This how to is from our YouTube channel Free Salon Education, we have some tips to get your blow dry skills up to scratch. Check out the video below.
We're working on two types of blow dry. One is a smoother looser flick, The other is a full bouncier effect. These are two very basic blow dry affects to recreate on your guests in the salon. Brian Splits the hair in two to visually show you the how-to techniques.
Rough blow dry the hair first
Yep, Brian wants some of that water removing from the hair. The hair is worked on semi-dry because it is more malleable and requires less strain on the hair and saves time.
A one stop standard rule to blow drying hair is blow the hair facing downward. The cuticles lay in this direction and we want to keep them flat and smooth. Blowing smooth keeps the hair smooth, protected and shiny, so an all-round win.
Choose your brush size
Our first blow dry technique is on a larger round brush, Brian is showcasing a smoother flicky look.
The smaller brush gives a tighter bevel and a bouncier curl. The larger brus has a softer effect. It also saves blow dry time because our section sizes are reflected by our brush sizes. The bigger the brush, the bigger the section. The smaller the brush the smaller the section – meaning more sections.
TIP- If your section is larger than your brush it will lose its volume. You want as minimal over-direction as possible to give the best chance of a root lift.
Check your placement of the blow dryer
As mentioned before direction of the airflow is super important to achieve a good blow dry.
Brian demonstrates how putting the blow dryer in the wrong angle causes hair to flare and frizz. Follow the round brush smoothing cuticles down and keeping blow dry smooth.
Start blow drying around the face
Yup we start our blow dry around the face – nobody wants to sit there looking at their wet hair.
Not only that but the front of the hair is an area that dries quicker, so if you spend all your time working on the back of the hair, by the time you reach the front it could be dry, so work front-back. Also, there's a spot in the back to be aware of. Sometimes it can be damp after the blow dry, so pay attention to areas that might be missed.
Blow dry how to number two.
We are working with this look to add lift and volume, you need to use the right tools and products.
Brian selects a smaller round brush for this blow dry technique. He also communicates the importance of using a body product aimed on the root area to help hold the work you put in. We start again blow drying around the face.
Think about the way you use the brush.
For this technique Brian demonstrates that he is working the round brush from underneath the hair instead of over.
When he has dried his section Brian wraps the hair around the brush, rolls it up for a few seconds to cool around the brush and twists the hair off the brush. Keeping the hair in the twist helps lock-in the lift and direction you want the hair to fall. He uses his hands to place the hair how he would like it to set.
Add extra blow dry lift with this hair tip
Brian dries the area around the face to and rolls the hair in a large loop. He then clips it to set in position.
This will re-enforce extra lift at the front. Brian goes on to dry the back of the hair. This will allow the front loop cooling time. Once the hair is dried, Brian goes in, removes the clip, and adds a little pomade or finishing cream to the ends, hope you like it!