If we had a pound for every time a guest said they wished they could style their hair as well as the hairdresser does, we’d be living it up on the Maldives right now. On a yacht.
Why oh why won’t your hair do as you want it when you have plans, but at random will suddenly fall into a beautiful almost carelessly chic style that you adore when you’re at home and not seeing anyone?
Believe it or not, getting you hair to do what you want is about so much more than pointing your hairdryer on your head and waiting till its dry, so we’ll start there. In this blog, we’ll clear up some of the big blow drying mistakes that we (yes even the Mary Ann Weeks Aveda Guildford and Walton Hairdressing team) have made.
Most of us just want to get it done and can’t be doing with standing about getting arm ache from some heavy hairdryer right? Well, we hate to break it to you, but properly style drying your hair takes time.
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Is Your Hair too Wet (Too Woo)?
If you can physically see your hair dripping; it’s too wet. Try to spend a good few minutes towel drying with a dry towel, (and if you’re especially loving towards your hair use squeezing and patting motions). Then finger dry through with a hairdryer for a short while until you’re about 60% dryness. Then and only then apply your style prep and start blow drying with a brush.
Start drying at the roots – even if you’re going for a sleek smooth style, you still want a sense of lift and volume. Use your fingers to fluff your roots up and blow dry on a medium low setting. Remember your brush can’t get that close to the roots so your fingers are the perfect tools for getting deep in there and massaging the follicles gives lift.
Product Overload. Stop That.
There sure are a lot of hair products around isn’t there? With Aveda products they’re designed to be layered so you can use a few different ones if that’s what your hair and style needs. Start with a small amount of style prep on damp hair (coated all over the fingers – fronts too) and run it through your hair. Then once 60% dry, apply the styling product itself. Remember if you want volume and lift – put it on the roots! If its for dry ends – yep you guessed it, apply to the ends! Use sparingly. Aveda products are such fantastic quality you don’t need much and you don’t want a heavy greasy mess. If you finish with hairspray, then think distance, so you get even distribution all over. With wax or clay, use sparingly and go in to the roots again not just on the top of the hair where it weighs you down.
Use the Nozzle
Just because the nozzle comes off it doesn’t mean it should come off (well unless you have a different nozzle). Make sure you always use your attachment because it stops your hair from being heat blasted. Heat is bad for hair – Bad bad bad! (did we say that enough?). That means dry, frazzled, frizzy hair and that is most definitely not the styled look you’re going for.
If you wrap your hair around a round brush and cook it with the hairdryer aimed at full blast on the middle of the curl, then please stop! Instead, start at the roots, roll your brush to the end of the hair and then roll it back up to the roots again (think like a yo-yo). Blow dry from top down, starting at your hairline first. By the time you’ve dried your roots, the ends will already be almost all dry without the direct hit from the heat and less split ends! *Applause*
Get the Right Brush
Think big when choosing a brush to blow dry with. A round brush with a metal middle will help that smoother look but beware – the heat is real (and so is the damage), so sum it up and don’t hold the heat on for too long. For frizzy, flyaway or coarse hair, then avoid the metal and go wooden. Paddle brushes are fabulous for smoothing the hair shaft and getting the shine out of your locks.
Let it Be. Let it Set
This one is a great tip. Once you’ve styled your hair around your brush, let it cool before you go to the next bit. This is the top secret to lasting style – like two days longer! By allowing the hair to cool it will ‘set’ right where you want it. Spending just a few more minutes doing this, means you won’t have to do it all again tomorrow. Ok, so you might get a more achy arm, but you might also tone up your arms – win win!
Have a 121 Tutorial with a Professional Stylist!
Paul Wilkinson at our Guildford salon and Sarah Dean in Walton are some of the best hairdressers in town. We kid you not. Their knowledge on how to get your hair looking insanely good is ready to share! You can book a 121 session with Paul or Sarah, learning how to blow dry YOUR hair with YOUR equipment perfectly. Want that?