How to use a blowdryer
Blow drying is a subtle art
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.
1. Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer R6 500
2. Remington Power Volume
Hair Dryer 2000W R369
3. Wahl Professional Hairdryer 2000W R340
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