If you are still blow drying your hair or you are just starting to blow dry your hair, there are some pieces of advice that can the process of blow-drying your hair go much more smoothly. The first piece of advice you want to keep in mind is that the healthier the condition of your hair, the better the results of blow-drying your hair will be. This means giving it a good shampooing and, if you must, conditioner. Make sure all the shampoo has been rinsed out before you head for the blow-dryer.
If your hair is currently experiencing the result of a permanent or a permanent wave or lightening or darkening, well, make sure that you dry the hair before picking up the blow dryer. Partially dry your hair with a towel if your hair has had any kind of chemical treatment. Any excess moisture should be removed from the hair before you begin the actual shaping process with a comb or brush.
When you go for your next hair cut, instruct the salon’s stylist or barber to shape your hair so that the ends are tapered. Hair with tapered ends is the type of hair that is best suited for blow-drying. This is also the type of hair that is best suited for waving if that’s what you got in mind.
To get the best results from a blow-drying experience, you should put some lotion into your hair. Styling lotion will make blow-drying your hair a much more efficient experience and is another thing to keep in mind if you are going for wavy hair as well as if you are planning on curling when you blow-dry your hair. Use a comb to streak the styling lotion even throughout the hair.
If you have curls in your hair, the proper method of blow-drying is to direct the flow of air slowly throughout the curl backwards and forwards. It is key that you don’t address the direction of hot air from a blow-dryer in one single place for too long. Hold and position the blow-dryer so that the air is flowing in the same direction as your hair is wound up. One good reason to avoid directing the flow of hot air from a blow-dryer is that you run the risk of burning your scalp. I once had my hair blow-dry by a cousin who forget to slide the comb over the hot hair orifice. My dang head was burning for the next two days.
Make sure that your hair has cooled down before you initiate the process of combing it out. This can be facilitated with a blow-dryer that has hot and cool air options. Otherwise, just let your hair sit for enough time that it is no long warm and then you can begin styling.
Some tricks of the blow-drying trade are now in the public domain so I cannot be sued for repeating them. If you want the hair on the crown of your hair a lift, use a small round brush and keep the air moving from side to side. If you want to get a pageboy effect ala classic silent screen siren Louise Brooks, direct the flow of air from your blow-dryer from beneath the curl and use that round brush. If for some ungodly reason you want the front of your hair to flip backward, use the brush to lift the ends of the hair close to the scalp and rotate your brush while directing the hot air to the base of the area that is now cupped.
Remember, always, that hot air from a blow-dryer should be directed directly onto the head for quick drying and not styling. The best results are obtained with a blow-dryer by directing the air from the scalp to the end of the hairs.