Whether you need to wash and head out quickly or you are trying to create body and volume, blow drying your hair may be necessary each day. Unfortunately, most people do not know the proper techniques and tools to use when drying their hair with a blow dryer. Improper use can burn and damage your hair, causing it to be brittle, thin, and prone to breaking. With this guide, you will learn a few common mistakes people make while blow drying their hair.
Using the Wrong Blow Dryer
Many people feel all blow dryers are created the same, but that is not actually true. If you visit your local salon, discount store, or beauty supply center, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the different options available.
Salons use higher-quality dryers for a reason. These blow dryers are more powerful, which reduces the amount of time you need to force heat onto the hair. In addition, the professional-grade dryers have multiple heat settings and even a cooling mode. Ionic dryers are also beneficial. Ionic air dryers dry the hair in less time while improving the shine and luster of the hair—all while preventing frizz.
Although more expensive, a good-quality blow dryer or regular blow-drying treatments at a salon like Detour Salon & Detour The Store will be good investments for your hair.
Using the Wrong Brush
In most cases, you will brush your hair while drying it with a blow dryer. A brush is great for ensuring the warm air hits all of your hair. It can also be a good tool for creating volume and definition while drying your hair.
Unfortunately, using the wrong brush along with a hair dryer can cause enormous damage to your hair. The type of brush you should use depends on a few factors, including your specific type of hair and what you are trying to create while styling and drying.
If you want to add volume, use a round brush while blow drying your hair. A round brush with plastic bristles will not only help add volume, but it will also detangle your hair while drying it.
If you are just in need of a brush to brush out your hair evenly while using the blow dryer, consider a ceramic paddle brush. Ceramic paddle-style brushes distribute the heat evenly through your hair. This helps you dry your hair faster.
Using Products Wrong
Not only may you be using the wrong blow dryer and the wrong brush, but you may also be using hair products in the wrong way.
Heat protectant spray should be applied to your hair before you start the blow dryer. This protectant does exactly what the name suggests—it protects the hair from the excess heat of the blow dryer. However, most people spray the protectant on the top of their head so it reaches the top layer of hair only. To ensure all of your hair is protected, create sections of hair using a comb. Spray each section, working the comb through the hair to distribute the product evenly.
If you are applying a volumizing product, such as a mousse or gel, while drying, make sure to work the product all through your hair instead of applying it to the top layer only. If necessary, bend over, flipping your hair over, allowing you to work the product in with your hands or a comb evenly through each section of your hair.
Drying your hair does not have to lead to serious damage. With this guide and the help of professionals, you can blow and style your hair in the most attractive and healthiest manner possible.