A leading hairdresser has given his top tips on how to recreate a professional blow-dry at home without spending a penny.
London-based stylist Michael Van Clarke, who has worked in the industry for 25 years, told Femail how the key is not to overdry the hair and to let the ends dry on naturally to avoid damage.
He also revealed the best way to hold your tools, and what brushes will guarantee the best results.
London-based stylist Michael Van Clarke, who has worked in the industry for 25 years, told Femail how the key is not to overdry the hair and to let the ends dry on naturally to avoid damage. A hair model is seen before her blow dry by Michael
His main tips are to find the best equipment for the hairstyle you want to achieve and not to overdry. Michael’s hair model is seen after her blow dry
Michael also revealed the best way to hold your tools, and what brushes will guarantee the best results
1. Right Equipment
The first step to create the perfect blow-dry is to find the right equipment for your hair.
‘Use the right equipment for your hair and the style you want,’ Michael said.
‘Flat brushes and round brushes with short sparse bristles are easier to use but don’t give the same control,’ he added.
‘If you need to properly smooth wavy or frizzy hair a quality round bristle brush is best,’ he added.
2. Don’t use the nozzle
The hairstylist said not to worry about using the hair dryer’s nozzle, seen being held with the nozzle, unless you you thick wavy hair
Michael explained you don’t always have to use the blow dry’s nozzle.
‘Bin the nozzle unless you have thick wavy hair that needs blow drying smooth quickly,’ he said.
‘They over concentrate the heat and cause more hair damage than anything else,’ he added.
3. Wash and comb
Michael said to comb thoroughly after washing your hair, and to then to release the roots and then combing up and back at 45 degrees from the hairline
‘After washing, comb through thoroughly to take out tangles and then release the roots by combing up and back at 45 degrees from the hairline,’ he explained.
4. Prepare well
One of Michael’s top tips is to use a diffuser to get rid of excess water in the hair, however, he said not to dry the hair completely
‘Preparation is the most important step to take the hair closer to the finished result before brushwork,’ Michael said.
One of his tips was to use a diffuser in order to get rid of some of hair’s excess water.
‘Use a diffuser to prepare the hair taking out 85 percent of excess water. Lift roots into shape prepare mid-lengths and ends,’ he said.
5. Don’t waste time
Time is short, and Michael said to focus most of the hair’s important side, such as the front of the face
‘Use the time you have on the most important parts. The hairline sections around the face are the most important followed by the tips of the hair, then the top layer,’ Michael said.
‘Least important is the underneath section of the back. So if you’re short of time don’t waste it on the bits no one sees,’ he added.
6. Be clean
In order to work neatly, Michael said to divide the hair into sections no wider than the brush and to keep the rest of the hair out of the way
‘Work cleanly. Take neat sections no wider than the brush and keep the rest of the hair out of the way.
‘Slant sections downwards around the hairline,’ Michael explained.
7. Lift sections of hair at a tangent
Michael said to lift the hair at a tangent from the hairline to have proper control of your roots (pictured)
Elevating the section at a tangent will eliminate snagging, and will give you control without painful pulling, he explained
‘Lift sections high at a tangent to the scalp so you have proper control of the roots. This will eliminate snagging and give tension control without painful pulling,’ Michael explained.
8. Maintain a safe distance between the hair and nozzle
One secret to a good blow-dry is not to over dry the hair, but to let some of it dry on its own, it order not to damage it
‘Keep a one inch gap between the hair and the nozzle,’ Michael said.
9. Keep it in line
Michael explained it was best to keep the hair dry one inch away from the hair, and to keep the nozzle in line with the hair, pointing towards ends
‘Keep the dryer nozzle in line with hair and pointing towards ends,’ he went on.
10. Don’t overdry
Keeping drying hair that’s already dry will damage the hair. If you’ve made a mistake, wet the hair and start the section over
‘Do not over dry the section,’ he said.
‘If it isn’t right, damp it and start again. All the damage is done when continuing to blow dry hair that’s already dry,’ he added.
‘This goes beyond taking out excess water and strips the hairs own innate moisture leading to thinner brittle hair that eventually splits and breaks. Dry to 98 percent and let it air dry the rest of the way,’ he explained.
11. For curly hair
For people with curly hair, Michael said to keep the section tight and close when you take the brush away
Michael had a special tip for people with curly hair.
‘If blow drying curly hair straight keep the section tight, closed and in position when you take the brush away,’ he said.
‘This will limit the hair absorbing surrounding moisture whilst you move onto the next section,’ he added.
12. Finishing blast
One good blast to finish off the blow-dry will give it a more natural look, as well as blend section of hair together
‘Give a good blast at the end on medium heat to fully dry, give a more natural feel and blend the sections,’ Michael said to complete his blow dry.