shampoo like the Redken Diamond Oil Glow Dry Gloss Shampoo. The formula gently cleanses and provides lightweight hair shine. Be sure to follow up with the Diamond Oil Glow Dry Gloss Conditioner to keep your hair moisturized without weighing down your blow out or dulling your shine.


Choose stylers guaranteed to pump up your volume.

Achieving (and maintaining) body and volume and can be quite a struggle for those with fine hair. That’s why we love the Redken Full Frame 07 All-Over Volumizing Mousse. The conditioning hair mousse volumizes from root to tip, with volumizing polymers for added lift and body.

If you struggle to maintain volume at your roots, try the L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Volumetry Root Spray to add body and fullness to the hair from the root.


Protect your strands from heat damage.

It’s no secret that fine hair can be extra sensitive to the damaging effects of heat. When you’re fresh out of the shower, allow your hair to air dry for a few minutes before applying heat. Since fine hair is particularly prone to breakage, we suggest applying a few spritzes of the Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-In Treatment throughout your hair. This award-winning, best-selling leave-in treatment for damaged hair and split ends repairs, strengthens, and protects hair shine. It fortifies hair to reduce breakage, split ends, and mechanical damage to hair from brushing.

Be sure to avoid the super hot settings on your hair dryer and opt for a warm temperature instead. It’s also essential to apply a heat protectant like the Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer Spray throughout your hair before you begin blow drying. This blow dry primer and heat protection spray cuts blow dry time, protects from heat up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, helps reduce breakage, and provides 24-hour lasting volume without weighing hair down.


Rough dry.

Hair dryer nozzles are perfect for achieving a soft, shiny blowout. With fine hair, however, you’ll want to skip the attachments and rough dry first using only your fingers. Gently tousle your hair as you blow dry to create a bit of texture.

Pro tip: Try flipping your hair over while you blow dry to create a more voluminous effect.


Blow dry in sections.

Once your hair is about 60 percent dry, attach your hair dryer nozzle and begin blow drying your hair in 2-inch sections using a round brush. Hold your blow dryer above your head, facing down toward your scalp, and pull each section upward with your brush to build volume at the root.

When you finish a section, use velcro rollers to secure it at the top of your head while the hair is still warm. The rollers set your look in place and help fine hair maintain volume.


Finish off with a cool blast.

Once you remove all of your hair from the rollers, the blowout process is nearly complete! Switch to a cool temperature setting on your hair dryer and give your strands one final blast of cool air to lock in your look. Cooler temperatures help to seal the hair cuticle, ensuring a shinier, more beautiful-looking blow dry.

With these tips and tricks in mind, you’re on your way to blow drying your fine hair like a pro!

For more personalized styling tips, use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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