If we have discussed with each other the way to straighten hair with heat by using straightening irons in the previous post, we, in this post, will unveil the other way to properly straighten your hair without destroying your hair by using a hairdryer, just follow the steps below!
Step 1: Wash Your Hair
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you will need to wash your hair before blow-drying. Use a smoothing shampoo and conditioner if your hair is thick or prone to frizz, or go for volumizing if your hair is thin or flat.
- Only apply conditioner to the ends and mid-lengths of your hair. If you apply it to the roots, your hair will look flat and greasy.
- Use a wide-toothed comb to work out any tangles while the conditioner is in your hair. The conditioner will make it much easier and will minimize hair breakage.
Step 2: Towel-dry Your Hair.
Once you step out of the shower, wrap your hair in an absorbent, microfiber towel and leave it for a minute or two. Then unwrap your hair and use your towel to gently dab or blot your hair to get rid of any excess moisture.
- Keep in mind that don’t rub your hair with the towel, as this will cause your hair to break. You are not trying to dry your hair with the towel, it should still be pretty damp when you’re finished towel drying.
Step 3: Comb Out Any Tangles.
Use a wide-tooth comb or paddle brush to part and comb your hair. Make sure to be gentle because damp hair is very fragile. Remember to work from the ends upwards, rather than from the roots down, as this will cause less breakage.
Step 4: Apply Some Products.
Apply a small amount of straightening serum or cream to the ends and mid-lengths of your hair and massage it in. This will help to make your hair extra smooth and sleek after drying.
- If you can find a straightening product that contains a heat protection element, all the better.
- Again, avoid applying these products to the roots, as they will weigh hair down.
Step 5: Use A Good Hairdryer.
A good hairdryer is essential when you are trying to blow dry your hair straight. The more power and heat a hairdryer can provide, the easier and faster you can straighten your hair. If you need to invest in a new hairdryer, there are several things you should consider:
- Wattage: The wattage of a hairdryer is an indication of how powerful an air flow it has. The higher the wattage you can get, the better. Most salon hair dryers have a wattage of around 1800, though a wattage of 2000 may be necessary for very thick or curly hair.
- Speed and Temperature Controls: Having a hairdryer with adjustable speeds and temperatures is a major bonus, as you will use different settings to achieve different styles. For example, a cool setting can be used to finish your hair with a blast of cold air, which helps to set the style while adding shine.
- Weight: The last thing you want is a heavy hairdryer which is going to tire out your arm when you’re just halfway through a blow-dry. Look for a hairdryer that weighs less than two pounds. The weight should be indicated on the box.
- Attachments: If you are using a hairdryer to blow dry your hair straight, you will definitely need a nozzle attachment that concentrates the airflow and prevents hair from frizzing. Check to see if a nozzle attachment is included with your hair dryer or if it needs to be purchased separately.
Step 6: Rough Dry Your Hair.
Turn your hairdryer on (to a high speed and heat, if possible) and begin roughly drying your hair. Concentrate on drying your roots, using your fingers to lift and separate your hair. You shouldn’t use a brush just yet.
- Make sure that the hairdryer is pointing downwards to help keep your hair smooth and frizz-free. It should be blowing hair down from the crown of your head, rather than upwards.
- You should continue rough drying your hair until it is about 60% to 80% dry, but no more.
Step 7: Divide Your Hair Into Sections.
Dividing your hair into sections before you finish blow drying is a good idea, as it will help you to focus on straightening one layer of hair at a time. Split your hair into three layers – one at the crown of your head, one at the middle sections, and one at the nape of your neck. Use butterfly clips or hair ties to keep the top two layers out of the way for now.
If you have bangs, leave them down and dry them first before you dry the bottom layer. This is because bangs will dry quickly and they will be harder to straighten once dry.
Step 8: Use The Right Kind of Hairbrush.
The type of hairbrush you use while blow drying your hair will have an impact on how your hair turns out. If you want to add volume while you straighten, or add a slight curl or flick to the ends, use a thick round brush. But if you want poker-straight locks, a paddle brush is your best option.
Step 9: Use Right Technique to Blow-dry Hair Straight.
- Take a section of hair between two and four inches wide and hold it taut with the hairbrush. Keeping the hair taut while drying is the most important technique in achieving straight hair.
- You also need to make sure that you are directing the airflow downwards – the nozzle of the hair dryer should be pointing towards the ends of the hair as you dry. This keeps the hair cuticle down, giving you a smoother, sleeker result.
- Once you have completely dried each section of hair, finish it off with a blast of cool air to help set the style and add shine.
- Once you have completely dried the bottom layer of hair, remove the butterfly clip holding the middle layer. Dry this layer of hair using the same technique as before. Once the second layer is completely dry, let down the third and final layer and finish off your blow-dry.
- Once your hair is completely dry, it should look straight and sleek. If it’s still a little wavy, you may need to dry it further, really using the brush to pull the hair straight.
Some YouTube tutorials can assist you in grasping the correct technique:
Step 10: Apply Some Finishing Product.
To set your style and give your hair a little extra shine and control, apply a pea-sized amount of finishing product to the ends and mid-lengths of your hair. A shine serum or a shine spray will both do the trick. If you’re worried about your hair falling flat or losing its shape, mist it with a light layer of hairspray, holding the can about six inches away from your head. This will ensure that your hair stays straight all day (or night!) long.