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How To Blow Dry Your Hair: The Ultimate Guide For Every Hair Type

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As someone who has wavy, frizzy hair that even the best anti-frizz serum can’t seem to tame, there’s nothing like walking out of the salon with a fresh blowout. While I love my natural texture, there’s something special about that signature, bouncy blowout only a stylist can give you—but that hasn’t stopped me from trying. Over the years I’ve gone through several tutorial videos (and a ton of blowout products) to try to recreate the perfect blowout at home.

If you, like me, want to figure out how to blow dry your hair based on your hair type, you’ve come to the right place! Read on for all of the tips, tricks, and products you need to know about to achieve the best blowout possible every time you pick up your blow dryer.

What are the benefits of blow drying hair?

As much as I love air-dried hair the problem is, I'm never actually sure what my hair is going to look like from one day to another. Sometimes, my natural waves are beachy and textured, and other times they fall flat. One of the major benefits of blow drying hair is that when you do it right, you can ensure that you get a smooth, frizz-free blowout every time. Not only that, but it can help to get your mane ready for any hairstyle you want to create.

Why is my hair so frizzy after blow drying?

Have you ever blow dried your hair, and your strands ended up looking more messy bedhead than smooth and sleek? Basically, hair becomes frizzy due to lack of moisture, so the key to frizz-free hair is to keep your hair hydrated. If your strands are dry, be sure to use a weekly hair mask like Pureology Hydrate Superfood Treatment to help nourish and soften your hair. You can also use a leave-in conditioner like Mizani 25 Miracle Milk to for long lasting moisture.

Post-blowdry frizz can also be caused by towel drying your hair with a cotton towel. This material can cause friction, making it more prone to frizz and damage. Instead, gently towel dry your mane with a towel made out of microfiber. If you don’t have a microfiber towel on hand, try using an old t-shirt to remove excess water before you begin blow drying.

How do you fix frizzy hair after blow drying?

If you’re dealing with frizz after blow drying your hair, there are a couple of things you can do to tame it. Try applying an anti-frizz hair oil like Redken Frizz Dismiss Anti-Static Oil Mist. This formula instantly smooths flyaways and static without weighing hair down. If frizz keeps popping up around your hairline throughout the day, grab a clean toothbrush and a hairspray like Pureology Style + Protect Lock It Down Hairspray. Apply a few spritzes of hairspray to your toothbrush and gently smooth it over the frizzy strands around your crown. If you’re on the go, throw the toothbrush in your purse and use this trick to control unruly strands throughout the day.

Can you apply hair oil before blow drying?

Yes! In fact, applying a hair oil before blow drying is an important step for anyone with thick or curly hair. That’s because it helps to smooth and nourish strands before applying heat. Searching for a hair oil to use before a blowout? We recommend Mizani 25 Miracle Nourishing Oil. This formula contains 25 benefits for hair, including softening hair, leaving it moisturized, detangling, and taming flyaways.

Is it ok to blow dry hair everyday?

Like enjoying your favorite sweets, heat styling should be done in moderation. Even if you’re using a heat protectant every time you blow dry, hitting your mane with heat seven days a week will like. lt leave your hair looking and feeling a bit damaged and dry. That’s why we recommend air drying your strands and giving them a break from heat styling as much as possible throughout the week.

How do you blowdry your hair properly?

Every hair type requires specific blow dry methods to achieve the best results. There are, however, a few essential tips and tricks everyone should follow to get the best blow dry possible.

Choose the right tools.

Not all hair dryers are created equal. Using a quality hair dryer (and the best one for your hair type) is essential to keeping your hair healthy and looking its best. Searching for the best hair dryer for your hair type and concerns? Click here for our guide.

When it comes to blow drying your hair, there’s one more tool that’s almost as important as your hair dryer: Your hair brush. You should choose a brush depending on the results you want and your hair type. If you’re trying to speed up the blow dry process, opt for a vented brush. If you want a bouncy salon-like blowout, pick up a round brush. Click here to find out which brush is right for you.

Don’t forget the attachments.

