The Best Way To Blow Dry Fine Hair To Achieve More Volume

Fine hair is one of the most difficult textures to blow dry and create a sense of volume. If you have fine hair, you know exactly what I’m talking about. My fine-haired friends, you don’t have to worry about lifeless and limp hair anymore! In this video tutorial you will learn a blow drying technique that will plump up the hair shaft, creating maximum volume where you need it most – at the roots -then you’ll learn how to finish with your blow dryer and a round brush to achieve beautiful volume with a smooth and polished finish. Let’s get started.

Step 1: Take The Nozzle Off

Fine hair needs to be roughed up. While your hair is still damp, remove the nozzle from your blow dryer and rough dry or “blast dry” your fine hair without using a brush. Removing the nozzle will cause the hair shaft to fatten up and since the hair cuticle is expanding…we are adding volume and texture! Continue to blast dry the hair until your hair is approximately 80% dry.

Step 2: Apply Your Styling Product(s)

After your hair is about 80% dry, we recommend using Redken’s Aerate 08 All-Over Bodifying Cream Mousse to add in extra volume. Apply the product from back to front, where there is more mass of hair, creating a less weighted down finish.

Step 3: Blow Dry With The Nozzle On To Finish

Now you’re ready to finish you blow dry. Place the concentrator nozzle back on your dryer, pick up your thermal round brush (excellent for fine hair) and finish setting the volume in your crown area. Continue to round brush until your hair is completely dry.

Once you finish blow drying pick up your Sam Villa Sleekr® Straightening Iron to add incredible shine and polish your ends! Finally, set your hairstyle with Redken’s Quick Dry 18 Instant Finishing Hair Spray. This hairspray will keep you looking good all day long without weighing your hair down!

Watch the video for a full demonstration and please leave your comment in the box below.

The perfect blow dry is the cherry on top of a killer haircut. It’s that last little something that makes you feel like a rock star when you’re walking out of the salon with soft, thick, perfectly styled hair. (We know you’re secretly pretending you’re in a hair product commercial, fess up.) But then you get home…and the magic sort of ends. Mostly because that salon-quality blow dry is a difficult one to pull off at home. More often than not, you end up with a flat, frizzy mess when you’re done – and that’s not such a cute look for the rock star you clearly are.

Never fear, there is a way to master the at-home blow dry! Celebrity stylist Peter Butler is demonstrating for us the technique that is going to get you that flawless, salon blowout every single day. This method is going to minimize that unattractive frizz and maximize that superstar volume you crave.

It seems too good to be true, right? Surprisingly, this is an easy technique that anyone can do right at home! All you need are a few basic supplies to get you going.


  • Wide-Tooth Comb
  • Spray Bottle of Water
  • Hair Clips
  • Blow Dryer
  • Narrow Dryer Attachment
  • Paddle Brush
  • Round Brush


  1. Start by dampening your hair. If you’re doing this right out of the shower, you’re good to go. If you’re reviving dry hair, wet your locks with a spray bottle of water; this will help your hair start fresh.
  2. Section off your hair using large hair clips. The part of your hair you want to isolate is the front, crown area (think around your bangs) because this is where you’re going to get that amazing volume. Refinery29
  3. Split the bottom layer of your hair into two sections, one on each side of your head.
  4. Take a wide tooth comb and brush through the first section to nix any tangles before the blow dry.
  5. Grab your blow dryer (Peter uses a Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q blow dryer for $120, available at Ulta) and make sure the narrow attachment is in place. This attachment helps to concentrate the air from the blow dryer so that your hair becomes less ruffled and therefore less frizzy. Start with a rough blow dry; this basically means blow drying your hair with your fingers as a “brush.” This helps to take some of the moisture out of your hair before you get started with an actual brush. Refinery29
  6. Work your paddle brush through your hair to really get some drying done. Move the hair gently with the brush; if you yank the damp hair too hard, you could break it.
  7. When the hair is 3/4 of the way dry, split the hair in half. Take one half, roll the ends of your hair around your round brush, and apply the heat of the blow dryer right on the ends. Turn off the dryer and let the ends cool for a minute. Heat the ends up again with the blow dryer. Let the ends cool one last time before rolling the hair out. Refinery29
  8. Repeat on the other half of hair. Remember, your brush is acting as a heat conductor for the ends of your hair, so try blow drying from the top of the curl.
  9. Repeat steps 1-8 on the other side of your hair.
  10. Go into your crown section, starting in the back. Add some thickening spray (Peter uses TIGI Bed Head Superstar Queen for a Day Thickening Spray for $17.50, available at Ulta) on the roots for that extra boost of volume. Hold your hair in the paddle brush and blow dry the roots to really get that thickening spray into your hair.
  11. For the front of your crown, blow dry your roots FIRST before adding your thickening spray. Finish by brushing the front of your crown out and styling the front of your hair as you prefer.

