Ever since I changed my hairstyle, more and more often, I’ve been wearing my hair straight. One reason is that it’s much easier for me to manage shorter hair. Before I got a lob, it could easily take me an hour to go through my long, tangled hair and straighten it. These days, the whole process takes 15 minutes at most. Oh, I almost forgot to mention, my blow-dry routine is much easier since I started using products from the Fromm Beauty line (kindly provided to me by the brand for testing purposes). Read up as I’ll not only be sharing my step-by-step blow-dry strategy, but also some tips and tricks on how to make your hairstyle last.
The first thing I need to mention is that cutting your hair regularly really helps to make styling much easier. One of the main advantages of having shorter hair is that you’re forced to visit a hairdresser every few weeks for a touch up so your hair overall looks healthier. I remember how I managed to go without a haircut for about a year when my hair was much longer… Yes, it’s a very budget-friendly approach, but I’ve noticed that it’s much more difficult to take care of hair that hasn’t been cut on time, not to mention that split ends don’t look good on anyone.
Another important tip concerns how often you should wash your hair. I think many girls try to wash their hair as often as possible, but this approach simply doesn’t work for me. My hair is very thin and oily and I can never go without washing for more than two days (using my favorite dry shampoo trick on day two is a necessity!). Having said this, shorter hairstyles are much easier to wash and blow-dry more often as there is less hair to work with.
One more important moment to consider is a weekly deep-moisturizing treatment. Usually, I give my hair a treatment after taking a shower. I blow-dry my hair a little bit using the positive ions setting on my 1907 Zero7 Air Lightweight Dryer. By doing this, I open up the hair cuticles so my hair product goes deeper into the hair shaft and thus works more effectively. Some of my favorite hair masks include: amika Nourishing Mask, It’s a 10 Hair Miracle Mask, and SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Mask.
Finally, I was never a fan of layering too many products on my hair as these seem to add weight to my already heavy and oily hair. These days, instead of using a hair conditioner in the shower, I skip this step and simply apply a leave-in conditioner or a blow-dry spray on towel-dried hair. If you have breakouts around your hairline area, you might want to stop using a hair conditioner too. I’m not sure that it was the only thing that helped me with my major breakouts (facial oils is another thing to consider), but it seemed to work for me.
Okay, now we’re all set with the basics, let’s dive into my every-other-day blow-dry routine.
Step #1: Right after showering, I wrap my hair in a towel so it’s out of the way while I apply a body oil, serum, and moisturizer. Then, I leave the towel on for a few minutes while I apply makeup. That way, with no hair getting in the way, it’s easier to work on applying foundation and contouring.
Step #2: I use a piece of paper towel to remove excess moisture (my favorite brand is Bounty as it leaves no paper residue on my hair). One of the biggest mistakes I made when I was less experienced with at-home styling was to start blow-drying sopping wet hair. These days, I prefer to have my hair 60-to-70 percent dry as this makes blow-drying less damaging and much easier.
Step #3: I used to skip this step with my old dryer simply because it was a cheap, heavy device that wasn’t up to date and didn’t include a diffuser! After testing the 1907 Zero7 Air Lightweight Dryer, I realized that one possible reason my hair is always so frizzy is that I’ve never incorporated a diffusing step into my routine.
These days, I put this nozzle on for a few minutes while keeping my hairdryer on a positive ions setting. Without getting too scientific, this feature of my positive/negative ions hairdryer opens my hair cuticles and creates volume in my hair.
It’s just my personal preference, but I prefer having a hairdryer set on medium heat and low speed while using a diffuser. Usually, it takes just a few minutes to complete this step and trust me—you don’t want to skip it. It really adds volume to your hair!
I know it’s hard to believe that this technique works: I was disappointed with it too when I first tried it back in Russia years and years ago. Using a hairdryer with a diffuser felt like a triceps workout! Guess what! The technology has really moved forward and with the 1907 Zero7 Air Lightweight Dryer lightweight design, a diffuser step won’t feel like torture. For real, you need to try it!
Step #4: You probably noticed that until this step I haven’t brushed my hair yet. That’s right: to avoid ruining my hair, I leave this step until my hair is 60-to-70 percent dry. Then, I splash a bit of heat protectant in my hair or use a blow-dry spray (this time, I used amika Bombshell Blowout Spray) and then brush my hair using a 1907 Glosser Paddle Brush by Fromm.
I’d like to stop here for a moment to explain why picking the right paddle brush is essential if you’d like to have more good hair days. If you’re like me, with naturally straight fine hair that’s prone to tangling, a mixed-bristles brush is the way to go. Over the years of testing different hairbrushes, I noticed that regular plastic brushes make my hair prone to static electricity (especially during the cold season), while those with metal bristles never last as my super-tangled hair breaks these brushes in a matter of minutes. In my opinion, the best way to go is to combine the best of two worlds: a natural boar and nylon bristle brush that easily combs through hair and makes it silkier. Check out the 1907 Glosser Paddle Brush by Fromm if you’re looking for a new paddle brush. It’s exactly the type of brush I’ve been using for years (even before I started testing Fromm products).
Step #5: Separate the top part of your hair and secure it on your crown with a hair clip. Try to have your improvised bun a bit loose so your hair doesn’t get flat while you’re working on the bottom strands.
Step #6: Change the nozzle on your hair dryer to a flat one (hair stylists call these concentrators). This nozzle helps to direct airflow so you can achieve sleek, straight hairstyle. Also, change the setting on your hair dryer to negative ions. This setting allows you to seal the hair cuticles for a silky, shiny look, and helps to eliminate the frizz. Usually, I put my hair dryer on medium speed and high heat while straightening my hair.
Step #7: Using a rounded brush (I picked the 1907 Square Thermal Rounder Brush by Fromm), start wrapping the hair around it and blasting it with heat.
The most important thing here is to start brushing from the roots (not from the ends!) and then move toward the ends. By doing so, you are adding extra volume and cutting the time required for completely drying each strand of hair. Usually, I start from the hair on either side of my face and then move toward the back of my head, as these parts tend to dry quicker.
Step #8: Take the clip off the hair at the crown and start drying your hair toward the back. Start from the roots and then move toward the ends.
Step #9: Using a hairpin, part your hair the way you usually wear it. You can also use a hair comb, but I prefer a pin as it provides more precise results.
Step #10: Use a finishing spray of your choice (I used amika Un.Done Texture Spray). On an everyday basis, I prefer texturizing spray to a regular hair spray as it adds additional volume and provides an invisible, undone hold that looks so effortless and natural.
I hope you enjoyed my step-by-step tutorial and learned something new about taking care of fine, frizzy, and unruly hair. Please let me know in the comment area below if you have any questions about any of the tips mentioned in this post. Also, feel free to share your favorite blowout tips and tricks!