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I never had model worthy hair. I was born with curly, blonde hair that turned brown and wavy before I was able to walk (I was a crawler!) In middle school, I didn’t know how to style my weird hair, and even had a really bad short Meg Ryan inspired haircut at age 10 that was probably the biggest mistake of the adolescence.
In high school, I was part of the hair straightening trend that consisted of using mom’s laundry iron. Over the years, I have learned to semi-master my hair styling, but years (one bad bleach job) left my hair dry. Now I finally have healthy, long locks and you can too.
Usually I wear my hair in curls. It has become my signature look and I love it. When curling my hair, I skip the blow drying so I don’t over cook my hair.
Instead of straightening my hair, I opt to blow dry it for more volumuous look. Here are my tips for blow drying and styling your hair at home.
1. Heat Protection
Using any hair tool will cause damage to your hair, so always use a heat-protecting spray before drying. (I use TREemme Kertain Smooth from drugstore.)
2. Section Your Hair
Always break your hair up in sections so that the heat goes to the hairs you are styling, while others don’t fly everywhere and get tangled. My hairstylist recommends starting with the top layers and bangs because your arms get tired towards the end and these are the sections everyone sees. Style your bangs on top layers, and then I clip up my hair and start from the bottom, releasing layers of wet hair on top as I go.
3. Use The Nozzle
Make sure you always use the concentrator nozzle that comes with your hair dyer. It helps direct the air and make it smooth and straight. Use a roll brush ( a boar bristle brush) and start with closet to the roots. Point the nozzle down and slowing pull the hair straight while rolling the ends. You can also go over the end upwards for a flip or roll the brush sideways for loose bounce.
4. Use Oil To Finish
Once your hair is dry and bouncy, apply an oil serum or spray to the ends for added shine and moisture. I used to always avoid this because I hate a greedy look, but oils help contain frizz and decreases dryness. Apply a small drop in your hand and smooch your hands together. Brush your fingers in your ends and work your way you. Avoid your roots. (I use Organix Moroccan Argan Oil $7 local drugstores) This step will also keep your blowout last longer.
After getting my hair styled at the salon:
Christmas Eve blowout from home:
[PHOTO CREDIT: eiko/ Flickr]