Five Simple Steps to The Best Blow Dry Ever

Achieving that dream blow dry is something that all bridal hairstylists absolutely must know how to do. It might not be something you do a lot, but when you get a client that simply wants their hair blow dried to perfection for their big day, you’d better know how to do and it do it well.

There are different levels of greatness to a blow dry: some hairstylists feel it’s enough to end up with the hair dry and not a total mess; others like to use a particular hairdryer as their tool of choice to create a sleek style but hairstylists who train with create beautiful hair know that blow-drying can be used for so much more.

On our Online Bow dry & hair up course, and our 1 day intensive blow drying course, you’ll learn not only how to blow dry hair to perfection.

You’ll discover amazing pro techniques on how to style your client’s hair big and bouncy, smooth and straight, enviably curly and of course, all with gorgeous volume and movement.

There is no better way to learn than by watching the best in the industry and then going for it with loads of hands-on practice, which is what we offer on our 1 day blow drying course and virtually, on our online blow dry/bridal hair course too. But the next best thing is to get a few great tips that you can then work on at home. In today’s blog, that’s exactly what you’re going to get.

 

Here are five simple steps to the best blow dry ever!

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Avoid Friction

When the hair is still wet and you’re preparing to blow dry, the first thing you’ll need to do is remove around 70% of that moisture. We all know that heat-styling is not brilliant for hair health, so reducing the time that you need to keep those locks under hot air is a must is you want your client to have glossy tresses with minimal frizz.

To do this, you should squeeze the hair in a microfibre towel – never rub, as this friction leaves the hair dry and brittle. Apply a light leave-in conditioner as a moisturiser and detangler and then remove tangles using a tangle teezer.

Prep with Products

Once you have let the hair dry off a bit, it’s time to prep with excellent products! A volumizer spray either just at the roots or throughout the hair for plumper strands all over can really make all the difference to both fine hair that needs a bit of extra filling out and heavy hair that struggles to hold that bounce.

We love the Kerastase Volumifique spray which is milky and lightweight enough to not weigh down the hair, conditioning and a texturizer too which will help to hold the finished style in place for longer.

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Rough Dry

You won’t have the time to allow the hair to air dry to the point where it needs to be, so flip your client’s head upside-down and rough dry, using your fingers to tousle through, until you reach that 70% point.

Always keep moving the heat around the scalp to lift the roots all over and maximise the effectiveness of your chosen products, applied in the previous step.

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Section

Sectioning is a MUST for blow drying hair – you simply can’t achieve any look worth having without it. Follow a basic roller setting pattern for your sections and then begin to blow dry using a mixed boar bristle round brush lifting the section up and away from the face, with the nozzle and air-flow pointing up the hair, from the root to tip.

Once you have dried a section, roll it in on the brush and then clip into a vertical pin-curl on the scalp. Once you’ve made your way around the whole head, your pin-curls will have had at least 5 minutes to cool, so you can go ahead and take those out one by one.

Choose Your Look!

Now that the blow drying is done, you can choose to leave the hair untouched for a neat look and finish with a light hold hairspray, or give the hair a good shake through with your fingers for a more natural, loose style.

Adjust the parting to suit and complete with a spritz of TIGI Full Of It finishing spray (holding the can 10 inches away) for maximum but flexible hold.

Crimped hair has become uber trendy again this season thanks to its appearance on the catwalks. To create the iconic ‘waffle’ texture you either need to use a hair crimper or if you are looking for a more natural approach you can tightly braid your hair before running over it several times with straighteners. The benefit of a hair crimper is that it is faster and gives sharper, cleaner bends to each strand of hair.

 

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Before beginning you will need: • A crimping iron • A tail comb to smooth and create sections • Hairspray • Clips for sectioning

Step one:

Start with clean, dry hair and mist over it with heat protection spray.

Step two:

Separate your hair into sections, clipping up each section out of the way until you need it. Each section should be narrower than the plates of the crimper as this will make working through the sections more easily.

Step three:

Begin at the back of your head at the base of your neck. Spray the chosen section with the hairspray and then allow this to dry before combing through with your tailcomb.

Step four:

With the section that you are working on, take small slices from the bottom of the section and work your way upwards crimping each slice. When you have crimped the whole section you can then move on to the next section.

Step five:

You should crimp all of the lower sections first before moving on to crimp the top sections, and finally the crown.

Step six:

Allow hair to completely cool before touching it. You can then mist over the style with some light hold hairspray. This will provide you with hold but will not make your hair crispy. You will also be able to keep movement through your hair.

By Gemma

Happy New Year to all of our students and students to be!

Training with Pam Wrigley
Training with Pam Wrigley

We have an incredibly exciting year ahead of us and we’re so looking forward to sharing it with all of you. We’ve had a fantastic start to 2015, with our first Manchester 2 day hairstyling course of the year now done and dusted and one coming up in London next week (places are still available, book now and receive a £50 discount!) and our BRAND NEW makeup & airbrushing courses starting in February (book together for a discount!) we will soon be officially becoming Create Beautiful Training!

Don’t forget, we are currently having a HUGE January sale on our online bridal hairstyling courses, so if you were thinking of signing up – now’s the time.

Here are some of  the beautiful styles created by our fabulous first students of 2105! Amazing work ladies.