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It’s difficult to imagine how women ever coped with not having blow dryers and all the other electrically-heated styling tools for hair that are abundant for hair fashionistas today. First of all, until electrical wiring became a commonplace component of average American homes, any styling tools requiring heating had to be heated in a fire or on a wood or coal stove, meaning possible sooty hair and hot, hot handling. Once we had electricity, it would still be a significant period of time until anything resembling the blow dryers and flat irons in use today would be mainstreamed. All the forms of forced hair drying had to include a secondary styling measure, or your hair would look like a sad disaster. For many, that second stage involved ironing your hair on a regular ironing board with a clothes iron, which produced less than stellar results.
The Early Prototype
The first handheld hair dryers were bulky and heavy, weighing over 2 lbs, and made of metal. These came out around 1915, but did not do as well as previously imagined, mainly due to a high volume of deaths by electrocution and all sorts of accidents from the dryers overheating. The first blow dryers in America were patented in 1911, and were anything but handheld, featuring a large hood. Today, both hooded and bonnet dryers are still in use, but both lack the styling precision capabilities of a lightweight, handheld blow dryer, which is why you don’t see them being used that often.
Blow-drying your hair doesn’t have to leave your dryer-wielding arm and hand aching, tired and sore. While you really need to hold the dryer in your hand for proper angling, in all the effects that come in during the time when your hair is semi-dry or almost all-dry, With a convenient hair dryer stand, you can use both hands to work on drying your hair without even touching the dryer. There are different styles, and most come with adjustable heights that are designed to sit on the countertop, with quick-release, for switching off between handheld and stand held. Most girls love the whole hands-free thing with a stand, as they get more control over the round brush and flat brush styling effects with both hands.
Divvying up the Tips
A good way to list the top styling tips using a blow dryer is from the standpoint of hair length, so from short to long, here’s the skinny:
- Begin with wet, freshly shampooed hair that has been towel-dried. Your best brush? A flat, boar-hair and nylon bristle blend for enough grab of shorter tresses.
- Apply your go-to leave-in heat styling protectant–starting about 1.5 to 2 inches from the roots..
- Section off the top hair and clip. With the dryer pointing downward, brush with a flat brush in combo with the dryer to sweep the hair at the back forward, more or less from an imaginary center line and the hair to the right, brushing forward right–hair to the left, forward left. This will prevent puffiness, which you do not want for this section. Work the same direction on each side–forward.
- Time to unclip just the front top section to focus on your bangs first. Smooth them using the brush, first from the right side, and then from the left.
- Next, unclip the remaining top section. Dry this top hair backward and toward your crown until dry.
- For a perfect finish, work a little bead-sized drop of pomade between your fingers, and distribute evenly while pulling strands between your fingers, and out to the ends for a great piecey effect.
- Side-part or go messy bed-head.
- Begin drying your freshly shampooed and towel-dried hair while using a round boar hair and nylon bristle blend. You get a great body without the frizz. Look for a ceramic hot round brush.
- First step? Volumizer to the roots, while hair is still wet, will add body. Apply a trace amount of your favorite leave-in conditioner at the ends.
- Begin drying with your bangs first, with a large round brush. Angle them straight out from your forehead with the dryer pointed right at the brush while slowly pulling the brush out to the ends. Repeat till dry.
- Move on to the rest of your hair, drying while tousling with your fingertips till almost dry completely. Section off the top part and clip.
- Dry the sides by pulling the brush tautly and pointing the dryer’s nozzle at the brush as you move outward.
- Unclip the top and treat as one full chunk, together. Pointing the dryer up, pull up on this hair with the brush while drying. This provides excellent lift.
- Blow-drying doesn’t have to damage your longer length, with the proper protocol. The go-to brush for longer tresses will be a medium to large ceramic-core round brush with fine, nylon bristles.
- Apply some hair-loving shine solution and blow dry your hair until almost all the moisture is gone.
- Begin by sectioning into top, two sides and back, and securing with clips.
- Start with the back section. Wind smaller sections of the back starting at the scalp and out to the ends on your round brush and pointing the air flow onto the brush as you dry.
- As you unravel each strand from the brush, rotate the brush to let the hair curl onto itself, into a loose ringlet.
- Repeat on each side, and finish with the top section. Dry fully.
- Flip your head over and using a texturizing spray, mist the underside. Tousle hair and give a little massage at the roots. Flip back and loosely run your fingers through for a piecey look.