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6 hair drying mistakes you're probably making...and how to avoid them

1. Get your hands on a microfiber towel

Microfiber fabric towels have finer threads than regular towels, which glides easily over hair, reducing strain. Microfiber towels also absorb more moisture in the hair in less time than a regular cotton towel, cutting down drying time. While using a microfiber hair towel be sure to gently squeeze the towel on your hair in an upward motion to use the least amount of force and friction as possible in order to keep your hair soft and frizz-free.

2. Let your hair air dry

One of the best things you can do for your hair is to just leave it alone. Think of it as a vacation for your scalp and hair—the less processing, pulling, tugging, and external force it goes through, the better. That means stronger, shinier, healthier looking hair, achieved with minimal effort! A quick tip, when air drying your hair, throw it into loose braids. Undo the braids after a few hours and enjoy easy, heatless mermaid waves.

3. Use the right styling products

If you don't have the time to wait around for your hair to air dry, be sure to use a heat protectant before blow drying or coming into contact with any curling wand or hair straightener. We also recommend getting your hands on a blow dry spray, like the Kenra blow dry spray, which dramatically cuts down drying time while providing heat protection. The benefit? Not only do you gain a few extra minutes in the morning, but less time spent under a hot blow dryer also equals less damage to your hair strands. 

4. Use the correct styling tools

Ever notice how your hair has bounce and volume when you leave the hair salon? It seems that the salon blowout is something many women spend years trying to perfect at home, and we've got the scoop for you to do just that. The trick to a salon blowout is in the hair brush.

ROUND BRUSH

A round brush is best for blow drying hair and the bigger the brush, the more volume you will get. Use a natural boar brush, which distributes oils from your scalp throughout your hair strands to help you get that smooth salon-quality finish.

METAL BARREL HAIR BRUSH

On the other hand, round brushes with perforated metal barrels cut drying time down by heating up the hair and distributing airflow to other areas. 

4. Use the nozzle

The small but mighty hair dryer nozzle is an important component to getting the perfect blowout. The nozzle helps to direct airflow to a concentrated area of your hair, to smooth down the hair cuticle and help lock in shine. Stylists will argue that the nozzle needs to be attached facing a certain direction but as long as you can comfortably hold the blow dryer so that the widest part of the nozzle is horizontal and parallel to each piece of hair, the nozzle will work for you. To achieve a sleek and shiny look with plenty of volume, point the blow dryer at a downward angle while you use a round brush to smooth it out.

5. Use the nozzle

The small but mighty hair dryer nozzle is an important component to getting the perfect blowout. The nozzle helps to direct airflow to a concentrated area of your hair, to smooth down the hair cuticle and help lock in shine. Stylists will argue that the nozzle needs to be attached facing a certain direction but as long as you can comfortably hold the blow dryer so that the widest part of the nozzle is horizontal and parallel to each piece of hair, the nozzle will work for you. To achieve a sleek and shiny look with plenty of volume, point the blow dryer at a downward angle while you use a round brush to smooth it out.

6. Completely dry hair and section it off when drying

Blow drying hair yourself is never as easy as being pampered in a chair at a salon while your stylist works her magic—mastering a salon blowout takes practice! To make blow drying your hair at home significantly easier (especially for your arms) dry your entire head until about 80% dry, using just the blow dryer. Flip your head upside down to get every angle possible so that your ends and hard-to-reach roots are almost fully dry. Remember, hair styles best from damp to dry, not wet to dry.

Next take a fine tooth comb and section off your hair into several parts depending on how fine or thick your hair is, focussing on individual pieces at a time. Be sure that each section is perfect before moving on to the next, and ensure that no moisture is left behind.

Seal the deal with a shine-boosting serum or a drop or two of hail oil, and you're done!

Have you been making hair drying or blow drying mistakes at home? Will you be changing up your hair drying routine? Let us know in the comments below.


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