Salon-worthy hair can be yours
Nothing rivals that feeling you get when you skip out the hairdressers after a blowdry. However with the right tools, it is possible to recreate that bouncy, glossy style at home. First things first, you’re going to need a quality hairdryer.
The range of hairdryers on the market is slightly mind boggling (from the Dyson supersonic hairdryer to the trusty Babyliss hairdryer) so to help us on our quest to find the perfect one, we quizzed Sam Burnett, Owner & Creative Director of London’s Hare & Bone salon. Here, we quizzed him about what to look for when buying a hairdryer, as well as his top tips for achieving that salon-worthy ‘do. Call it your 'best hairdryer 2017' guide.
What is the minimum wattage you should look for when buying a hairdryer?
The minimum wattage I recommend is 1800 W as anything below this will struggle to give you the power you need for a successful blow dry. Most professional hair stylists will use a hairdryer with watt ranging from 2100w to 3600w.
Is it important to have a cool setting on your hairdryer?
The cool setting is a great tool that is often overlooked. It can be used to speed up setting a bouncy blow dry. It is also fantastic for breathing life into a straight finish – simply blast the cool air through the mid lengths and ends. Bouncy or curly styles will benefit from cold air being blasted on the roots to loosen up the style and create movement and a more lived-in look, a great way to ensure your style has a modern laidback finish.
The cold air setting can also be used to effectively spread anti-humidity, shine or hair sprays through the hair offering different finishes, textures and results.
Do you need a hairdryer with ionic technology?
Yes! Hairdryers with ionic technology are the ones used by hairdressers, so to stand a chance at achieving a salon standard blow dry, it is a must have. The negative ions dispensed by the hairdryer work with the H20 on your damp hair speeding up the drying process, and this in turn gives you healthier and shinier hair.
Can you explain which nozzle we should be using for what?
No nozzle: this is best for hair that is naturally smooth and sleek and achieves a natural result with texture and body.
Large nozzle: this is best for medium-thick hair that needs controlling and for big bouncy blow outs
Small nozzle: this is best for thick, frizzy or curly hair which you can blow smooth and/or straight. Diffuser: this is another option for wavy hair and curls. Best used on a slow spread setting, it will encourage curls to bunch together and give you more bounce and less frizz.
Is it worth investing in an expensive hairdryer?
Yes. Low budget dryers might not use up-to-date ionic technology so this will slow down the blow-drying time and limit the control you have. They also often have nozzles that are too wide making it impossible to control fly always.
What are your top tips for creating a salon-worthy blow-dry at home?
Always angle your hair dryer down the hair shaft even when you want to create body. This action smoothes hair cuticles giving you healthier and shinier hair.
Be careful not to let the nozzle touch your hair. Hold it a few millimeters away to protect your hair from damage and breakage, plus you will get a smoother result that lasts longer.
Invest in a good quality dryer, heated styling tools and the right styling products and remember hair health should be your main priority. Healthy hair is easy hair!
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