Do you wish you could get the same smooth, voluminous hair your stylist creates in the salon when you're at home doing your own blow drying? Salon results may seem like a coveted mystery, but in fact, they are achievable at home as long as you use the right products and techniques. Here are four tips to use the next time you blow dry in order to yield more professional results.
1. Use the right product.
Products to use pre-blow-dry are not one size fits all! Many people, for example, think they need a volumizing mousse because they want their end results to be voluminous. However, if you have curly hair, wavy hair, or straight hair that isn't generally lacking in volume, a volumizing mousse will be too much since blow drying itself adds body to your hair. For curly hair and wavy hair, choose a smoothing serum. For straight, dry hair, choose a moisturizing cream or leave-in conditioner. You only need a volumizer if you naturally have very flat, lifeless hair.
2. Use a round brush.
Rather than just blowing your hair haphazardly, use a round brush to brush one section of hair straight as you blow it. Repeat this process on one small section of hair at a time. If you want more volume, brush and dry with your head upside down, and then flip your head up and continue to brush and dry more. Try to brush from the underside of the hair and apply the blow dryer from the top of the hair strands. The best brushes for blow drying have soft bristles rather than the hard plastic bristles seen on everyday brushes.
3. Use plenty of heat.
The cool setting on your blow dryer may feel good on a hot day, but it's not doing a lot for your style. It's the heat, not the air, that really locks your blow dried style in and makes it last. So, turn your blow dryer up to the highest setting, and and blow away. Using the highest air setting is also helpful, though you can turn down the air flow if you're having trouble handling the blow dryer with it blowing air so forcefully.
4. Use a double mirror.
Invest in a mirror you can place behind yourself so you can keep an eye on the back of your head -- and not just your front -- while you style. This 360-degree view allows you to be more thorough and correct mistakes as you go.
For more information, contact companies like Detour Salon & Detour The Store.