Drying your hair the right way is one of the most frequent questions women keep asking especially when it comes to long hair. The main concern is to learn the secret to get shiny, smooth hair while enjoying your favorite hairstyles. Bu don’t worry, you just have to follow the instructions below.
- Wash your hair
This might sound clear but you should really wash your hair before trying to straighten it. Try to use smoothing shampoo and conditioner if you have thick or frizzy hair or volume shampoo and conditioner if your hair is fine and flat.
Apply the conditioner only on the length and ends of your hair. If you apply it on the roots, your hair may look flat or even become greasy very quickly.
Use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair while your conditioner acts on your hair. The conditioner will surely make your task easier and minimize dryness and breakage.
- Dry your hair with a towel
Once you get out of the shower, wrap your hair in a microfiber towel for better absorption and leave it for one or two minutes. Then, release your hair and use your towel to gently dry it to remove the excess moisture.
Do not rub your hair with the towel to avoid breaking it.
Remember, your hair needs to remain damp and not completely dry.
- Detangle your hair
Use a wide-toothed comb or a flat brush to detangle your hair. Be careful, damp hair is very fragile. So make sure you start detangling your hair starting at the ends and working upward to not break your hair fibers.
If your hair is very tangled, use some detangling balm
- Apply your smoothing product
Apply a small amount of the cream or the anti-frizz serum onto the ends and the length of your hair and then massage in gently. This will make your hair smooth and silky with vibrant shine after drying it.
It is better to opt for smoothing products containing heat protectant elements.
Again, do not apply the products on the roots as they will weigh down your hair.
- Use quality hair dryers
Using a good hair dryer is the key behind successful styling. The more powerful your hair dryer is, the easier and faster the blow-drying becomes.
If you’re ready to invest in quality hair dryers, below are the decisive features you should take into account.
“A blow dryer that falls within the 1300 to 1875 watts range is great for anyone to use at home,” says Richman. “Personally, I like to feel my dryer blow the hair and feel like my tool is working. You can always turn down the heat, but still maintain power.” “The higher the wattage, the hotter and faster the blow-dryer,” says Urban.
Heat and speed settings
Having a hair dryer with variable heat and speed settings is very advantageous since you can adjust it to suit your hair type and get the style you want. Also, the cool shot option can be used to lock the style in place.
The last thing you would want is to have a heavy hair dryer that torments your arm whilst the drying is halfway done. Choose a hair dryer that weighs less than 1.90 pounds.
If you use your hair dryer to style your hair, you absolutely need a concentrating nozzle. The latter concentrates the heat and prevents frizz. Make sure the hair dryer comes with a nozzle or otherwise you’ll have to purchase it separately.
- Start drying
Set your hair dryer to the highest heat and speed and start drying your hair. Concentrate on the roots using your fingers to lift and section your hair. Ty not to use the comb at this stage and make sure the hair dryer is held face down. The drying has to go from the crown of the head towards the bottom and not the opposite. Keep on drying until 60 to 80% (but not more) of your hair is dry.
- Section your hair
A good thing to do before finishing your drying is to separate your hair in strands. This will help you concentrate on smoothing section by section. Divide your hair in three sections – one on the crown of the head, one in the middle and one on the neck. You can use hairclips or rubber bands to maintain the sections attached.
If you have a bang, blow-dry it first. In fact, bangs dry faster and become difficult to smooth once dry.
- Use the right brush
The type of brush you use while drying has an impact on the results. If you wish to add more volume, use a round brush, and if you wish to have straight hair, use a flat brush.
- The right technique to blow-dry
Take a hair strand (5 to 10 cm) and straighten it. Keeping the hair straightened while drying is the most important thing to do if you’re trying to get a smooth blow-drying.
Make sure you direct the air-flow down the hair shaft, smoothing the hair cuticle as you go. This makes hair smooth and silky. To lock the style in place and give more shine blast every section with cold air from your hair dryer.
- Release the next lock
Once the lower lock is completely dry, remove the hairclip and release the middle lock. Dry this section using the same technique and dry the last section the same way. When your hair is totally dry, you will notice how silky straight it is. If it’s still a bit wavy, you probably need carry on drying with the help of the brush.
- Fix Spray
To tame and lock the movement of your hair and even give it more shine, apply a small amount of fix spray on the ends and the length. L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni Art Fix Design Spray is a great plus.
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