There is nothing quite so wonderful as the feeling you get from a salon-fresh blowdry. The colour always looks better, the strands shinier and yes, you get a bounce in your step to match your ‘do. But, what if we told you that you could totally blowdry your hair like a pro at home? Oh yes, it’s possible. You just need to know the secrets, so we called on Paul Falltrick, Global Design Team Member and Artistic Director for Matrix and Biolage, who was willing to spill. From getting the technique down and using the right products for your hair to banishing frizz and getting volume in all the right places, keep reading to find out how to blowdry your hair like a pro…
How to Blowdry Your Hair Properly
Wash, Detangle, Go
The key when blowdrying your hair is that you want to get the hair cuticles to lie smooth and face in the same direction to boost shine and avoid potential frizz. "Start with freshly washed hair but don’t over towel dry, as this can rough up the cuticles. Press, blot or gently squeeze the hair with your towel instead,” says Falltrick.
“If you have a hair type that tends to frizz don’t let it air dry too much, apply your products early. If you have a natural wave, then it’s fine to air dry but make sure the hair is tangle-free because you will damage your hair over time if you leave the cuticle rough and exposed to the elements whilst it dries.”
Start by gently brushing your hair with a boar bristle brush (or a vented, nylon brush, if you’re vegan). “If you have any tangles, comb the hair from the ends working up to root to avoid breaking the strands,” warns Falltrick.
Much like a house has foundations, your blowdry needs a solid base too, notes Falltrick. Your hair’s foundation comes in the shape of styling products, which should be applied to towel-dried hair. “If the hair is soaking you’ll be diluting any product you apply,” he says.
A great prep product for everyone is the new Biolage All-In-One Coconut Spray, as it lightly conditions, detangles and protects the hair from heat. It’s ideal for gym-goers who don’t want to pack a ton of different hair styling products into their bag or for people who travel a lot and need to keep things streamlined.
If frizz is your enemy, Falltrick recommends Biolage R.A.W. Frizz Control Styling Spray or R.A.W. Smoothing Styling Milk, with honey and oat, it softens strands and offers flexible hold to help you blowdry with ease.
Want volume at the root? Try VolumeBloom Full Lift Volumizer Spray, which expands the hair fibres adding bounce and movement to the roots.
If you need a little control but also moisture in the mid-lengths and ends, Falltrick suggests using a mousse like High Amplify Foam Volumizer, “any excess product evaporates as you blowdry, so you don’t get a crunchy or sticky residue,” he promises. Prefer oil to mousse? Exquisite Oil Treatment offer weightless nourishment, detangles and strengthens strands to resist breakage, whilst also leaving hair soft, shiny and manageable.
For hair that is fine or thinning due to hormonal changes or stress, you can lean on FullDensity Densifying Spray Treatment to expand the diameter of your strands so they look and feel thicker once blow-dried.
Finally, if your hair is overly colour-treated the KeratinDose Pro Keratin Renewal Spray works to prevent frizz, boost shine and help to make strands more manageable.
Just Add Heat!
If you want to get volume into the hair, Falltrick recommends rough drying the hair with your head tipped to the side. Tip your head to the right and brush the hair to the left while rough drying, then do the same on the opposite side until the hair is 80 percent dry.
The brush holding technique that hairdressers use is key, and it’s not that tricky to re-create at home. Promise! Take a round boar bristle brush, the larger the brush the straighter the end result will be, a smaller 1-inch round brush will give you waves, for example.
“Put your hand onto the handle right near bristles and let your thumb lays across the bristles, as if you’re doing a thumbs up gesture. That will give you the tension, especially if you use your thumb to squeeze the hair around the brush. To re-create that brush spin hairdressers do, use your thumb to twist and control the brush,” advises Falltrick. It does take a bit of practice but once you have the hang of it you’ll never look back.
“Start blowdrying your hair from the front at the top and lay the hair forward out of the way to let it cool while you blowdry the rest of the hair, when you flick the front section back you’ll have tons of volume,” says Falltrick.
The Biggest Blowdry Mistakes
The first mistake is not hitting the “conversion point”, says Falltrick. This is where the hair goes from wet to dry. “Leave the hair damp and your blowdry will collapse, over-dry the hair and it will go static,” he warns. If you suffer from static strands it could be because you are using a plastic brush, which negatively charges the strands leading to static. If static is your foe, get yourself an ionic hairdryer to combat this.
The second mistake is not blowdrying the hair in sections. “Sectioning is key! If you try to blowdry your whole head in one go, it won’t turn out like a salon blowdry.” Take your time to blowdry smaller sections and you’ll end up with a pro result.
The third mistake, “using products that don’t work for your hair type.” Falltrick advises checking your styling products with your hairdresser because “sometimes hair can become unresponsive to products.”
And don’t forget heat protector! The new All-In-One Coconut Spray is a good choice or for coloured hair the R.A.W. Colour Care Heat Primer protects from temperature up to 215 degrees.
Tweak Your Blowdry to Suit Your Hair Type
Falltrick shares his blowdry tweaks for each hair type…
Blowdry Tweak for Short Hair: Don’t lift the hair at the hair line as this can leave a pixie crop or bob looking a bit retro and frumpy.
Blowdry Tweak for Long Hair: When using prep products think of the hair in sections, you may want to use a volume product at the roots like Full Lift Volumizer Spray, a mousse to control the mid-lengths like High Amplify Foam Volumizer and a nourishing oil like Exquisite Oil Treatment to tame those ends.
Blowdry Tweak for Wavy Hair: Leave wavy hair to air dry and then use a texturising styling spray. You can blowdry the front if you want it smooth and then take a hot wand to add some more deliberate waves if you like.
Blowdry Tweak for Curly Hair: Use a diffuser attachment on your hairdryer and whatever you do, don’t touch your hair. Scrunch drying is for drying wavy hair to make it curlier, just rest your curls on the diffuser and let the hairdryer do the work. If your curls are moving on the diffuser, then the setting is too fast!
Blowdry Tweak for Fine hair: Put the hairdryer on a medium heat, slow speed setting because you don't want to dry out the root too much on fine hair. Our goal is to leave the scalp healthy and using too much heat alongside products will clog the pores and could cause hair to go even finer over time
Blowdry Tweak for a Fringe: If you put too much volume into the roots of your fringe you’ll look surprised to see everyone! When the hair is hot and dry, take your fingers and rest them on top of the roots to cool the hair and take down some of the volume.
How to Make Your Blowdry Last Longer
Getting that conversion point is key to ensuring your blowdry lasts. However on a wet or humid day, over-dry your hair just a little as this will prevent moisture getting in that can turn your sleek blowdry into a frizz ball.
BiolageVolumeBloom Full Lift Volumizer Spray
Total-ResultsMatrix Total Results High Amplify Foam Volumizer, High Volume Styling Mousse For Fine Flat Hair
BiolageFullDensity Densifying Spray Treatment
BiolageKeratinDose Pro-Keratin Renewal Spray