Do you often wonder how to stop frizzy hair after a blow-dry? How come a blow-dry at the salon leaves you looking like a celebrity, but when you blow-dry your hair at home, the results are… less appealing, to say the least. Frizzy hair after blow-drying is a problem most women struggle with and the reason is simple: chances are you’re not blow-drying your hair the right way.
Frizz is caused by lack of moisture in the hair, which might sound a bit weird because we’re blow-drying all the moisture out, aren’t we?? Hair can get frizzy from over drying it, using the wrong brush, not using the brush and blow-dryer correctly, or not using the right products.
Before you even start the blow-drying process, it’s really important to use great professional products, and hopefully, ones that have been recommended to you by your hairdresser. At the least, you should use a heat protectant, as this will help protect your hair from the blow-dryer or flat iron. But, you may also need a smoothing cream, a leave-in protein treatment of even some sort of serum. Definitely talk to your hairdresser about the right products for you at that particular time. Product demands change with seasons, and also with different styles and hair colours.
A good place to start would be to shampoo and condition your hair using an Anti -Frizz product, like the Redken Frizz Dismiss range. This will set a good foundation for the blow-drying process.
Now that you’ve shampooed your hair, it’s important not to jump right in and start blow-drying with dripping wet hair. Either let your hair dry naturally for a while first, or use a towel that will soak up a majority of moisture in the hair. I find old towels work best at this. As a rule of thumb, your hair should be about 60% dry before you pick up your dryer – the longer it’s exposed to the heat of the blow-dryer, the more potential you have to damage the hair. The more damage your hair sustains, the more chance of frizzy hair
Another tip when it comes to blow-drying is not to use using a metal brush – they heat up too fast which dries the hair and ruins its appearance; invest in a round brush with boar bristles (or, as a last resort, a mix of boar and nylon ones). The blow dry is best done in sections, making sure each section is dried completely before moving on to the next section of the hair. When using a brush for blow-drying, it’s important to get to the root first and pull through to the ends with the brush and the dryer. Make sure you blow your hair down hair shaft rather than upwards – this will create a smoother appearance or better waves. Be sure the hair is completely dry. If the roots of the hair are left damp, it will add to the hair shaft expanding and create more frizz. A good way to know if you’re done is to run your hand down your hair – if it feels cold to the touch, chances are you haven’t dried it completely.
Pay attention to the heat and air settings of your blow-dryer, too. If you’re lucky enough to have thick and curly hair, high heat can be your worst enemy – use low heat and air settings instead to get the shape you want. One great tip all hairdressers will give you is not to hold the dryer in one place but move it around constantly (otherwise, you might fry your hair off).
Follow these tips and make sure you blow-dry your hair in the right way – it will be worth it!