Proper blow drying is gentle on your hair and leaves your hair with bounce and luster. Make sure your dryer has an adjustable temperature (at least, hot, medium & cool) and air stream (at least, high or low). Below are some other tips that will help you get the "salon quality" blow-dry you are look for. Pay special attention to #10...it's one of the best tips and the least used!
- If at all possible, avoid the high heat settings of your blow-dryer. The air stream should feel comfortable on the back of your hand.
- Keep your distance! Keep the hair dryer at least 8 inches away from your hair.
If your hair is fine you should set the air stream to low. Otherwise, you may end up with tangles in your hair.
- Blow-dry every individual hair strand from the roots to the ends. This technique provides smooth cuticle layers, which are the basis for healthy, shiny, and well-protected hair.
- Keep the blow-dryer moving constantly to avoid applying too much heat in a single spot. We recommend dividing the hair in several portions and securing the strands with large hair clips or grips. Work your way up blow-drying your hair from the neckline to the crown of your head so that you don't hit the same strand of hair multiple times.
- Most of us have to somehow live with the morning rush. Whenever you must speed up drying your hair use a higher setting for the air stream, not for the heat.
- Always use a heat protectant. These products help prevent blow-drying damage.
- Try not to blow-dry your hair immediately after shampooing. Ideally, you should allow your hair to first dry for 15 minutes under a towel turban. This saves effort and also cuts down on the hair exposure to the blow-dryer.
- The diffuser attachment of your blow-dryer spreads out a more even air stream. This also prevents exposing individual strands of hair to too much heat.
- Once you are done blow-drying your hair, briefly apply a stream of cool air. This cooling step gives your hair more elasticity.