Once you get the hang of this technique, that Insta-worthy hair is achievable any day you want it. Which, let’s face it, is most days.

Here’s a couple more pro tips to get you a super polished look:

  • You don’t have to hold a blow dryer by its’ handle! Feel free to hold it closer to the nozzle for more control.
  • Similarly, make sure to always point the nozzle down to reduce frizz and flyaways.
  • If you’re bad at sectioning, tie your hair off into ponytails for easy blow drying.
  • Don’t be afraid of thickening product! It’s going to give you that extra oomph to give you that heading downtown look.

Thanks to Refinery29 for this great video!

What do you think of this blow drying technique? Will you be trying these tips and tricks to get a flawless blowout at home? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

This is a sponsored post, paid for by our friends over at Refinery29.

Turns out, I’ve been blowdrying my hair all wrong—and not only does it not look as good as it could, but I’ve been damaging it. I was recently at my friend Janine Jarman’s salon (Hairroin Los Angeles), complaining about how I can never make my hair look good on my own, and convinced that I’ll never learn, when she handed me the blow dryer and a brush and said “show me how you do it.” I did and she, horrified, said “I see…yeah. That is all wrong and now I understand why your hair is so damaged.”

She was actually relieved because this is a problem that we can solve.

To be fair my hair is a challenge and even she admits that. I used to have great long, natural looking blonde hair. Then I had two kids and proceeded to bleach and chop it and it’s never been the same. It’s curly (therefore frizzy and fuzzy) and broken (so I have to be gentle with it) and it’s actually only shoulder length so while I try to grow it out, I have extensions. It’s also naturally blonde, therefore fine. All of this makes it VERY hard for me to blow it out. The extensions are long and straight, my hair is short and curly. It’s awesome.

So to be clear, yes, I was doing it all wrong, but my hair is absolutely a challenge.

Here’s what I was doing wrong:

  1. I was not using product, did not have the right brush or the right hairdryer (my good one broke a while ago and so Brian picked this cheap guy up at the drugstore).
  2. I was blowing the wrong direction, therefore opening up my cuticle and CREATING frizz.
  3. I was putting the dryer far too close to my hair while it was still really wet (more frizz and damage).
  4. I had no real order and started in the wrong place.
  5. I was doing it WAY too fast, creating more frizz.

Here’s what it looked like “before” when I was done. I mean, I don’t think it looks that bad, honestly, but does it look like I just stepped out of a salon? Uh, no. It was still a little wavy, a little frizzy, not that shiny. Good enough for everyday life, but yeah, nowhere near what a pro could do.

So yeah, the finished product, as you can see, is not great. Let’s move on to how you are SUPPOSED to do it:

1. First, towel dry as much as possible. There is no reason to damage your hair by going straight to the blow dryer with soaking wet hair. I hear that this hair towel is great and apparently reduces drying time 50%. (When Arlyn was reading through, she said she actually had that towel, and it indeed made her hair dry faster…though she said maybe by like 30% but she liked it because it was felt light and not like a big lumpy heavy towel that was always flopping around on the top of her head).

