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How To Blow Dry Your Hair: 10 Easy Tips For Every Hair Type

10 April 2018
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Hair.com. Before joining the Hair.com team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

There’s nothing like the feeling of walking out of the hair salon with a fresh blowout. Your hair looks fantastic, you feel more confident than ever, and you’re ready to take on the world. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could feel that way every day? We think so—and it’s totally possible! All you have to do is master your at-home blowout.

If the thought of blow drying your hair gives you heart palpitations, we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up 10 of the top blow dry tips for every hair type. After we’re done with you, you’ll know all the crucial information about how to blow dry hair.

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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 seem 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 you 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 get 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, you want to make them appear as voluminous as possible. 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. We suggest giving L’Oréal Professionnel’s Volumetry range a try.

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 bouncy blow out will last the night. Instead of letting it hang down your back, wrap your 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.

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 provides a lightweight, flexible hold to styles while helping to shield the hair from moisture caused by high humidity situations.

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Pro tip for every hair type:

The heat from your blow dryer can be just as damaging as the heat from your flat iron. Protect your strands every time you heat style them by investing in a quality heat protectant. We suggest giving Kérastase L’incroyable Blowdry Lotion a try.

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