Blow Drying Basics

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If you are tempted to try super-straight hair but don't want to lose your natural waves for good, a blowout is a great way of achieving the look without the commitment. The perfectly straight, sleek locks sported by many celebrities may seem difficult to achieve at home, but with the right tools and techniques, anyone can have super straight hair without having to go to the salon.
Blow-drying is also a very useful styling technique, no matter what type of haircut you have. This styling method helps add fullness and texture to the hair, while lending a polished finish to your style.
What You'll Need:
1. A blow dryer with an attachment to help focus and direct air flow and reduce frizz.
2. A round or paddle brush with densely packed bristles.
3. Products to help smooth and straighten hair.
4. Large clips to hold up sections of hair that you are not currently working on.
How to:
First, it is important to begin with freshly washed hair, especially if you want the look to last for several days. Begin by patting damp hair with a towel until the excess moisture has been removed, then shape the hair into the style that you want.
Begin by drying the bottom, back part of the hair first. Keep the hair that you are not working on yet pinned up away from the airflow and heat. If your goal is to straighten the hair, use the brush to stroke the hair from the roots to the ends, directing the air onto the hair as you run the brush through.
If you want to maintain some of your hair's natural texture, blow-dry it by directing air towards the roots and combing through the hair with your fingers. Work your way through the back of the hair and then the sides. When you reach the top layers of hair, use a brush to lift the hair straight up and blow-dry. Lifting the hair from the scalp in this way will help to add body and volume to your hair.
When the hair is nearly dry, the style you want will determine how you should complete the drying process. If you want super straight hair, continue drying it as before until it is completely dry. Then, use a flat iron all over the hair and add a smoothing pomade to complete the look.
If you want a more textured look, separate individual sections of hair and lift them up. Twist each section slightly and apply low heat until each section is dry. Then, allow each section to descend naturally and shake your head slightly to let the locks fall into place.
If you want to add a slight curl or flip at the ends of your hair, use a round brush to curl the hair into the shape and direction of your choice and blow-dry each section until it is completely dry. You can create more texture by using styling gel and your fingers to shape individual sections of hair. When blow-drying, it is vital to make sure there is no dampness left in the hair to prevent frizz. Complete the look by spritzing on a light-holding spray.
A hairdryer can be a versatile styling tool for creating a wide variety of looks. Whether you want a sleek, straight look or tousled, sexy fullness, following these tips can help you achieve the look you want at home without the hassle and expense of a trip to the salon.