How to use a blowdryer

Blow dry­ing is a sub­tle art

GQ (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - ADAM HURLY

HERE’S AN EX­IS­TEN­TIAL QUES­TION should you use a blow dryer?

If you want more con­trol over your hair style, yes, you should. If you want more vol­ume, par­tic­u­larly if it’s thin­ning then yes, you should use a blow dryer.

THE FOL­LOW UP QUES­TION IS how do you ac­tu­ally use a blow dryer?

How do you max­imise its po­ten­tial, and max­imise your hair’s po­ten­tial in the process? We’ll get to that.

FIRST, WASH AND TOWEL DRY YOUR HAIR

You don’t want yes­ter­day’s hair prod­uct in­ter­fer­ing with to­day’s style, so you need to wash, then towel dry it so that it isn’t sop­ping wet when you be­gin dry­ing. You need to get it to the place where you’d usu­ally let it air dry on its own – that’s where you’ll be­gin the blowdry­ing process. is is also when you ap­ply your de­sired hair prod­uct – one that works in damp hair, like a paste or cream.

USE A HEAT PROTECTANT PROD­UCT

Since the main threat of blow dry­ing your hair is heat dam­age, many sa­lon brands have en­gi­neered prod­ucts that shield the hair from heat dam­age (and UV dam­age, too!). Some dou­ble as stylers, while oth­ers can be mixed with your usual styler for this par­tic­u­lar pur­pose.

MIND THE HEAT, PRI­ORI­TISE THE POWER

Pick a dryer around 1 800 watts, to en­sure it has lots of power. You don’t want to deal with any­thing weaker than 1 200, es­pe­cially since higher power means you can lower the heat. And, if you in­vest in an ionic dryer, then you don’t need to use it as long: it works fast, and it parches your hair even faster. ey’re e ec­tive if you turn the dryer o ev­ery 20 or 30 sec­onds to note whether or not the hair is ac­tu­ally dry.

KEEP IT MOV­ING, AND KEEP A DIS­TANCE

Don’t just point the dryer at your hair a few cen­time­ters away and blast heat on any one spot. at’s go­ing to fry your hair, and not just dry it. And it’s go­ing to per­ma­nently dam­age it. You should keep the dryer mov­ing to evenly dis­trib­ute the heat, at a dis­tance of 15cm – the healthy dis­tance, so long as you keep that bar­rel mov­ing around.

DI­RECT THE STYLE AS YOU DRY

e gen­eral idea for styling is that you’re set­ting it in place while you dry. If you want a swoop­ing pom­padour, then you need to blow the hair up, and bet­ter yet, use a rounded brush to shape it into place. en, pe­ri­od­i­cally halt the blow dry­ing to comb it and coach it into po­si­tion. As you do dry, tar­get the roots rst: this is where you gain the most con­trol over your style.

DON’T TOSS THE AT­TACH­MENTS

ose at­tach­ments that come with the blow dryer are pur­pose­ful. ere are two in par­tic­u­lar that you should be ac­quainted with:

e di user: is is for peo­ple with curly hair. It’s a big, mul­ti­pronged ex­ten­sion that looks like a back mas­sager. It dis­trib­utes the heat and wind of the dryer in var­i­ous di­rec­tions, and it min­imises its in­ten­sity in the process, so that peo­ple with curly hair can dry their curls with­out com­pro­mis­ing or straight­en­ing their nat­u­ral style.

e con­cen­tra­tor: is sounds like a Marvel su­per­hero with mind con­trol powers. It’s the at­tach­ment that pinches to­gether to a long nar­row gap. at’s so you can tar­get speci c spots of the hair as you comb or brush, in­stead of blast­ing air ag­gres­sively from the end of the gun. You hold it right up close to the hair, too, a few cen­time­ters away while you guide the hair with your comb. It’s im­por­tant to lower the heat when us­ing this, since you’re con­cen­trat­ing the heat so di­rectly and hold­ing the dryer closer than you oth­er­wise would. But also – keep that dryer mov­ing!

USE THE ‘COLD AIR’ BUT­TON TO LOCK YOUR STYLE

You prob­a­bly recog­nise a lit­tle but­ton on the han­dle that says

‘cold’ or re­sem­bles a snow ake.

If you push this, the hot air stops and you start get­ting a gust of cool. It’s not re­ally cold air, though; it’s just a fan in­stalled in­side the blow dryer, tak­ing the air in the room and blow­ing it on you with­out any added heat. So it feels cool.

e main pur­pose of this but­ton is to lock your style in place. Hot air keeps the prod­uct ac­ti­vated and helps di­rect your hair into place, but the cold air locks it into place and spares your hair a lit­tle added heat dam­age.

WE REC­OM­MEND

1. Dyson Su­per­sonic Hairdryer R6 500

2. Rem­ing­ton Power Vol­ume

Hair Dryer 2000W R369

3. Wahl Pro­fes­sional Hairdryer 2000W R340

*All avail­able at Clicks clicks.co.za

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