2. Next, you want to protect your hair with a product. It’s not like I haven’t tried this but I honestly didn’t know what do use for my hair, how much of it to use and at what point to put it in??? Janine gave me just a few sprays of invisible oil primer and told me to work it all throughout the hair, evenly, while it is still damp. If you have hair like mine, using something that is heat protective is key. It will act as an SPF for your hair, and protect it from the sun and heat (and reduce frizz). I hate my hair feeling product heavy so at first, I resisted, but using this stuff really made a difference and my hair did not feel weighed down by product at all.

3. Use a gentle wet brush to brush out your hair. I was just using my other bristle brush and not being NEARLY as gentle as I should be. She recommended this one.

4. Then we added a quarter-sized amount of conditioning straightening balm and applied it evenly throughout my hair (avoiding the scalp, because it will get greasy).

5. First big thing I learned: You HAVE to start with bangs. Why? Because they are the most important part and it’s best to do them at the beginning before your arms are tired, while you still have the patience and before they get too dry and frizzy. She recommended using this brush, then pull the bangs to one side and blow dry pointing the blow dryer down. Repeat the same motion on the other side.

6. For my hair, Janine told me to do a flat wrap where you use the forehead to help shape and bend bangs. When bangs are almost dry, use a large metal brush, which acts as a curling tool, and pull bangs forward in a circular motion for volume.

7. Before going into sections, rake through hair using hands and blow dry (always pointing downward) to help get rid of some more moisture so you are not spending a million years drying each section.

8. Then move to the crown using a bristle brush and roll the hair under and back using SO MUCH TENSION, while pointing the blow dryer downwards and towards the back of your head. Hot tip: Tension is the key to shiny and frizz-free hair.

9. As you go along, clip sections to cool. Janine told me to clip it like there is a pretend roller in there. This allows your hair to cool down in that smooth shape.

To be honest this is where I started to get REALLY ready for this to be over. It’s so much work and as Janine kept telling me “it’s not a race,” but I just wanted to be done. My arms were tired. I was tired. But I get it. If I take the time, a blowout can last 3 to 4 days so that 1/2 hour to 40 minutes it takes to do it properly is WORTH IT.

10. Once you give yourself a pep talk to keep going (you’ve got this), move to the side sections of your hair, making your way from front to back. We used the big boar bristle roller brush for smoothness, and then moved to the metal brush to add more style, curl and movement. Angle the brush tool the direction you want your hair to go (if you want your hair down and smooth, the brush will need to be curled under your hair, as opposed to just lose like in the top right photo above).

11. Repeat for the rest of the sections of your hair. Hot tip: the sections you work with should not be bigger than the tool you are using.

To give my hair a little movement, my normal routine is to add some curl with a curling iron until it looks nice and voluminous (I did this even when I was doing everything else so. wrong.) so that’s what we did here at the end. The finished product is a lot shinier, smoother and healthier looking. And look, NO FRIZZ. You may notice the exhaustion behind my eyes from the effort, but okay fine, it was worth it.

In case you forgot what MY technique looks like next to Janine’s expert advice, here’s a side by side of the first finished job next to the new and improved blowout:

I kept saying to everyone in the office “are you sure the before is bad enough?” and they all would politely just laugh and say “yeah, it’s convincing.”

So, what do you guys think? Did I succeed? Have I just become a woman who knows how to blow out her hair? I think so.

UPDATE!! We just put up a video of the process, so go check it out if the photos aren’t doing it for you.

A HUGE thank you to Janine for taking the time to show me the tricks of the trade. She is the best and you can check out her salon here and shop ALL the products we used here (Janine was nice enough to extend a 20% discount with code “emstyled” for the full kit through the month of April. You’ll also get a free travel size product with any order).

Happy Saturday, folks. xx

***photography by Veronica Crawford for EHD

3 Ways To Blow Dry Hair To Achieve Various Degrees of Volume

The foundations we learned in school included the principles of setting the hair with rollers. Reach back…, do you remember what you were taught about blow drying hair with a round brush?

  • Off Base.
  • Half Off Base.
  • On Base.

