When people tell me they cant get their hair to look like it does when their stylists finish it, I tell them that its easier for the stylist because theyre behind in a natural position, facing the head. Most people blow dry their hair in front of a mirror, which makes everything opposite. I suggest getting hair on the brush and then turning away from the mirror to do the blow dry. Follow these tips and tricks to ensure a great hair day, every day:
Tricks of the Trade
- To prevent frizz, reach for an old tee shirt instead of a fluffy towel to thoroughly squeeze out the excess moisture without roughing up the cuticle. This is especially recommended if you have naturally curly hair.
- Detangle hair by working from the bottom up.
- Product is a necessity. Use mousse for volume, lotion for hair thats smooth and touchable or gel for lift and definition.
- A boar-bristle brush will distribute the natural oils throughout the hair and give a smooth finish.
- Stand up, because your body will have more flexibility than when youre sitting down.
- If you work with a round brush, section off the hair and start at the bottom. Between sections, put down the blowdryer so you have both hands to get the hair on the brush.
- If your hair is color-treated, set your thermal tools on medium to keep the cuticle closed and maintain the color longer.
Naturally curly hair has special requirements:
- Comb out hair with a large-tooth comb.
- Before using a mousse or gel, apply a leave-in conditioner.
- To maintain the curl, clamp hair with clips at the base to provide lift; then let hair dry naturally or use a diffuser to dry it.
The last thing I recommend to clients is that if theyre having a bad hair day, just start over! Spritz the hair with a water bottle and adjust the top surface. Investing just a few minutes will turn things around to have a great hair day.