How to Straighten Hair with a Blow-Dryer
Have you ever wondered if you could straighten your hair with your hair dryer? This thought may have come into your head because you do not have a regular hair straightener or because the one you have is faulty. The good news here is that you can straighten your hair using your blow dryer and it is a straightforward process.
Here are the steps on how to use a hair dryer to straighten your hair:
Wash and condition your hair
You should start with clean, just washed hair. Using a moisturising shampoo would be better so that the hair dryer does not dry out your hair. After washing your hair, apply a generous amount of shampoo and allow it to set in for a bit before rinsing it out.
Towel dry your hair
The best towel for drying your hair is the microfiber towel, not your regular bath towel. Use the microfiber towel to squeeze water out from your hair gently. Do not rub your hair roughly as that would only create more frizz or tangles in your hair. Try not to squeeze your hair completely dry as you will need your hair to be damp to get the best straightening effect with your hair dryer.
Section your hair
The next step is to section your hair preferably into three parts – two at the front and the third at the back. However, if four sections work better for you, you can also use that. Hold the sections in place with hair clips or bands.
Apply some heat protectant
You are likely going to spend more time when you are using the hair dryer to straighten your hair than the average time you use when you want to dry your hair. So, it is expected that your hair would have longer exposure to heat. Thus, it is essential for you not to miss this step. Apply the heat protectant to each section. Applying the heat protectant to your hair as a whole is not advisable because it may not cover everywhere. That is why it is best used when you have already put your hair in sections.
Get your straightening cream/gel ready
That is not compulsory, but if your hair does not get straight quickly, you may need a straightening product to help you get the best outcome. Make sure you do not use too much product at a time as it would weigh down your hair and you would not be able to achieve the desired straight hair.
Begin to work small chunks of hair
That is where the real work begins so you should pay attention to the guidelines:
Apply a hair spray for extra hold
After you have covered the whole head of hair, you can apply a hair spray to keep your hair straightened for a more extended period. You should avoid hairsprays that contain silicon as that would end up giving you residue on your scalp.
Benefits of using your hair dryer to straighten hair
As much as you might be excited to about using your best hair dryer to get a lovely straightened hair, you should not overdo it. You should try to space the time in between each hair straightening, and after each process, you should nourish your hair with moisture and oils to restore the ones that have been lost.
It is essential to exercise caution when using an electric tool. Thus, ensure that your hair dryer does not have any exposed elements that can shock you on touch. It would be best if you also waited for the hair dryer to cool off completely before storing it away until your next use.