If you’re looking for a hairdresser quality style, this is the article for you. As we may not be able to go to the hairdressers at the moment, we’ve created a guide to help you achieve a salon quality blow-dry. Just because we can’t go out, this doesn’t stop us from wanting to have gorgeous flowing locks. Especially when we’re spending much of our time on video conferencing.
Once you’ve mastered the at-home blow dry, you’ll be able to create so many looks without over-washing and over-styling. Sounds ideal, doesn’t it? Just give it a try for yourself.
Please note, that some of the links within this article may be affiliate links and we may make a small commission on purchases through them.
How to wash your hair
You want a shampoo that is conditioning without making your hair so sleek that you’re limited in your style options. If you’ve not washed your hair in a few days, shampoo twice and when applying conditioner focus on the ends of your hair. Be stringent with the amount of conditioner you apply to your scalp as it’ll be trickier to create volume later otherwise.
Preparing your hair
Don’t just use styling products on your hair when it’s damp, use a mix of protective and styling to get the best of both.
Start by scrunching your hair with a towel rather than rubbing to remove some of the moisture- rubbing is just asking for split ends and troublesome knots.
To protect your hair from heat, apply Aveda Damage Remedy to damp hair and comb through. For some added volume, add 2-3 pumps of Percy and Reed Smooth, Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil and work through the roots and mid sections of the hair.
Using only your fingers, without any styling tools, blow-dry your hair to roughly 80%, in all directions. For more volume, blow-dry your hair upwards or flip your hair over and blow dry this way. It’s a hair stylist’s trick in creating more volume (something to do with the moving the hair follicle away from the way it grows).
Blow-dry with style
Once 80% dry, use a ceramic round barrel brush to create further volume. Do this by separating the hair into sections, starting from the base of the neck, and focus on each section until you reach the top of your head. I usually split the hair in three sections with sectioning clips; bottom, middle then top of the head.
Like with the rough blow-dry, lifting the follicle of the hair up with the brush will create more volume. Once you’ve worked on the lift, smooth the brush down the hair follicle to create a smooth look and tame frizz.
Set your style
To set the style, using your favorite hairspray (we love L’Oreal Elnett Supreme Hold), spray the hair whilst using the hairdryer on a cool temperature (go as cool as possible).
Smooth the ends of the hair with Aveda Dry Remedy Oil which will keep the ends hydrated and the hair follicle smooth without looking or feeling greasy.
Get more from your locks
If you’re looking for a little extra volume through the roots, use TIGI Oh Bee Hive Dry Shampoo through the hair’s parting. This will also give your hair some texture to work with if you want to change the style later in the day. Dry shampoo offers long lasting hold, refreshes the hair and provides a base for styling and extra volume.
If you want to get more out of your blow-dry, the next day, lift sections of the hair and spray dry shampoo into your roots. Relax the hair and massage the roots with your finger tips to freshen and add volume to your locks.
Looking for more hair styling tips? Check out our related features below!