Round Brush Blow Dry Techniques
Everybody loves a beautiful blowout. No matter what hair type you have, a blow out is an excellent way to make you feel fabulous. You may not have the time or the budget to go to the salon every week for a good blow out, and attempting to use a round brush at home can intimidating. By the end of this article, you will be ready to slay your home round brush blowouts in no time!
Blow Out Method for Kinky-Curly Hair
Blow drying kinky curly hair is different than blow drying straight or wavy hair because of the tight curl pattern and densely packed strands. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can dry the hair before it even becomes straight, or cause breakage and pain. The foundation and condition of your hair are so essential when blow drying! It's imperative to ensure your hair is freshly shampooed, conditioned, or hydrated with a hair mask before blow-drying to allow your hair to stretch without breaking. Two great prep products to use are Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie. This due has blends of moisturizing ingredients such as hydrolyzed proteins and plant extracts such as rosemary, soy protein, aloe leaf, sunflower oil, and more. Use these steps to suitably round brush your hair.
Keep it Protected!
Apply a moisturizing heat protectant to your hair before styling. I recommend Aveda Brilliant Damage Control leave-in treatment. After applying Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep to add another layer of heat protectant and provide a smooth surface. Lastly, Aveda Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Crème is excellent to fight frizz during blow drying and moisturizes the hair with botanicals and shea butter. Aveda Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Creme works on wet hair to set and dry hair to smooth! Part your hair into four quadrants or sections. Start in the back, and part a small section shorter in width than your round brush. Place the round brush under the section. Turn your blow dryer on a medium heat setting and fast speed to blow dry without drying the hair out. Pull upwards with the brush and follow the brush with your blow dryer. Be sure to always use a concentrator nozzle on your blow drying when round brushing. Remove all moisture from the hair before completing each section. Focus on drying the roots, the middle, and then the ends last. You may see steam emerge from your hair; this is normal and is just the moisture drying and setting your hair. Make sure there is enough tension being created by the brush as the blow-dryer follows the brush down the length of your hair. The tension is what gets the hair straight and smooth. Certain hair textures may not keep completely straight, especially when blow-drying at home. If your hair does not come out entirely straight or sleek, this is perfectly fine, just use your flat iron to add a few curls or bump the ends, and you’re all set to slay the day!
Round Brushing for Straight & Wavy Hair
Even though your hair may be a looser texture, the products and technique you use are still essential to avoid getting a frizzy mess. Once again the foundation is fundamental! Be sure to shampoo and condition your hair with a moisture-rich duo like Redken All Soft to allow your hair to stretch during the process. You always want to prep your hair with a style prep. I recommend Aveda Smooth Infusion Style prep to create a smooth surface and combat frizz. Pre-dry your hair by blowing in downward motions to dry about 60% of your hair. Pre-drying will save you tons of time during the round brush process. If you like extra volume, now would be the time to add your volumizer like Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep. Section a medium sized section in the back of your head. Create a subsection that is smaller than the width of your round brush. Place the round brush underneath that section of hair, pull outwards the downwards, while simultaneously following the round brush with your blow dryer. Repeat this motion until the hair is 100% dry, Keep the nozzle facing downwards to close the cuticle and create shine. To add volume at the top of your head, start by placing the round brush underneath the subsection, pulling downwards and following the brush with your blow dryer. Then, flip the hair over the brush and blow the roots upwards. Repeat these two steps until the hair is 100% dry. Blow dry the hair in the crown of your head forward so when you flip your hair back, there is high volume. Remember, whenever you want extra volume, just blow dry your hair in the opposite direction than where you are going to lay it. For extra bouncy hair, clip the hair in a round “C” shape after the round brush it. This method allows the hair to cool and set in its shape. Make sure the hair is completely cool before you take it down, or else the curl with fall.
Round Brush Tools
Now that you’ve got the technique down, it is time to upgrade your tools! It doesn’t matter what technique you use; if your tools are not quality, you blowout will never come out right. Always use a blow dryer that is ionic and is at least 1875 watts. I recommend Berta 1875W Ceramic Ionic Hair Dryer. The negative ions and ceramic technology guarantee a smooth, shiny finish. This blow dryer is only about $40 on Amazon but has such a great value. A quality round brush ensures fewer tangles and snags and also provides a sleeker finish. Olivia Garden Nano Thermic Ceramic Ion Brush is a popular pick because they are easy to find at Ulta, and are a quality brush. With a Ceramic interior, this round brush sets curls into any hair texture with ease. It encourages shine and fights frizz. Always try to pick a round brush that had bristles and metal picks. This combination will allow for proper tension and curl formation. Lastly, you have to practice! If you are someone that washes your hair, throw it in a bun and go, then you are more than likely not going to get this perfect for the first time. With practice, you will become comfortable holding a round brush, and you will slay blow drying your hair. Good luck loves!