These principles taught us how to achieve various degrees of volume based on the placement of the roller in relation to where it sits at various degrees from the scalp.

Let’s take a look at how these same principles relate to blow-drying the hair. Well, guess what?… They are the same! We are just using brushes instead of rollers and a blow dryer instead of a hood dryer.

Blow-dry’s can be one of the most pivotal services we perform for our guests. We can enhance or destroy a great haircut or we can “brush-a-flage” a terrible haircut into something beautiful (of course it would be someone else’s terrible haircut). To perform these works of magic we need the tools, product and the skills to do so!

Tools of Choice:

  • Sam Villa® Professional Ionic Blow Dryer w/narrow Nozzle.
    • We choose the narrow nozzle for the most concentrated air flow.
  • Sam Villa® 1” Thermal Styling Brush.
    • The diameter of the brush you choose is up to you based on the amount of curl or wave you desire for the end result – smaller brush = more curl – larger brush = less curl.
  • Small setting clips.

Product of Choice:

  • Redken guts 10 volume spray foam.
    • Why this product? Boosts the hair with flexible fullness. Lifts the base for all over volume. Creates structure with flexibility.

Now For a Brush Up On Skills…

Off Base

This placement of the brush will result in the least amount of volume off the scalp. It is the placement for today’s modern looks from approximately the occipital and below to keep the hair closer to the scalp for a sleek end result.

  • One-inch sections are taken 45 degrees BELOW 90 degrees from the head.
    • We know that 90 degrees is straight out from the head.
    • Pull the section 90 degrees from the head then drop it to 45 degrees.
  • Spray the section with Redken Guts 10 volume spray foam and evenly distribute through the section.
  • Wrap the section around the Sam Villa® 1” Thermal Brush ensuring the 45-degree angle.
    • NOTE: – Notice the amount of space between the scalp and the area where the hair begins to curve around the brush – this is the positioning for reduction of volume that you will see when the section is fully cooled and released.
  • Place the narrow nozzle on the Sam Villa® Professional Ionic Dryer.
  • Tap the dryer at the base of the section.
    • Waving the dryer will expose the cuticle and create unwanted frizz.
  • Continue to tap the base until dry.
  • Move on to the mid shaft until dry ensuring the 45-degree angle BELOW 90 degrees.
  • Move on to the ends ensuring the 45-degree angle BELOW 90 degrees.
    • Pick up the ends of the section to be sure they wrap around the brush to result in smoothness throughout the ends – especially with heavily layered hair.
  • Once the section is dry, wrap it back up to the scalp, hair in brush, following through with the dryer ensuring the 45-degree angle BELOW 90 degrees.
  • Put down the dryer, release the hair from the brush and pin to cool and set.

Half Off Base

This placement of the brush will result in a reasonable amount of volume off the scalp. It is the placement for today’s modern looks from approximately the parietal ridge to the occipital for the fullness our guests’ yearn for!

  • One-inch sections are taken 90 degrees from the head.
  • Spray the section with Redken Guts 10 volume spray foam and evenly distribute through the section.
  • Wrap the section around the Sam Villa® 1” Thermal Brush ensuring the 90-degree angle straight out from the head.
    • NOTE: – Notice the amount of space between the scalp and the area where the hair begins to curve around the brush is decreased compared to the placement Off Base.
  • Place the narrow nozzle on the Sam Villa Professional Ionic Dryer.
  • Tap the dryer at the base of the section.
  • Continue to tap the base until dry.
  • Move on to the mid shaft until dry, ensuring 90 degrees straight out from the head.
  • Move on to the ends ensuring 90 degrees straight out from the head.
    • Pick up the ends of the section to be sure they wrap around the brush to result in smoothness throughout the ends – especially with heavily layered hair.
  • Once the section is dry, wrap it back up to the scalp, hair in brush, following through with the dryer ensuring 90 degrees straight out from the head.
  • Put down the dryer, release the hair from the brush and pin to cool and set.

