Blowdry Basics

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A very important part of being able to replicate your salon look at home is how you are drying your hair. Professional hair dryers are always recommended for their balance of powerful air flow and heat. Here are a few tips to help you achieve your best salon-like finish at home. Try to always use the medium-heat setting on your dryer. A good rule of thumb is if your dryer is too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your hair. Excessive heat is damaging and overly drying especially if you plan on using a styling tool such as a flat iron or curling iron afterwards. Start by drying any trouble spots first such as bangs, cow-licks, curly hairlines, napes, etc. Before trying to use a brush to add polish, make sure your hair is 80-90% dry. Even though the term is “rough” dry, please do not take it literally. Always make sure the focus of the airflow is from scalp to ends whether you have your head upside down to achieve a little more volume or right side up. This ensures a smooth cuticle, less damage and enhanced shine. Dry your hair without a part and in the opposite direction of the way you wear it. This helps add natural volume with minimal effort when using a paddle brush or vent brush. Heat and tension are the two things that straighten and smooth hair. If you have curl or wave, pull the hair taught with your brush on top of your section of hair, and your thumb securing it below. Concentrate the air flow down the section from scalp to ends. Happy styling! And feel free to ask your stylist for any additional styling tips when you’re in.

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