The common blowout hair care routine involves shampooing, conditioning and blow drying, nothing else. Try using heat to your advantage by incorporating your blow dryer into your commonly used styling tools. When cleverly used, your blow dryer can almost magically add volume and bounce to your hair. You can even blow dry curls or achieve a nice straight blowout hair style; your imagination is the limit.
The first blow dryer, developed in 1899, functioned at a temperature of about 194°F (90 °C) and did more harm than good. The words 'gentle hair care' certainly did not apply. Trial and error, a lot of tinkering, and many years of research later, today's iconic blow dryer models have nicely evolved and are far gentler on the hair. Modern, quality hair dryers supply negatively charged particles with the air stream, preventing electrostatic charging and the associated fly-away hair woes after blow drying. Hair that had once appeared dry and brittle was left looking shiny and healthy with these newer models. Still, no matter how advanced modern hair dryers are, in order to master silky-smooth blow dried hair styles, you need to practice a few techniques.
Below, we share some simple tricks, turning your blow dryer into a powerful styling tool in your beauty arsenal, allowing you to transform your haircut into different trendy blow dry hairstyles that really make a statement. Our tips and tricks also prevent your hair from going limp right after you style it. All you need to try out these styling techniques for yourself is a blow dryer, a round brush or paddle brush for a sleek style, and heat protectant spray to keep enough moisture in your hair and avoid heat damage.
Blow Drying Short Hair
Blow dry hairstyles for short hair can bump up a flat, limp look into a vivacious one that can still look full even at the end of the day. This merely requires a few simple but effective styling tricks.
When blow drying short hair, you can create extra volume by working against the natural fall of your hair – or against the grain if you will. You can increase this effect by working a walnut-sized amount of volumizing mousse through your hair in addition to the heat protectant spray. Keep working the mousse through your hair throughout blow drying; this will give your hair plenty of bounce and body. If your hair tends to stick to your scalp and look flat a short while after styling, you should warm strands of hair from the roots to the ends and use clips to hold the strands until the hair is cool and then remove the clips carefully.
Blow Drying Your Bob Haircut
One of the cutest short blow dry hairstyles around is the classical bob, which looks particularly appealing when the hair is silky-smooth with a lot of volume. The hair ends should be softly turned under, which you can easily achieve by using a round brush. Apply heat protectant spray to your hair before parting as usual and proceed to blow dry every strand separately while slowly pulling it inward over the round brush from the roots to the ends. This motion will cause the hair to curl under and frame your face. That being said, you should still blow dry the strands from a 90-degree angle relative to the brush to really turn under the hair ends and create fantastic volume as well. Repeat this step if necessary. Use extra-gloss hair spray for the finishing touch and to achieve a day-long hold.
Blow Drying Layered Long Hair
When it comes to blow dry styles for medium hair or blow dry styles for long hair, patience and perseverance is key. Most women with medium to long hair dream of having gorgeous, rich hair that is silky-smooth with a little extra luster. With a little work and finesse, you can actually make this dream come true. First, distribute styling mousse in your hair after shampooing and part your hair into several sections, spraying each section individually with heat protectant. Then blow dry your hair while pulling the pieces through a paddle brush. Put the brush next to the roots underneath the strand of hair and pull the entire strand inward through the brush. At the same time, blow dry the brushed strand of hair from above, holding the blow dryer nozzle at a 90-degree angle. Proceed to blow dry the layered hair on the sides the same way, pulling it inward over a round brush. To create the glossy, classic look, simply use your fingers to pull your hair in place. Alternatively, you can hang your head upside down and shake your hair out for a more tussled and casual version of this usually sleek blowout hair style.