HOT TIP: This is also the area of the head that would benefit from the technique “Texture Volume” utilizing the Sam Villa® Textur Iron to impart even more volume – hidden volume is created by inserting the iron vertically around the head in one-inch sections.

On Base

This placement of the brush will result in maximum volume off the scalp. It is especially favorable for today’s modern looks to impart the most volume to the top of the head from the parietal ridge and above.

  • One-inch sections are taken 45 degrees ABOVE 90 degrees from the head.
    • We know that 90 degrees is straight out from the head.
    • Pull the section 90 degrees from the head and then elevate to 45 degrees above 90 degrees.
  • Spray the section with Redken Guts 10 volume spray foam and evenly distribute through the section.
  • Wrap the section around the Sam Villa® 1” Thermal Brush ensuring the 45 degree angle ABOVE 90 degrees from the head.
    • NOTE: – Notice the amount of space between the scalp and the area where the hair begins to curve around the brush – virtually none! It makes perfect sense that the 45-degree angle ABOVE 90 degrees will eliminate drag from the scalp to ensure maximum fullness.
  • Place the narrow nozzle on the Sam Villa Professional Ionic Dryer.
  • Tap the dryer at the base of the section.
  • Continue to tap the base until dry.
  • Move on to the mid shaft until dry, ensuring 45-degree angle ABOVE 90 degrees.
  • Move on to the ends ensuring 45 degree angle ABOVE 90 degrees.
    • Pick up the ends of the section to be sure they all wrap around the brush to result in smoothness throughout the ends – especially with heavily layered hair.
  • Once the section is dry, wrap it back up to the scalp, hair in brush, following through with the 45 degree angle ABOVE 90 degrees.
  • Put down the dryer, release the hair from the brush and pin to cool and set.

The cooling process is key in a blow dry as we were also taught in school with a roller set. Remember we had the guest sit and cool after removing the hood dryer from her head? The hydrogen bonds break down with water when the hair is shampooed and are reformed as the hair dries to take the shape of the roller.

The same process occurs when we blow dry. The cooling process is necessary for longevity. If we release the pins from our sections too soon and the hair is not completely cooled down, the blow dry you spent so much time on will fall quickly.

Unless your guest is in a big hurry, this time is relaxing. Add value by letting your guest know why the process is followed – that you have her best interest in mind for her blow dry to last 2-3, maybe even 4 days (depending on the hair type). This is also the time to recommend a dry shampoo for your guest to utilize at home on the second day after her visit.

Redken pillow proof two day blow dry extender: This is a style-extending dry shampoo that instantly refreshes hair and absorbs oil to extend the life of your guests’ blow-dry.

Never underestimate the power of the fundamentals we learned in school. Our creativity comes out of adapting fundamentals – experimenting on how far we can break out and put our signatures on our work. When we get stuck, we will greatly benefit by reaching back to what we learned. Those fundamentals got us to where we are today!

Click here to learn more about the Sam Villa Professional Ionic Blow Dryer.

It’s rare to find me without my curls smoothed, twisted by a curling iron into beach waves, and misted with texture spray. I love to have my hair done. A trip to the local blow-dry bar is my favorite Saturday afternoon pastime. However, at $50 a session, getting this look done by professionals on the regular is costly. So I’ve perfected my own blowout skills.

It may seem like an easy task: grab a blow-dryer, point, and blast with heat. But there is a mastery behind it. And you may be making simple mistakes that are actually hurting your hair even more than your look. Here, top pros break down the science to getting a gorgeous at-home blowout every single time and point out all the rookie mistakes that keep them in business.

1. You don’t have a great blow-dryer.

Let’s start at the very beginning: Investing in a high-quality tool is important, especially if you have a lot of hair or you’re blow-drying your hair often.

“If you have thick hair, you’re probably damaging your hair more with a cheap blow-dryer as opposed to investing in a great one that will protect your hair and blow-dry it quicker,” Kérastase celebrity stylist Jennifer Yepez tells SELF. Expensive dryers tend to come with hair-saving smart features like high power, multiple heat settings, a cool shot, and ionic air technology. The last one helps with frizz, creates shine, and minimizes blow-dry time. “The technology in ionic hair dryers helps break down water molecules faster, which makes the hair dry faster,” she adds. The less time your hair is under heat and the more control you have over the temperature, the healthier it will be.

