There’s something magical about getting a salon blow dry. We don’t know whether there’s something in the hairspray or if it’s the confidence boost we get from having shiny, silky hair worthy of a TV commercial. One thing’s for sure, getting a blow dry truly makes you feel like you could take over the world.
There’s just one obstacle to the world domination part – why is it so darn hard to recreate the perfect blow dry from home?
Well, grab your brush, you hairdryer and step right this way, because it’s easier than you think to achieve a salon-approved blow dry from home! All you need is the right tools, the right products and to follow these 8 simple steps:
A good shampoo and conditioner
It’s all about the base. Using a shampoo and conditioner best suited to your hair type will keep your hair in its best condition, which means better blow dry results. A volumising shampoo and conditioner like the Kevin Murphy Angel Wash 458ml & Rinse 500ml Duo, will help give your hair the volume needed for a long-lasting blow dry.
Doing a hair mask at least once a week or before you blow dry your hair will ensure your hair stays hydrated and healthy. We love the Loreal Absolut Repair Masque 500ml.
You may need to brace yourself, but finishing your shower with a quick blast of cold water will help seal the hair cuticle, which in turn will help your hair shine, shine, shine!
Use a good brush
A good brush is essential. The Wet Brush, features specially created bristles that detangle even the knottiest and thickest of hair without pulling, ripping or breaking your sacred tresses.
Apply a heat protector
Whether you’re using a hairdryer or a straightener, if you’re ever applying heat to style your hair, then a heat protector is a must. Heat protectors create a barrier between the heat and your hair, limiting any potential damage. One of our favourites is the Nak Thermal Protective Sealant. Apply this to about 70 percent of your towel-dried hair concentrating on the mid lengths and ends. This will ensure less heat reaching your hair, resulting in less damage.
Don’t scrimp on the hairdryer
Using a hairdryer approved by the professionals like the ghd Air, will make all the difference and take half the time. You can control the temperature and even give it an extra cool blast to lock in the shine. Using the nozzle will give a truly frizz-free finish but can take a while to get the hang of. Simply remember to point it downwards in the direction of the hair shaft, but never apply directly on your hair as this will only burn it.
Divide hair into sections
Split hair into four sections; one at the back, two at the sides and a final one at the top. Using a round brush like the MoroccanOil Thermal Ceramic Boar Bristle Round Brush, start from the back, ensuring you’re holding the brush as close to the roots as possible to help the style hold. Grip the section taut and follow the brush with the hairdryer. Then angle the brush and dry the rest of the section holding it upwards. Brushing bits of the top section in alternative directions will give body.
Use your fingers
Run your fingers through your hair before finishing with a serum and light hairspray to set and be rid of any frizz or flyaways. The Wella Delicate Volume Hairspray, is strong without being stiff while Redken Diamond Oil Glow Blow Dry Shine Oil, can be used at the end for added shine.
Now, about that world domination…