You know that flat, nozzle attachment that came with your blow dryer? While it might’ve been lost in one of your drawers for months, it’s actually important to attach it to your hair dryer every time you blow dry. Not only does the attachment help you achieve smoother, sleeker hair, but it also helps to concentrate the air coming from your dryer, which helps protect your strands from excess heat and damage.

Always use a heat protectant.

No matter your hair type, you should always prep your mane with a heat protectant like Redken Pillow Proof Express Blow Dry Primer. This primer 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.

Once you’ve applied the heat protectant throughout your strands, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair and make sure the product is evenly distributed.

Complete your blowdry with cool air

You know that cool shot button on your blow dryer? It’s time to stop ignoring it. Not only does completing your blow dry with a quick shot of cold air lock in your look and make your blowout last longer, but it also helps seal your hair cuticles to manage frizz and add shine.

Below, we’re breaking down tips, tricks, and steps each hair type should follow when blow drying their hair. This is a step every hair type can benefit from.

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If you have thick hair:

Towel and air dry your hair first.

When you have thick hair, it can sometimes take hours to dry your mane completely. It can take so long that it seems like an all-day affair, leading to arm cramps and frequent breaks. Cut down on some of your drying time and give your arms a much-needed break by toweling off your hair and then letting it air dry a bit.

Have some chores you need to finish before heading out of the house? Allow your hair to further air dry while completing your household tasks. By the time you’re done, your hair will be ready for you to give it a quick and easy blowout.

Blow dry your mane in sections.

When it comes time to blow dry, prepping your strands can mean the difference between a sleek blowout and a tangled disaster. Instead of yanking a brush through your plentiful strands, use large hair clips to section your hair into four to six segments. Working with one section at a time will ensure a tangle-free and flawless blowout.

Use a vented paddle brush.

Round boar bristle brushes have become synonymous with blowouts because they’re great at creating lots of volume. However, volume is all but guaranteed when you have thick hair. Use a vented paddle brush to help speed up the drying process and give you a sleek blowout in no time.

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If you have fine hair:

Invest in volumizing hair products.

When you have fine strands, making them appear as voluminous as possible is the goal. One of the best ways to do that is to invest in volumizing hair products. A volumizing shampoo, conditioner, and styling product can help you achieve a bouncy, full blowout. For shampoo and conditioner, we recommend trying Matrix Total Results High Amplify Shampoo and Conditioner. This system helps boost the structure of fine, limp hair for lasting volume.

Once you’re out of the shower, apply a volumizing hair mousse like Matrix Total Results High Amplify Foam Volumizer Mousse throughout your hair. This formula gives hair full-bodied lift and support for touchable thickness.

Blow dry your hair with an upward motion.

Your volumizing hair products won’t be able to live up to their full potential without a little help. When you’re ready to blow dry your hair, use a round boar bristle brush in an upward motion to create some much-needed volume at your roots.

Set your hair with rollers.

Whether or not you allow your hair to cool down properly can often determine if your bouncy blow out will last the night. Instead of letting it hang down your back, wrap the still-warm sections of hair around foam or velcro rollers to help set your mane with body and volume.

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If you have textured hair:

Set your hair in rollers first.

When blow drying textured hair, it’s best to use a two-step method. First, set your freshly washed, damp hair in rollers and allow your hair to completely dry underneath a hooded dryer. This step will stretch your strands and allow you to use less tension when it comes time for your blow out.

Follow your blowout with a flat iron.

If you’re hoping to achieve super straight, sleek strands, you may not be able to pull it off with your blow dryer alone. Give your hair dryer a break and finish your style with your flat iron, gently passing it over dried locks to give your strands a shiny finish. Be sure to re-apply your heat protectant product before flat ironing your hair. Searching for a flat iron to add to your collection? Click here for a round-up of some of our favorite ones on the market.

Set your look with a humidity-resistant mist.

Textured hair can revert to its natural state faster than any other hair type. Help your blowout last as long as possible by setting your look with a humidity-resistant formula. Mizani’s Humidity Resistant Mist Hairspray provides a lightweight, flexible hold to styles while helping to shield the hair from moisture caused by high humidity situations.

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