Yepez’s favorites are the new T3 Cura Luxe ($250) and the Dyson Supersonic ($399). Expensive? Yes, but you’ll pay for it in what you save skipping just five to 10 blowouts at the salon—and they’ll last you years.

2. You’re spending too long with your hair wrapped in a towel.

“After getting out of the shower, women tend to leave their hair in the towel for like 30 minutes,” says Giovanni Vaccaro, Glasmsquad’s creative director. “A cotton-based towel causes friction on the hair, and it’s more prone to damaging the strands to the point where the hair breaks off,” he explains.

If you want to get rid of excess water, Vaccaro recommends using a microfiber towel like the Aquis or an old, clean t-shirt. And still, only spend about 10 minutes with your head wrapped up post-shampoo.

The best thing for your hair’s health is actually letting it air-dry before blow-drying. “Hair is in its most vulnerable state when wet, so allowing it to air-dry is always the healthiest option,” explains Vaccaro.

Make sure to dry your hair according to your texture. Vaccaro says that fine-to-medium hair can air-dry a bit longer, to about 80 percent dryness, whereas thicker hair should only be about 50 percent dry before blow-drying. That’s because you have a better chance of getting curly or full hair straight while it’s still a little damp.

If you have curly or wavy hair and want to enhance your natural texture, add product when it’s very wet, squeeze out the excess with your hands, and wrap it up gently in a microfiber towel or t-shirt. Once your curls stop dripping, you can start blow-drying.

3. You start in with the brush too soon.

On the opposite side of the 30-minute towel turban faux paus is taking a round brush to sopping wet hair. It’s bad form to immediately walk out of the shower and pick up your blow-dryer and round brush for a blowout. T3 celebrity stylist David Lopez suggests using a dryer to rough dry hair first. Set it to medium heat and low speed. “If hair is very wet and put on high speed, then it gets whipped around a lot,” he says. “This can cause split ends, tangles, and frizz.” Once hair is about 80 percent dry from the rough dry, then you can start sectioning it, molding it, and styling it with a round brush.

4. You forget to spray heat protectant on the back of your head.

Using the right product pre-blowout is going to save your ends from breakage and make your blowout last longer. But make sure you’re applying it correctly.

Masterclass the Perfect Blow Dry For Volume

The perfect voluminous blow dry is the look that everyone wants. Want to know how to blow dry hair with volume? It’s easier than you think to get volume at the roots and use a hairdryer to create a beautiful bouncy look. Promise.
A blow dry can define your style whether you have thick or fine hair that’s curly, wavy or straight. You can achieve a salon look from the comfort of your bedroom whenever you want. Use the right techniques and hair products and your dream blow dry will become a reality. True story.
Follow this easy masterclass from our founders Paul & Adam. Dryers at the ready? Here we go.

Pump up the volume

Great hair starts in the shower™. Starting with a good shampoo and conditioner sets you on the right track for a supersize blow dry. Try a volumising shampoo and conditioner such as Bountifully Bouncy Volumising Shampoo and Conditioner to cleanse, nourish and give body.

After towel drying, comb in your styling product with a wide tooth comb. Protect your hair from heat and prep for the blow dry of your dreams. Use The Perfect Blow Dry Makeover Spray for a mind-blowing boost. You’ll get a longer-lasting, super glossy blow dry. Spray onto damp hair and comb through. If you have fine hair, try Smoothed, Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil for Fine Hair. It’s a marvellous multi-tasker that smells simply divine. Use 2 to 3 pumps and warm in hands, apply to hair before styling products. It helps fine hair look incredible, adding volume at the root while smoothing and it has an utterly weightless finish.
To really lift your hair to new heights, try Up, Up & Away Root Lift Mousse. This is a spray that magically transforms into a mousse, giving life and body to your roots. It will put you on the fast track to a heavenly blow dry.
Adam says,

“Big, beautiful hair never goes out of fashion. Up, Up & Away Root Lift Mousse is my product of choice to provide more hold and guts directly at the roots with ease, while keeping the natural movement in the hair lengths.”

