I just spent forty minutes in front the mirror methodically blowdrying my hair. For those of you rolling your eyes at that amount of time spent on vanity, well…it’s worth it. I try not to blow dry my hair every day (gets dry and breaks easily) but when I do, I want it to really look good. Here are some words of wisdom and tricks of the trade I’ve developed along the way:
- Make sure you point the blowdryer down when applying heat to a section. Letting it blow upward will only encourage the frizzies.
- Use a product designed to protect your hair from lots of heat styling and promote a shiny straight finish, like Frederic Fekkai’s Coiff Controle Ironless Straightening Balm.
- Before you start working on the ‘straightening’ part, get your hair mostly dry by just working the blowdryer around while shaking up the roots.
- Once your hair is almost dry, start working in small sections.
- Be nice to your roots but be even nicer to the ends of your hair; they’ve been around the longest and will look frayed and frizzy if you aren’t careful.
- Flip your hair from side to side (but not upside down) to get some lift at the roots.
- Make sure you have the right brush on hand – I prefer a round natural bristle brush but you might find a paddle brush works better for you.
- Have a straightening iron handy and warmed up to tame those tricky pieces that don’t want to behave – always go with higher heat so you don’t have to run it over your hair as many times (1-2 strokes should be plenty).