Now that the warm weather is over, air-drying your hair is no longer an option. Before you grab your brush and blow-dryer, read our 5 blow-drying mistakes to avoid to keep your hair healthy and give you a sleek, frizz-free blowout.
1. Not Using a Heat Protectant
We’ve stressed the importance of protecting your hair before using any heat tools before, and this is no exception. Using a protectant like Living Proof’s Restore Instant Protection will prevent any heat and tension damage.
2. Starting with Sopping Wet Hair
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is starting with sopping wet hair. You want to rough dry 60-70% of your hair before starting your blow-dry.
3. Not Sectioning Your Hair
Making sure to properly section your hair with clips is very important. Start with two sections at the top of your head, then continue to both sides of your head from hairline to just behind the ear. Then, make four sections in the back. This will create manageable sections for you to blow-dry.
4. Not Holding Your Brush the Right Way
Make sure your brush is vertical and your blow dryer horizontal. You’ll also want to avoid blow-drying straight at the hair, this will only damage your strands. You’ll want to make sure that you’re constantly moving the brush and dryer.
5. Using the Wrong Brush
Which brush you use is dependent on your hair type. For fine hair, use a metal brush. This brush heats up quickly and will add bounce and movement to your strands. For medium hair, try a boar bristle brush to take out frizziness and add a bit of extra shine. For coarse or curly hair, opt for a brush that has both boar bristles and plastic bristles to help smooth and leave the hair soft and bouncy.