Emiliano Vitale, Creative Director, E Salon, Sydney has these tips for getting a gorgeous blowdry at home.
Achieving the perfect blow dry depends on the individual hairstyle.
Important Pro Tip:
Having the right hair dryer with various heat and speed settings is essential! The new VS Sassoon Ultimate Salon Dryer is perfect with its up to 2200 Watts of drying power for fast results and 3 heat and 2 speed settings which can be adjusted according to hair type. It’s also comes with Ceramic tourmaline nano silver technology which unites micro particles of nano silver, tourmaline and ceramic that, when combined with heat, seals the hair cuticle to leave hair with reduced frizz and enhanced shine.
The key to all great blow dries is clean hair. Once you have cleansed and conditioned your hair, thoroughly rinse your hair leaving no residue, and finish with some cold water. This helps to seal the cuticle and add incredible shine to your hair.
Blow drying off any excess moisture in your hair is vital when achieving a salon perfect blow dry. Dry down the hair shaft, not up it, as this will ensure the outer layer of your hair stays smooth giving you that sophisticated, polished, ‘just left the salon’ look.
Step 2a: How much should I dry off my hair initially?
Thick unruly hair - dry off to 25%
Medium/normal texture - dry to 50%
Fine hair up to 75%
Apply a small amount of your preferred styling product, this is where your stylist is vital, he/she will recommend what is right for your hair type and condition. To create a salon-perfect blow-dry at home you will need to use product!
Blow-drying short hair:
Set your blow-dryer on a medium speed setting, and high heat. Try Wrap-Drying your hair straight for a speedy alternative. Take a flat brush and wrap your hair around your head. The roundness of your head will stretch any curl or wave out of your hair, whilst still maintaining its natural body.
The medium speed ensures a healthy shine to your hair.
Blow-drying medium-length hair:
If your hair is bobbed or naturally smooth, the goal here is to have the correct sized round brush to suit your length; your stylist will recommend this for you. When drying, do not lift too much from the roots, as this creates an old fashioned look. The key is to ensure the hair grips to the brush, enabling you to work it through with the heat, roots to ends. Use a small concentrated nozzle, for precise heat, and work toward the floor ensuring your working down the cuticle, not against it, this provides amazing shine.
Key Tip: Do not roll the hair under, instead continue working through the ends with the airflow working down the shaft.
Blow-drying Long hair:
Follow very much the same technique as medium though the key here is patience. Allow yourself time to achieve the perfect blow-dry.
Key Tip: Start at the back sections first and ensure that is done beautifully so you can finish with the ‘easier’ front section before you become too tired!
Finish each style with a light spray for hold and extra shine.