Blow-drying feels like an essential part of almost any beauty routine, but it can seriously damage your hair. Not to mention that it takes so much time and it can get tedious and make you late for work or that party. Follow these brilliant hacks to blow-dry your hair like a pro.
Minimize heat damage by cutting your blow-drying time
When you get out of the shower, squeeze the excess water out of your hair and then let it air-dry almost completely. Then, while your hair is still damp, but no longer wet, use your blow-dryer to dry it completely and style your hair like you usually do. If you don’t have the patience to air dry, use a microfiber towel to pat your hair dry. Microfiber is twice as absorbent as cotton and it’s gentler on your hair. This means that your hair will dry faster and you’ll minimize breakage. In a pinch and no microfiber in sight? Paper towels. Pat your hair with paper towels to dryi it up 30% faster.
Always use a heat protectant
Heat from the blow-dryer or other styling tools will dehydrate your hair, which will not only cause frizz, but also make it brittle and prone to breakage. Have a heat protectant at hand before drying and spray it on the section you are working on. This will keep moisture in your hair and maintain your locks looking healthy and shiny.
Flip your hair for instant volume
If you are trying to create volume and texture, flip over your hair and dry it using only the blower and your hands. You will get that wild “I’ve just been driving around my convertible” look in record time.
Angle the nozzle straight down
If you are blow-drying your straight hair, always angle the nozzle from the top-down. Blowing your hair from the roots will not only train it so it’s easier for you to style it straight, but it will also be gentler on the cuticle of the hair. When you blow-dry from the bottom-up, you will end up ruffling it and causing annoying frizz.
Embrace the diffuser
If you have wavy or curly hair and are looking to dry your locks and define them, a blow-drier can be a nightmare. Until you meet the diffuser, that is. Use one with a low heat setting to distribute the heat evenly throughout your hair without dehydrating it as much. You will get defined curls with no frizz in record time.
Get a hood-drier effect at home
Instead of going to the salon, put your hair up in velcro rollers, poke a few holes in a shower cap and cover your hair with it. Slip the nozzle of the dryer under the cap, angling it up. Use a low setting to dry the hair, followed by a cool setting to set the style. Once the curls are set, remove the cap and take the rollers down to enjoy a professional looking ‘do.