How to get a salon perfect blow dry

Written by Advice Team on February 16, 2018

It’s nice to feel pampered sometimes and there’s something about stepping outside from a visit to the hair salon with a bouncy, professional blow dry. It leaves you with hair you can’t stop running your fingers through and each time you turn your head, you get a fresh burst from the scent of shampoo.

We can’t all afford to go to the salon every time we want to achieve the look though, can we? Our advice team combed through various tips, tricks and advice from the professionals to put together a step-by-step guide to getting a salon perfect blow dry at home.

Step 1 Make sure you have a shampoo and conditioner that’s right for your hair type. It’s important to ensure your hair is well nourished and any stray split ends or dyed hair is fully conditioned. You won’t be able to achieve the sleek, silky look of a blow-dry if your hair isn’t hydrated and the roots aren’t clean of oils. It’s key to rinse thoroughly to remove any excess build up of product to prevent itchiness or from your hair looking flat after a few hours.

Step 2 Don’t rub your hair excessively with a towel as the hair shaft can become damaged, as well as causing frizz and any split ends to worsen. You should blot your hair between the towel instead of rubbing. If you have a microfibre towel then the fibres are much better for your hair or if you have the time, allow it to air dry a little before using a hair dryer.

Step 3 Next, you should apply a heat protector to your hair and comb through evenly. Always start combing from the tips of your hair and work your way to the root. That will help knots from forming and prevent any breakages.

Step 4 Now it comes to using the hair dryer. We recommend using a styling brush at the same time to run through your hair to keep the strands separated. Dry your hair upside down to create more volume and body, and continue to work the hair until it’s about 80% dry.

Step 5 Divide your hair into more manageable sections and clip into place. We’d recommend each section to be around 2 inches in width. Start from the top and work your way to the bottom layer as that’s where you should start blow drying first.

Take a section of hair and comb your brush underneath the hair from root to tip. You should work the hairdryer along each section by following the motion of the brush. It’ll help smooth hair cuticles and remove any remaining moisture. Repeat on each section until dry before moving onto the next. If you focus on the roots of your hair it’ll create extra volume and body, too. If your hair dryer comes with attachments, we’d recommend using the concentrator nozzle for a sleeker and straighter blow dry.

Step 6 Blast your hair with some cool air as this will help it set and stop it from frizzing immediately. Use a serum to control any frizz and give your hair a glossy finish. You won’t need more than a small blob (no bigger than a 5p coin) and then you can finish your salon blow dry with some hair spray to keep your hair in place.

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