As you know the success of your curls depends mainly on the cut, but also on the way you blow-dry your curly hair. It’s essential to blow dry properly in order to achieve best results. Using a diffuser is the best way to blow-dry without damaging it.
Before you begin blow-drying make sure you have: a towel, hair dryer, diffuser, heat protective product, styling product (mousse, gel, foam, curl enhancing product), wide toothed comb, brush, clips.
Shampoo and condition
Always use a shampoo specifically designed for your type. Make sure your shampoo is mild and cleanses well. It shouldn’t contain alcohol or any harsh chemicals. Look for a low pH shampoo to keep moisturized. Massage the scalp with the tips of the fingers instead of the fingernails to avoid scalp irritation. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and never rinse with hot water as it dries out. Apply a conditioner every time you wash. Apply the conditioner to the entire hair, concentrating on the ends. Leave it on for approximately 3/5 minutes to penetrate deeply into your hair and then rinse thoroughly.
- Towel dry
After washing, wrap in a towel to remove the excess water but don’t rub your curly hair because you may easily damage the cuticles. Let it dry wrapped in a towel for approximately 5/10 minutes.
Use a wide toothed comb to comb your wet hair gently. Always begin combing in small sections, at the ends of the hair and continue combing to the scalp, when detangling.
- Apply a heat protecting product
Applying a heat protecting product is a must when blow drying or straightening. These products protect the hair from heat damage and enhance the effectiveness of your blow dryer, as they buffer the heat from every heat styling product. Most of the heat protecting products contain ingredients that add shine to the hair, calm frizz and extend the life of your color. Apply it onto clean and damp hair lightly to each section.
Apply a styling product
Apply a styling product to help you manage and control your curls. Apply the styling product (mousse, gel, foam, spray) throughout, using a comb to distribute it evenly. Make sure you apply a proper amount of the product, concentrating on the ends to avoid the roots so as not to overload it with product. These products not only make curly hair more manageable but they also give blow-dried hair more body and styling qualities.
Divide into section
Divide into four sections using clips. This way it will be easier for you to blow-dry, especially it is curly. Gently comb each section.
Start blow drying
Take one section and keep working on it. First start blow drying to the roots and make sure your blow dryer is set on low or medium heat to avoid damage. Keep it about five/ six inches away. The air must blow upwards your fingers. Start blow drying with a rough brush to lift the roots up and out if you want to get more volume.
When using a diffuser tilt your head so that your hair falls into the diffuser. Hold it close to your head. Work the diffuser around your head, ensuring all sections are dry. The diffuser will give more volume and will distribute the heat evenly without blasting the curls from your style. Gently run your fingers through and shake out the curls.
- Apply a hairspray
Apply a blast of hairspray to keep your curls shiny and droop-free.
- Use a volumizing shampoo and a leave-in-conditioner to help plump locks.
- Do not brush your curls, leave them to hang naturally.
- Remember: curly hair is very fragile and tends to break easily.
- Avoid everyday blow drying.
- Apply an anti-frizz spray to prevent frizziness.
- If you want to give more volume, move the blow-dryer in small circular motions.
- Never blow-dry too close to the scalp to avoid damaging it.
- When blow-drying, go very slowly on each section to another.
- If it is prone to frizz, keep your fingers out until it is absolutely dry.
- Overheating may seriously damage it.
- Always use a low or medium heat.
- Lift your curls gently while blow-drying to create more volume.
- Use silicone based shine enhancing spray to add shine.
- Look for an ionic blow dryer as it is less damaging.
- Always use a heat protecting product when styling.
- Always use a wide toothed comb to comb wet hair – brushing wet hair can seriously damage the cuticles.
- Point the nozzle of the blow dryer downside to avoid frizzes.
- Do a deep conditioning treatment once or twice a month to keep in good shape.
- Do not use too much styling products, instead coat just the ends of the hair.
- Look for products containing vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, UV protective filters, moisturizing ingredients, essential oils.
- Massage your scalp every time while shampooing to improve blood circulation.
To Blow Dry or Air Dry
There is a big difference between blow drying and air drying one’s hair. Some women and men opt to blow dry their hair because it saves time and others choose to let their hair air dry because it is less damaging to the hair. Having perfectly styled hair can be done either way and it really is the choice of the person doing the styling. There are several differences on blow drying and air drying.
Air drying is non-damaging. It is the natural way for your wet tresses to dry. One thing to consider is that it will take longer to dry using this method. For this reason, and this reason alone, many women opt to blow dry their hair to save time. For instance, when you’re getting ready for work, waiting to dry in order to style it is just not an option. Hair that has dried naturally can also be harder to style. Many women and men have hair with natural curls and waves to it. When hair dries naturally, the curls and waves set into the hairstyle. Straightening the hair, for instance, will take longer when hair is dried naturally
One thing to take into consideration is the fact that air drying is non-damaging, as stated previously. What this means is that it will suffer fewer split ends and heat damage that is associated with blowing the hair dry. It is something to consider when the health of your hair is a big issue for you. Many women can blow dry their hair every day without much thought or consequence.
Blow drying the hair is another method of drying it. Blow drying is a quick and easy way to get your wet hair dry in a jiffy. For women with short or shoulder length hair, blow drying can take anywhere from five to ten minutes. If it is very thick, coarse, and long it may take a little bit more time to get those locks dry. Alternatively, blow drying is a fantastic way to keep healthy in the cold winter months. Going outside with wet hair is not a safe option, and blow drying will quickly dry completely.
The obvious difference between blow drying and letting it air dry is cost. Air drying is free, obviously because air is free. Blow dryers cost money and depending on the quality and brand of your blow dryer, the price can vary greatly. Blow drying will also damage it over time, though special conditioners and heat protecting sprays can be used to avoid heat damage. Hair that has been blown dry is also easier to style with a straightener, for instance.
How To Curl With Rollers At Home
If for years you have spent hours ironing your curly hair until it is sleek you can now put down your straighteners and wear your curls with pride. Curls have made a comeback and they are bigger and bolder than ever before.
The success of your curls depends mainly in your cut. Curly hair needs a great shape and work best with long layers. The hair should be left at least one inch longer than other hair types. Layering removes some of the weight which prevents it corkscrewing into itself and becoming knotted.
Hot rollers and sponge rollers will give you amazing curls.
How to do it
- wash it
- apply styling hair product
- separate hair into sections using a wide comb
- spray the base of each section of hair before inserting the roller
- when hair becomes damp pile the heated rollers on top of the head and put in with hair upside down to pump up volume
- use clippers to secure the rollers
- apply heat for a few minutes
- allow the rollers to cool before removing the rollers
- gently run your fingers through and shake out the curls
- finish with a blast of hair spray to keep your waves shiny and droop-free
- curls should never look crisp
- don’t put too much hair in one roller
- always use styling products so that curls will be nice and smooth
- choose hydrating shampoo, it puts moisture back into curls making them soft and manageable
- always use conditioner – the hair needs moisture, especially when it’s curly
- curls should never be washed every day
- leave a little conditioner in the hair to lightly coat the curls
- revive curls with a spritz of water mixed with a little volumising solution
- apply frizz-busting to the lengths of the hair before it’s dry
- never brush the curls, leave them to hang naturally and try to touch them as little as possible
Different kinds of rollers will give you different types of curl:
- the wet set rollers will give you lots of curls and extreme volume
- the hot rollers will give you lots of curls and volume to the hair. They must be used on thoroughly dry hair