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Whether you fancy getting dolled up for no reason or you’re planning a special zoom-event in lockdown, a blow-dry is always a good choice. However, it’s easy to get yourself in a fuss when attempting to blow-dry your locks. Your hair never seems to look as smooth and bouncy when you do it yourself. Don’t worry, Express.co.uk chatted to Rachel Burgin, Hair Stylist and Founder of Routes Extensions to find out how to achieve a professional-looking blow-dry at home in five steps.
There are plenty of expensive blow-dry tools on the market at the moment, but you don’t need to break the bank to look fabulous.
Hair Stylist Rachel reckons you can get a professional-looking blow-dry at home with the right brush, as long as you nail the technique.
Rachel said: “When it comes to getting that salon blow-dried look at home, it’s all about the technique and the brush.
“There’s no need to melt your credit cards on a bunch of expensive salon products.
“Whether you want a big bouncy blow or soft curls – all you need is some patience and the perfect styling brush.”
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How to blow dry your own hair
The first step to a brilliant blow-dry is of course drying your hair.
It sounds simple, but you can easily mess this bit up.
Rachel said: “After you have washed your hair pat dry with a towel – never rub it as this will split and break hair as well as cause tangling.
“Then, blast dry your hair using a medium heat on your hairdryer making sure you don’t go too close to the head) until the hair feels almost dry.”
You can’t blow dry your entire head of hair at once, you’ll need to section it in four parts.
Start with the bottom of your head and work your way up.
Rachel said: “Clip all but the nape of your hair up leaving the bottom section down ready for the magic- you’re going to work bottom up in your sections.”
Next, do the middle back section followed by the sides and upper back of your hair.
The last portion will be the top of your hair, including your crown, parting and fringe.
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The third step is the most complicated so you may need to practise this a few times.
You’ll need a round styling brush – Rachel recommends the Routes XL ionic style brush which is £18.00 because it promises to blow dry your hair in 20 percent less time than a regular styling brush.
Rachel said: “Place the barrel under the roots of the hair.
“With your dryer on a medium heat start to lift your hair up with the brush.
“To avoid frizzing and static make sure you point your dryer the same way the hair is going – your hair and dryer should all be pointed upwards and outwards to a north east position.
“Once that section is dry roll your section of hair up with the ionic brush from ends to root (as if the brush was a hair roller) now blast the rolled-up hair with a cold setting on your dryer, in the salon this is known as setting.
“Then hold still for a few seconds and gently release without brushing out and spritz with your favourite setting spray (I like Schwarzkopf got2b).”
Once you’ve done the first section, you can move on to the other three sections.
Rachel said: “Move through the other three sections exactly the same.
“At the end, spritz with hairspray one last time and then comb out with a wide tooth comb or fingers.”
You can leave your hair exactly how it is, or make it look even more glam.
Rachel said: “If you want to go for the full Hollywood look after blow-drying go back to the same sections and at each section clip in a strip of hair extensions.”
Rachel recommends Routes Too Good To Be True Fibre Hair which starts at £25 because it looks and feels just like human hair but at 10 percent of the price.
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