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.

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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.

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