How to Blow Dry Your Hair Like a Stylist

Posted 04/21/11 at 12:27PM by Audrey Fine

Why does a hairstylist always do such a better job blowing my hair straight and smooth than I do? It's my hair after all, I should be more familiar with its idiosyncrasies (and cowlicks) than she is.

But, there are evidently some insider tips that allow the experts to be just that -- expert -- when it comes to getting the blow just so.

Here's the scoop I've been able to eke out of a couple of pros...

Tip 1: Invest in a proper blow dryer If you're trying to get a good blowout with a chintzy dryer it's not going to happen. Aim for one with at least 1800 watts (2,000 if you have thick hair) to help keep frizz at bay. Ditto, the whole "ceramic/tourmaline" technology thing. Ceramic heaters emit stronger heat, helping to get your hair straighter faster, and the negative ion-emitting crystals in tourmaline promote shine and smoothness. Cough up the extra bucks. It'll be way worth it.

Tip 2: Your choice of brush is paramount If a straight, sleek look is what you're after, it's all about the paddle brush. And, pssst you don't need to drop $200 on some fancy tool. There are plenty of excellent brushes at the drugstore that will do a bang up job.

Tip 3: Use the appropriate product The shelves at CVS aren't jam packed with mousse and gels galore for kicks, there's truly a lotion/potion for every need. Find yours and use it. For instance, if, like me you have curly/wavy hair that you're blowing straight, use a straightening serum like Bumble and bumble Straight, $25. And make sure that you apply enough (and not too much). Shoulder-length hair needs a quarter-sized dollop applied evenly through strands -- adjust amount accordingly by length. (Note: As with any styling product, never apply it to the roots if you have thin or fine hair. Focusing product from mid-shaft through ends will help keep it from falling flat.)

Tip 4: Dry your bangs first I know it seems counter-intuitive but many pros agree that this is the proper M.O. Get them set so they aren't harder to tame at the end. And, really it makes sense, bangs and the general front part of the hair matter much more than the back of your head does.

Tip 5: Hold the dryer properly Ensure that your dryer nozzle is pointing down the hair shaft from roots to ends and that you keep your hair pulled taut. This will help keep the cuticle smooth so hair looks shiny. Similarly, don't hold the brush in one direction and the dryer in the other. The key to sleek hair is consistent symmetry.

See? Not even remotely rocket scientifical, right? But, listen, if it's all still too overwhelming for you, you're so not alone. And, happily, easier-to-pull-off styles like the undone bun or even the classic ponytail are super in-style this season.
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1-6 of 21 Comments

  • Posted by EricaF123 on 12/30/12 at 08:31am

    Thanks

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  • Posted by LittleBunny on 10/19/11 at 12:21pm

    Good tips I'll have to keep these in mind later today.

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  • Posted by seaweedkisses on 10/15/11 at 03:12pm

    My hair is getting long now so my arms get tired from holding the blow dryer up.... :( I get lazy and my hair starts to get frizzy because I just want to hurry and blow dry it out.

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  • Posted by arimshh on 10/11/11 at 06:52pm

    I used to have waist length hair that was so straight. I regret cutting it :(

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  • Posted by taryn.romero on 10/06/11 at 12:10pm

    It's never going to happen for me. No matter how hard I try my hair ends up looking like a puffy mess.

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  • Posted by gaej19 on 09/14/11 at 02:24pm

    I need to practive, my hair always ends up frizzy.

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