How to go sleek and straight
Sure, you could kick back at a salon and let someone else give you a basic blow-dry. Or you could grab a couple of brushes yourself and enjoy the bonus workout.
Your DIY guide to a basic blow-dry
1 Before you set foot in the shower, distribute a small blob of hair oil all over your head with a paddle brush, says hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins (if you have fine hair, confine oil to the ends). Give it about 10 minutes to sink in, then shampoo and condition as usual.
2 Use more silicone than a Playboy bunny. Prep damp hair from roots to tips with a heat-protectant spray containing silicone. Then comb a blob of anti-frizz serum (or cream, if your hair is curly) over it. If your hair is fine, look for a serum with water as the first ingredient; for thicker hair, go for silicone or oil.
3 Using a vented paddle brush and a good deal of muscle, blow-dry your hair straight down with the nozzle attachment at a 45-degree angle. Once your hair is 80-90% dry, switch to a medium round brush with boar and nylon bristles – this is the secret to getting lots of smoothness and shine, Nathaniel says.
4 With the brush underneath, stretch 2.5-to-5cm sections up at the roots and then down toward your waist in a slight arc, pulling the brush straight through the ends instead of turning them under. Don’t freak out about not-so-smooth sections – that’s what a flatiron is for.
5 Those with curly or coarse hair can crank up the flatiron’s heat to 200˚C; those with fine hair can stick to 180˚C to minimise damage, according to hairstylist Ted Gibson. Once your hair has cooled, mist a lightweight aerosol shine spray along the lengths to make it look glossy.