August 17, 2011

Blow Dry Your Way to Beautiful Hair

HANAair Professional Hair Dryer from Missiko

Blow drying you hair doesn't have to be a hassle.  It comes down to the right products, the right hair dryer, a little bit of knowledge and time.  Here are my top tips:

1.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  You will want to start out with freshly washed and conditioned hair.

2.  Apply product to towel dried hair.  If you have fine hair, use a volumizer.  Girls with thick, curly hair may want to use a smoother, while those with dry should opt for a leave-in conditioner or shine serum.  Concentrate product on ends and work up the shafts unless, it's a root boost.  A product must-have for all hair types?  Corioliss Laboratory Leave in Protection Mist.  It is a lightweight treatment that provides thermal protection against those blow-dryers, curling irons and straighteners, while at the same time, restores hair's moisture. And triple plus?  It smells soo good.

3. Now that hair is prepped, it is time to break out that blow dryer. Sure, any blow dryer can get the job done, but what long term effects does it have on your hair?  I guarantee you, not good. I use the HANAair Professional Hair Dryer because it keeps my hair shiny with it's ion technology that helps condition and promote healthier hair. It dries hair 60% faster, which is a win for your time and a win for your fragile hair.  It also has a powerful AC on it, so if I wanted to, I could blow dry strictly on the cold setting, which feels good during this summer heat. And lucky for you, it's on sale right now at Misikko.

4. Once hair has air dried slightly, divide hair into sections. Start at the nape of your neck and leave a small section out to blow dry and clip the remaining hair up.  Blast the section of hair with the barrel pointing down the shaft to dry it slightly before styling. Never blow dry hair with the nozzle pointing up because it can casue frizziness and split ends.  Always blow dry down to seal the cuticle.

5.  Pick up that round brush.  My favorite is the Marilyn Brush because it is made with natural boar bristles and it is very gentle on your hair.  It also has good tension while styling and polishes hair to look shiny and static free.  

6. Start blow drying at the root and run your brush through the ends with the nozzle pointing down. You may have to do this a few times before the hair is dry.

7.  Lift at the roots.  I like to wrap all of the hair onto the brush and then lift at the root by pulling the hair up.  Make sure to blast warm or hot air on the underside of the root and also on the top of the root to ensure that it is dry.  Pulling the hair taut is super important because it concentrates on volumizing the hair at the roots so it doesn't lay flat on your head once it is dry.  This will give your hair some bounce.

8. Set the style with a blast of cool air. While hair is wrapped in the brush, blast cool air at the roots and hair, and let the style sit for a 5-10 seconds. Then gently release the hair by pulling the brush gently through the ends.

9. Continue this process through all sections of hair until you reach the top of your head. The key is to make sure every piece of hair on your head is dry.  Never leave roots even slightly damp or you will have just wasted all of your time.

10.  For extra volume, once hair is dry, reinforce with velcro rollers, making sure to pull hair taut at the root as you put them in your hair.  You can even blast them with hot and cold air.  Remove after ten to fifteen minutes.

11.  Finish with a shine serum, concentrating ONLY on the ends.  I like
Hana Shine Shield.  It's not super greasy on the hair.  Make sure to use a small amount.  Anything left over you can rub into the skin (with Hana).  If you have very fine or limp hair, skip this step or opt for something for your hair type.


Liesl said...

The perfect step by step how to! Your hair is beautiful and looks like a similar texture to mine!

Liesl :)

Stesha said...

I never blowdry my hair because I have no patience! This is a great tutorial and I need to start to use it. Then my hair would maintain volume all day instead of lay flat :( !

ps, I LOVE your highlights!

Bree said...

Blow drying my hair takes a good 40 minutes, and I just don't have that time. I also don't want to kill it with the heat! My hair already isn't in healthiest condition. Maybe it's a better blow dryer I need to invest in..

Gertrude said...

Thanks for sharing! I'm really bad at blow drying my hair straight! lol.

Kimberly said...

This is the EXACT process I use when doing mine! My hair is naturally very curly, so these steps really are a must for me to get mine straight & shiny! :)

Anonymous said...

While this is an excellent tutorial, don't forget that before you start to round brush, product should be combed through with a wide tooth comb for even coverage and then air formed (blown out with your hand) until the hair is 80 to 90% dry. This is especially important for people with frizzy/ curly hair.

naomemandeflores said...

I don't even own a blow dryer, can you believe it? I must buy one!

Camila Faria

Taylor Morgan said...

I want/need this hair dryer!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

What a fun tutorial! This is super helpful

Rissy said...

so excited I actually do most of this! just sad I don't live in AZ so my tresses don't benefit from that lack of humidity : /

Sheila said...

thanks for the great tips!

L said...

Uh oh, I just bought the blow dryer! A huge splurge for me, but I've been looking for a great one. I'm growing my hair out even more, so a quick dry time and conditioning are important! Thanks Katie!

Life is Good said...

Love all of your beauty tips! This is probably a dumb question, but do you put down the blow dryer everytime you have to round-brush a new section of hair? I do, but was just wondering if there was maybe an easier way.

Natalya's Closet said...

Great post!! XOXO,

Chloe Madison said...

I hate blowing out my hair, SO HARD!
But this really helps, so thanks :-) Definitely need to invest in that hair dryer!

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

you looke gorgeous missy!

<3 steffy
Steffys Pros and Cons

So Chic Bizarre said...

Fantastic tips!


Mere said...

I just found your blog and I love it. The birthday post below is so funny! I look forward to your future posts :-)

Rin said...

That is a very expensive hair dryer, my friend. I think I'll stick with my Conair.

One thing I do differently is blow dry all over 75%, before focusing on styling.

Good tip on adding root volume--I've always wondered how to do that because even though my hair is very thick, it lies flat on top, making it look out of proportion.

Miss Amy said...

I love that AZ has no humidity, unlike crazy Miami where I moved here from. I actually got one of those Brazilian blowouts while I was there. Sleek, shiny, STRAIGHT hair for 6 months! Best investment ever! Love your photos!

Lindsay said...

I am such a disaster when it comes to using a brush to blow dry my hair. The front sections I can do but everything else just ends up in a knotted mess :( I usually use my fingers to blow dry and then flat iron to get any semblance of a hairstyle. I wish I had the patience/talent to do this!

Ana MF said...

Thanks for all the tips! I find it really hard to do on my own hair!

xo, Ana

Rachael said...

I love this post about blow drying your hair!
Although about the 'divide it into sections' part...I'm just too lazy!!
If only I were rich and could hair someone to come blow-dry my hair everyday!

Anonymous said...

I know this may be personal but... Would you you mind sharing your haircolor / highlighting tips??? The color is gorg.

Anonymous said...

I know this may be personal but... Would you you mind sharing your haircolor / highlighting tips??? The color is gorg.

The White's said...

Ok, so can you give a tutorial on the rollers??? Am I the only one who can't figure them out? Seriously, I've tried, ugh ;)

Melanie Marie said...

I absolutely love your blog. And especially all these DIY ideas and tutorials.

This one is soooo helpful! I always get so frustrated trying to blow dry my hair into looking good and not like a lion's mane. It's even more frustrating when I know the people at the salon can make it perfect with just a wash and blow dry and I can't seem to!

Style to Stage

Skippy Wells said...

Just bought the hair dryer! There is a promo code (Misikko) for $35 off!

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