Perfect your at home blow-out.

Perfect your at home blow-out.

Achieving a salon look at home just got easier – our hairdressers have spilled the beans on their tips and tricks for nailing your at-home blow-dry.

Dry a little first. Before getting started with your blow-dryer, make sure to towel dry your hair to remove at least 35-40% of moisture from your locks. Make sure to be gentle with the towel; use soft movements and avoid vigorous rubbing or pulling at the roots. After towel drying, blow-dry using only hot air and your fingers before coming in with a brush.

Be gentle. Proper technique is all about being gentle, and avoiding damage to your hair. Be sure not to pull your hair when brushing, and avoid using the high heat setting on your blowdryer if possible. And remember to keep the blow-dryer moving at all times, to avoid concentrating heat on one portion of hair.

Focus on the roots. If you’re after body and volume, use your fingers to comb your hair upwards from the roots while you blow dry. Using a brush for this step is less effective, as you won’t be able to get as close to the scalp.
Work methodically. Divide your hair into 4-6 sections (depending on how much hair you have) from ear to ear, and secure each one with a sectioning clip. Starting from the back of your head, working with a round brush, point the nozzle of the dryer at your hair and move it directly down the hair shaft from root to tip. Keep working the brush through each section until it is completely dry. Dry each section of the back half, before getting started on the front.

Use products sparingly. Investing in good products can be futile if you’re using them incorrectly. Keep in mind that less is generally more when it comes to leave-in heat protectants and conditioners. Opt for a dollop of products the size of a 20 or 50 cent coin (depending on how much hair you have) to avoid a stringy finish. Make sure to concentrate the product through the ends of your hair, to avoid an oily scalp. And always apply voluminising products to the roots only, so as not to weigh the rest of your hair down.

Ask your hairdresser. Ask your stylist for at-home blowdry tips the next time you’re in the chair. Professional insight can make all the difference, particularly when it comes to the proper way to hold your brush and blow-dryer.