Nothing makes you feel more like a million bucks than the smooth, shiny locks you get after a salon blow dry. But when you try to recreate the same look at home, it tends to fall a little…flat. So, what do the hair pros know that we don’t? We got three hair experts: Monique McMahon, Creative Director at QUE Colour, Jayne Wild, ghd Australia Ambassador, and Karen Love, Founder of Loxx Salon, to give us the low-down on getting a DIY ‘just walked out of the salon’ look.
If you’re unsure of what products to use or which brush to wield, keep scrolling for five secrets for achieving the perfect blow dry at home.
McMahon, Wild and Love stress the importance of using quality tools to ensure the best results and less drying time (yes, please!). Your two go-tos should be a hairdryer and medium-sized round soft bristled brush.
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“Squeeze the water out of your hair to remove excess water. Never rub the hair as this will damage the cuticle,” warns Wild.
We suggest using an absorbent hair towel like Acquis’ Lisse Luxe Hair Towel to avoid unwanted frizz. Then, spritz your hair with a heat protectant spray before blow drying to avoid heat damage, help detangle your hair and add shine.
“Be sure to section your hair. Always start underneath using your brush and keep the nozzle pointing downwards. Make sure you dry the hair thoroughly before you take your next section,” advises Wild.
Although it may take you longer, smaller sections will give you more control over the style you’re trying to create—just think of the upper arm strength!
If you’ve got fine hair, opt for a volumising mist, but if you’ve got a thicker mane, stick to a hair oil to nourish dry ends, suggests McMahon. Just be aware of your product placement and the amount you use (minimal product for maximum effect), says Love. Work oil from mid-lengths to the ends to avoid limp, oily-looking locks. If you’re using volume-boosting products, it’s important to keep these towards the roots to create the most lift.
“Patience, practise and perseverance are all essential when it comes to blow drying your hair, especially if you’re trying to break old habits,” says Love.