Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tutorial :: Hand Blow Dry


As you can probably tell from the past week's posts, I love hair that looks a bit imperfect or "lived in." I also don't know anyone who has the time of day to spend more than 15 minutes round-brush-blowdrying their own hair. And although they may be ashamed to admit it, I actually kind of love it when clients tell me they only spend 5 minutes on their hair. I know I don't spend more than 5 minutes on my own hair, so why should they? I love giving them tips on how to use those 5 minutes wisely. Now, if you have 7-10 minutes, then here's a quick blow dry tutorial for you, and if you only have 5 then do this on dry hair and it will look almost the same.

1. Split your hair into 4 sections. Down the middle and then behind your ears.

2. Twist each section so your hair is going AWAY from your face.

3. Blow dry each section focusing on your roots first (those take the longest) and then the middle to ends while keeping the hair in a twist.

4. Once most of the section is dry, loosen your twist and "cup" it with an open palm as you blow dry the rest. Keeping an open palm over the section allows the air from the blow dryer to dry the section faster.

5. Once your hair is completely dry, keep it in these 4 "ringlet" sections until they are no longer warm from the heat of the blow dryer. Cooling them is the key to your blow out maintaining it's curl and smoothness.

6. Tilt your head slightly back and shake your roots to separate the curls. Don't rake your fingers through your hair. Instead lightly massage your scalp and that will separate them enough. Think of squeezing a lemon on a hand juicer (our lovely model came up with that metaphor :). If you feel like you need to put your fingers through it, then do so with a drop of oil distributed through your fingers and you're done!

*This works on almost all hairtypes, you should even try it if you think your hair doesn't hold a curl because you might find that it will hold these waves.

** I would recommend using a bit of salt spray when your hair is wet, I find it helps your hair dry a bit faster and holds the curl better.

Images by Lauren Cooper & the lovely model Susannah.

17 comments:

rooth said...

This is genius - I'm trying it first thing tomorrow

Michael and Natalie said...

Why WHY didn't someone tell me this before?!

Nadia said...

The time I spend on my hair has been shrinking during the past few years...I can see why mamas cut their hair. But even if I get to a point where I no longer have time for it don't let me cut my hair :) I like this tutorial helps me think there's still hope for a mama with a full house.

Rachel said...

I did this today and love it. Thanks for the great tips!

Chelsea said...

This is so great! I am a very impatient person and hate doing hair so this is wonderful! Thank you!

Caroline said...

i tried this today and it took longer than expected. Maybe I kept the curls too tight when I was blowdrying but when I let them down they were still damp and didn't hold the wave that well. I like the slight wave I got so I will def be trying this again! Thanks!!

rubi said...

Caroline,

You're exactly right, it sounds like you kept the curls too tight while blow drying so the air couldn't flow through and dry them as quickly as it should have. Try loosening your grip a little and drying your roots really well too. The wave will hold better if you dry it in completely. Good luck!

Caroline said...

Hi Rubi,

Thanks for your reply. I tried it again holding the curls looser and it worked a lot better. I also figured out that blow drying it for about a minute or so before I started also helped.

Jenny | Aubrey Road said...

worked like a charm. thanks!

Amy said...

Tried this today (didn't even let my hair dry all the way) and ended up with RINGLETS! My hair is very wavy/slightly curly in spots so maybe that's why. It was pretty, but a bit more princess-y than rocker. Next time I'm going to let my hair air dry for a while before starting the twists, because I loved how easy this is - and how smooth my hair was.

Eleni said...

Looks easy and quick- perfect! I'm gonna try this asap =) Thanks!

bashley said...

I also tried this and I think I am holding the ringlets too tight like Caroline did so I will try holder them a little looser. I have frizzy curly hair so I think I'm just scared of letting them go too loose and ending up with frizzy hair.

rubi said...

bashley,
if you smooth the ringlets with your hands as you blow dry them with hot air, that should take care of the frizz.

jeni said...

I had this pinned on Pinterest, and then my hairstylist blew my hair out this way! Just totally to experiment!

Laura Eliza said...

Tried this on my crazy curly hair... it ended up a little more curly than I wanted, but far more loose than it usually is! After reading the comments I think I held the twists too tight as well, so I am looking forward to experimenting more with it!

Shira B. said...

Sad to say that this took me a lot longer than 10 minutes! This is just because I am a total novice. My results are all right--different from normal--though not blow-out smooth. One big problem I am encountering is with my blow dryer. I bought a pretty high-powered one that is a little more "advanced" -- my hairdresser could probably get amazing results with it, but it is high powered and high heat and I get a lot of flyaways, etc. while working with it. I don't know if you're still monitoring this post, but if you had any suggestions for doing blowouts like this particularly for a beginner with a high-powered blowdryer, I would be so grateful! I keep thinking maybe I should switch back to my very basic, low power Conair or something, but it seems silly not to use this nice machine now that I have it.

angel smith said...

Great tips, I just learn how to use blowdryer to curl your hair without using curly iron, however Hair drying is the most damaging part of any hair regimen. Heat wreaks havoc on waves and has both short and long term negative effects, so we should very careful about using it. Love from uniqueofsheffield.com- brazilian blow dry sheffield

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