If you want the hair styled straight, you should use a flat-paddle brush with tines that are more closely spaced. The larger surface area of the brush head with an
increased number of tines means that the hair is separated with more tension than with other brushes. This allows the hair to be kept taut as it dries, and leaves the hair straighter. If the goal is for more
gentle curves, you should opt for a round brush. The tines and barrel of the round brush are designed to separate the hair with some tension and thereby impart a gentle curve to the hair as it dries.
Finally, with naturally curly hair, the use of a hair brush can be ill-advised. If you want to keep the hair’s curl intact, you can add a diffuser attachment to your hair
dryer and use your fingers or your wide tooth comb to gently lift and “fluff” the hair to allow it to dry without stretching or flattening the curl.
How To Tips
In order to get the most from your blow dry styling, there are some tips that will make for the best results. These tips cover the gamut from the angle of the airflow to
the elevation of the hair while drying it. When incorporated, they can make a dramatic difference in the results of the typical blow-out. Here are the tips:
Airflow & Heat: Start high, finish low.
When blow-drying the hair, start with your blow-dryer’s heat and airflow settings high so that you can push the excess moisture from the hair. Do this until the hair is
somewhat dry, and then reduce both heat and airflow in order to finish the styling. This gives you more control over the hair and helps prevent heat-styling damage. If you are dealing with fine-textured or damaged
hair, start on medium settings and move quickly to low settings as soon as the hair begins to get dry.
Airflow: Blow Away from the Scalp.
Because the hair grows outward from the scalp, and because the strands are covered with overlapping scales (called the cuticle) blow-drying the hair so that the air flows
toward the scalp means that there is more likelihood that these cuticle scales will become raised and that the hair will become frizzy and look damaged as a result. On the other hand, by keeping the flow of air in
line with the way the cuticle lies, you can keep the hair looking smooth and shiny during the drying process. When it is not possible to truly direct the air in the direction the hair grows, opt to keep the air
flowing perpendicular across the hair.
Elevation: Creating Volume through Lift.
The key to a great blow-dry style often boils down to generating volume. In order to get volume at one of the most important places in the style – the scalp – you need to
elevate the hair while you dry it. Use your brush to raise the hair straight out from the scalp while drying it. Doing this helps to create lift and volume in the hair. Remove the airflow and hold the hair in
place for a brief period to let the hair cool (or use the cool shot feature) to maximize the created lift.
Cool Shot: Setting a Style.
Most good-quality hair dryers come with a “cool shot” button (or mechanism of some sort) which turns off the heating elements and allows the flow of air to become cooler.
This is beneficial in styling because heat can be used to reshape the wave of the hair. By directing the cool air across the hair as it is configured around a brush or other styling tool, you can create shape in
the hair. This works especially well with a round brush to curl bangs, flip the ends of the hair outward in a style or turn the bottom edge of the hair under. Other techniques can be mastered with practice.
The blow-out can be one of a woman’s most valued styling techniques, and while in many cases it takes some extra practice to master. That practice will be well worth it when
you develop the looks that make you happiest.