Blowdrying seems like a relatively easy task, right? You’re simply applying heat to wet tresses. But when it comes to hair, nothing is as easy as it seems. Effective blowdrying is about understanding your hair type, texture, utilizing the right products and applying proper techniques. Although these mistakes won’t cause damage to your hair, they also don’t help you achieve a healthy, shiny blowout. Keep reading for these top blowdrying mistakes and tips for how to fix them.
Blowdrying Too Soon After the Shower
People start often start blowdrying their hair as soon as they get out of the shower. But avoid blowdrying your soaking-wet strands. Pre-dry your hair by flipping your hair over and getting rid of excess moisture. Even let it air dry for a few minutes.
Holding The Blowdryer Too Close
We want to get blowdrying over with as fast as possible. However, holding the blowdryer too close won’t dry it faster, it won’t make it poufy and has damaging results. Keep the blowdryer at least one inch away from your hair.
Starting From the Back of Your Head
People commonly focus on the back and underneath of their hair when they’re blowdrying. You should actually focus on the front so that you can smooth out the hairline as you blowdry, which is the frizziest part.
Not Sectioning Your Hair First
We’ve all done it – flipped out head over and blowdrying until the blood has all rushed to our head and we’re light-headed. Rather than that, keep a clip near by so that you can easily section your hair into 3 or more sections as your blowdry.
Not Using the Nozzle or Using it Incorrectly
Nozzles and blowdryer attachments are seen as an inconvenient option but they should actually be a priority for blowdrying your hair. They keep heat focused and prevent frizz and pouf. Make sure that the nozzle is on horizontal and hold it a few inches from your hair. Start at the root and blowdry downward until the section is completely dry.
Not Overdirecting The Hair Brush
Overdirecting is when you hold the hairbrush at 90 degrees. It is essential if you want to create volume with your blowout. Hold your brush at 90 degrees over the base of your section, keep your chin up and use the brush as a roller by rolling your hair back and releasing in a C-shape. Don’t shy away from the ‘cool button’ on your hairdryer when setting your locks.
Styling With A Large Brush
Smaller brushes are better for creaking volume. You should opt for a brush that is 2-2.5inch diameters. Boar bristle brushes are often better than ceramic brushes for creating volume. Although they are easier to use, they don’t have the tension needed for creating that all-day volume.
Applying Products Incorrectly
If you have frizzy hair then you know that hair products are essential to calming the wild locks. However, a lot of women put too little product in too many of the wrong places. Anti-frizz serums should be placed on the hairline and other products, like root lifters, should be placed throughout your hair evenly. Therefore, section your hair before you apply the products.
Not Using a Heat Protectant
We all know that heat damages our hair yet too often we ignore the damage of daily blowdrying. Oil heat protectants will help protect your hair and keep it shiny. Avoid the protectant around your roots. Focus on applying it on the shaft to the ends of your locks.
Not Drying Hair Completely
If you blow dry your hair and the pouf and frizz sets in immediately, it’s probably because you didn’t dry it 100%. Although it might look done, or certainly close enough, if you don’t dry it completely then water is still hiding in your strands resulting in frizz. Your hair should be room temperature after blowdrying.