Choosing the right brush for your blow dry is not a do or die choice BUT it does change the desired effect of your style. Before get to that, let’s back up and start from the beginning so you can be sure you get the best blow dry.
First, I always use a heat protection spray or cream. After applying the protective product, then move on to your styling product (depending on what your hair needs — a smoothing-anti frizz cream or a volumizing spray to get the desired results).
Now its time to get to work with the lifting. Taking your free hand (the one not holding the blowdryer), grip and lift the hair at the scalp and pull it up about and inch as you let the hot air dry the area. Repeat this process for the whole head with special attention to the crown where you want to maximize volume. Most people achieve lifting with their heads flipped upside down which is easier on the arms but you might get a little bit frizzy. Once the hair is almost 80 to 90 percent dry its time to choose the brush.
The length and texture of the hair determines the brush used. If you have long, curly hair and want straight, smooth hair a large round brush (over a 2 1/2 inch circumference or larger) yields the best result. If your hair is shorter and you want more of roundness to the style, then a medium to small round brush (less then 2 inch circumference) should be used. If you want straight shiny hair with minimal volume, using a paddle brush will do the trick.
Doing most of the work with your fingers during the lifting at the beginning should make round brushing your hair much faster and easier. Also, sectioning the hair makes a huge difference! Even if you have fine hair, sectioning ensures every single strand is dry and in its place so you don’t have to rework any areas. Once dry, use a spray shine or an oil (Semi Di Lino, Cristalli Liquidi is my favorite) to finish off the look and help refresh the dried hair.
Do you ever get the round brush caught in your hair? Most likely its because one of two things: the brush is too small or the hair is too wet to begin the blow drying process.
It takes patience and practice but having the perfect blow dry is an achievable goal for any person. We didn’t wake up the blow-drying masters we are today. We repeated over and over on our own heads and friends. If there are any questions that you still have lingering or want a lesson in the salon please call us!
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