by Amy Pusey
(last updated May 6, 2009)
Salon stylists make hair care look so easy. While they seem to cut and color with agility and grace, it is their efficient blow drying techniques that are impressive. A professionally done blow out, whether to straighten, enhance waves, or preserve curls, always looks to much better than when done at home. Grant it, they do these processes repeatedly on a daily basis, so their skills are far and above the likes of yours and mine. Obviously, to get the best blow outs you need to begin with the right styling products before you even turn on your hair dryer. But, there must be something special applied to a stylist's hair drying process to get that perfect result every time.
Stylists do not often reveal secrets of their trade, but here are some Dos and Don'ts from celebrity stylists for proper use of a hair dryer in order to achieve an amazing blow out at home.
If you use a hair dryer, flat or curling irons on a daily basis, you should use a heat protectant product on your tresses before using the tool. Excessive exposure to the extreme temperatures emitted from styling tools can damage hair and make it dry and brittle over time.
Seal in the style while blow drying by first starting with medium heat, which opens the hair cuticle allowing you to manipulate the hair, and then when the section is fully dry switch to cool air to close the hair cuticle preserving the style.
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