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Blow Drying 101

Sam Villa

Author Sam Villa | CO-FOUNDER SAM VILLA©


A hip back to school look starts with a stellar blow dry, these Blow Dry 101 Tips give students an intro into super sleek and big and textured hair for the semester. Looking for professional results at home? The Sam Villa E-T.C. Light Ionic Hair Dryer has more power and a cool shot to lock in styling.

Do Don't
Always dry hair from the back to front, and section with clips for more control and visibility. Work from the bottom up to avoid clipping hair that has already been dried. Don’t shake the dryer, except when drying fine hair - dryer can be shaken until hair is 80% dry to rough up cuticle and create volume and then Redken sheer straight 06 lightweight straightening gel can be applied to protect hair from heat damage.
Attack problem areas first so the challenging texture does not set and create more work. Dry hair everyday - it saves time, energy and preserves the health of hair.
Point the nozzle diagonally down the hair strand to concentrate airflow on the head to reduce drying time.Fine Hair: Take nozzle off and blast dry 80% and then add styling products.Curly Hair: Use a diffuser and Redken Fresh Curls Curl Refiner - do not touch with hands or brush. Over dry hair when styling – it damages hair and reduces shine. Focus on closing the cuticle, stretching hair to create style and cooler temperature to promote smoothness and high shine.
Base the brush and product on the hair type and desired end result.Stretch Drying: Use an oval brush for maximum grab at the root and Redken blown away 09 blow-dry gel for style memory and frizz control..Erratic hair grown at the nape: Use a fine-toothed comb and Redken spray starch 15 heat memory styler with the dryer nozzle pointing down to redirect hair..

Widows Peak: Use a fine-toothed comb and Redken spray starch 15 heat memory styler to wrap dry fringe in an “X” pattern.

Over dry hair when styling – it damages hair and reduces shine. Focus on closing the cuticle, stretching hair to create style and cooler temperature to promote smoothness and high shine.
Dry hair from just before the ends to the scalp to enhance natural texture in the ends. Use a brush when promoting natural texture, instead run fingers through the hair to create a multi-textured finish.
Lock in style with a cool shot of air when finished.