How To| Blow Dry with Proper Technique — Avoid These Mistakes

by West Parsons on October 1, 2012 · 4 comments

in hair care

Not Sectioning Hair First.
Flipping your head over and blow-drying until you get dizzy, feel light-headed — or both — isn’t going to help your cause. Keep a claw clip or duckbill clips near your blow dryer, so that you can easily section hair into the bare minimum of three horizontal sections as you dry.

Holding The Brush In The Wrong Hand.
Many women lift the hairdryer with their dominant hand, while working the brush with the weaker one. You’ll get better results by instead holding the brush with your stronger hand, as you’ll need the improved dexterity to get the job done in less time.

Overtwisting The Brush.
When you brush that first stroke into a section of hair, you don’t want to go it more than a quarter turn, which is just enough to give it some smoothing tension without risking snarl. After you pull the brush away from the scalp to the midpoint of strand length, then you can safely start twisting the brush to create shape and curl while under the pointed jet stream of your blow dryer. This is where the magic happens!

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Pulling The Hair Downward At The Crown.
The natural inclination is to pull your brush downward, but that will only give you flat results. That just won’t do if you want a roaring mane of silky smoothness. Instead, pull your hair up towards the ceiling, imagining a horseshoe shape coming out of your crown. (Stick with us here.) Hair in the horseshoe should always be blasted in an upwards direction, while hair falling below the horseshoe can be styled downwards for smoothness.

Holding The Dryer Too Close.
It’s totally counterintuitive; holding the mouth of the blow dryer right on top of hair doesn’t dry it faster, but only leaves tell-tale damage and pouf in its wake. Always dry with a plastic nozzle [also called a concentrator] in place to regulate and direct heat, and keep it at least an inch away from strands. We had to try it to believe it, but it really does speed things along faster by providing a more even dry — kinda of similar to a rotating dish in a microwave.

Holding The Dryer In The Wrong Position.
Your goal: keep that nozzle parallel to each section of hair you hit. Otherwise, the heat will irritate and rough up the cuticle, leaving you with flyaways, damage and smoking strands. And by that, we don’t mean sexy.

Keeping The Dryer Motionless.
Some shake, rattle ‘n roll is good for your hips, and apparently, your hair too. Keeping that dryer moving ensures that hair will dry at the same rate all over, and it will actually prevent your shoulder and wrist from hurting from the strain of staying in one spot.

Going Too Fast.
In fact, if you race through the process, you’ll likely find that you need need to keep going back and re-doing sections anyway, wasting more time in the long run. If your hair dries rapidly (lucky you) before you get a chance to style the section, simply keep a spray bottle of water nearby for a refreshing spritz.

Not Drying The Hair Completely.
This is for the frizz afflicted out there; if the pouf starts growing almost immediately after you’ve finished blow-drying, it means you didn’t dry it 100 percent. Sometimes hair looks done, but is cold to the touch — which is the dead giveaway that water is still hiding out in there.

SOURCE: Grace Gold of Stylist


nika November 9, 2011 at 3:09 am

Hey that was good info. thanks for sharing.

maegan October 1, 2012 at 6:50 pm

This is great! I’ve always wanted to try blowing out my hair so I can work with it in a stretched state, but I’ve been to afraid of damage; can’t wait to try now!

AmeeraNakisha October 1, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Guess I’ll try this. I think the mistake I always make is holding the brush with my left hand when Im right handed LOL. I don’t like using the comb attachment because that thing pulls at my hair like crazy. I’ll see how this works.
Thanks for the info! October 2, 2012 at 12:35 am

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