It really is a little beauty.
Here’s how to use it:
Apply to towel dried hair. Lift hair in sections and spray into the roots. (This product has a handy targeted nozzle that makes it super easy to use.) Repeat throughout the hair and comb through before blow drying.

Go with the flow

Right after a hair wash, lift the hair at the roots with your fingers and blast the hairdryer a few inches away from your scalp. Always use a nozzle on the hairdryer and direct the airflow in the direction of the hair throughout.
Adam says,

“Always have the hot air from the dryer blowing down the hair shafts. This will flatten the cuticle and prevent frizz or static.”

Next, you’ll work to get the look you want by sectioning and using a round brush. Are you ready for action?

Super sectioning & creating Bardot bounce

Set yourself up for success with super sectioning. Sectioning makes your blow dry much easier and keeps wet hair separate from finished hair.
Take a section of your hair in your hands and clip it out of the way. You need to work on a small section of hair at a time and clip the rest of the hair neatly away. You want to dry around a one and a half inch section at a time using a medium-sized or large round brush to get some bounce into the hair when blow drying. Now make your moves.

  • Using your round brush, work through the hair in sections. Work each section at a time.
  • Blow dry each section in a downward movement and work the brush all the way down the hair shaft. You need the air to flow down the hair to avoid pulling the cuticle in the wrong direction, which can lead to breakage.
  • Get the airflow right into the roots and blow downwards towards the tips of the hair. Lifting your hair at the root as you dry each section helps to create good bounce. Adam says,

“Lift the hair up from the root and dry from root to tip. If you dry the root first by lifting the hair away, you will get a great, full foundation in the hair.”

  • Keep going with this technique until your hair is dry. And you’ve got volume. Voila.

Finish with finesse

When hair is dry, hit the cool button for about a minute to fix your style into place. Then finish your look with hairspray and volumising spray. This will hold the look you’ve worked for. Adam says,

“Once you have achieved the volume you want it’s important to seal it in. Finish your blow dry with a cold blast from the hairdryer and spray hairspray where the air is blowing to seal the style. Use product to maintain the volume such as our Big, Bold & Beautiful Dry Instant Volumising Spray.”

Try spraying a vent brush with Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray and brush all your hair through. As you brush, you’ll be pushing the hairspray into the roots and giving your look a little bit more hold. For a plumping pick-me-up, spray a healthy dose of Big, Bold & Beautiful Dry Instant Volumising Spray into the roots. Shake the can well and spray into the roots from underneath in an upwards direction. Massage into the roots with fingertips for luscious locks with life and volume. The perfect finish to a big bouncy blow dry.
Ready for a big bouncy blow dry? We’d love to hear your blow drying tips. Let us know on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram tagging @percyandreed #percyandreedtips

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  • Contrary to what you may think, it really is possible to give yourself a salon standard blow dry at home, and while it might take a little longer (and involve greater arm strength), you can save serious pennies by ditching your dry bar and going DIY.

    Cue our top tips, tricks and hair hero buys for getting that shiny, bouncy blow dry at home.


    Before attempting a blow dry at home, always make sure you pre-treat hair with a hair mask. Exposure to high heat can leave your strands looking stressed and feeling parched, and if your hair is already dry or damaged you’ll struggle to get that shiny, healthy looking finish.

    Apply as much of Macadamia Deep Repair Masque, £28.95, as you need, paying close attention to the ends. Leave it to work its magic for 5-10 minutes and rinse. Not only will your tresses feel softer and smoother, it also helps to reduce drying time by up to 50%.


    It’s so important to keep your hair protected from all that heat, so a styling protection spray is a must. You’ll notice that some sort of heat-protector is applied to your hair prior to every salon blow-dry – so make sure you do it at home too.

    Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection, £18.85, is an amazing protective spray with a vitamin infused formula, which adds amazing shine to your hair.


    If your hair is fine, flyaway, dry or frizzy you’ll want to reach for a hair oil both before and after your blow-dry to make your hair more manageable and give it that gorgeous glossy shine.

    Apply one pump or more of Kérastase Sérum Oléo-Relax, £20.50, depending on how in need your hair is and work through the lengths and ends while it’s still damp. When you’ve finished drying your hair, use just a small amount and smooth over the ends and frizzy areas.


    For those ladies out there after a bit of extra volume and oomph, we’ve found just what you need. A beautifully weightless styling spray that will create volume lasting all day.

    Aveda Pure Abundance Style-Prep, £21.50, acts as a natural boost, thickening strands from root to tip. However, its weightless formula is perfect for those with finer hair and unlike other products, it won’t weigh it down. Spray liberally onto damp hair and voila! Big, bouncy hair.


    Don’t go in guns (hairdryers) blazing straight after you’ve washed your hair, wait for a while and let it air dry – this will reduce the amount of heat exposure and generally save you time and effort. Section your hair into two and depending on how thick it is leave it until it’s about 70% dry before picking up your hairdryer. Thinner hair tends to drop and loose height quickly as it dries, so blow-dry your roots first to keep the volume.


    To stop your hair from falling flat and achieve that big, bouncy blow-dry you need to create height at the crown. Do this by keeping the brush as close to the roots as possible and following it with the hairdryer, pull the hair upwards. Make sure you use small sections and thoroughly dry every section from the roots to the ends.


    If you have a big night out and you need a power blow-dry to last, Sian Quinn, hair expert at Headmasters, suggests using a light volumising shampoo and conditioner instead of a super nourishing one, which could weigh your hair down. This will keep your hair feeling light, so it won’t have any barrier to products.

    Duck & Dry’s Blow Dry In A Bottle, £20, promises to build volume, give lift and add texture. The best part? It boasts natural ingredients that are good for your hair and will condition it


    Use a blow-dry lotion like L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.ART Pli, £15 says Sian Quinn. This will give your hair ‘memory’ once it’s been blown into shape, and will stretch your blow-dry out for a few extra days.


    Sian’s top tip for making sure your blow-dry lasts during the night, is to loosely twist it into a bun and use a light-hold grip to pin it up. Anything too strong can leave a dent the hair. When you wake up and let it down, your hair will maintain that voluminous bounce!


    Sleeping on a silk pillow case will reduce friction, and stop any unwanted frizz from happening, says Sian. It’ll ensure your blow-dry is left nice and smooth when you wake-up!


    Keep any strong hold hairspray a to a minimum, as this will reduce the feeling of your hair needing a wash so soon after your blow-dry, say Sian. Kerastase Lacquer Couture hairspray will keep your hair feeling soft and will brush straight out.


    I can’t stress how much Babyliss’ New Big Hair Styler, £34.99, has changed my life when it comes to blow-drying my hair myself.

    A self confessed salon blow-dry junkie, I used to get a blow-dry nearly every week, because I could never be bothered to attempt it at home. Essentially, it’s a rotating round brush, which blasts out hot air – a brush-dryer hybrid if you like.

    Even after sectioning your hair into manageable sections I find it near impossible to navigate a rounded brush and a hairdryer – I salute you if you can! But, if you can’t, purchase one of these and you will never look back!

    Blow Drying Short Hair

    With just a couple of styling tricks, your hair will be looking sleek in no time

    Blow drying hairstyles for short hair can bump up a flat, limp look into a vivacious one that can still look full even at the end of the day. This merely requires a few simple but effective styling tricks:

    • When styling short hair and using a blow dryer, you can create extra volume by working against the natural fall of your hair.
    • You can add fullness by working a small amount of göt2b® Powder-ful® volumizing styling powder through your hair at the roots.
    • If your hair tends to stick to your scalp and look flat after styling, use clips to hold the strands up until the hair is cool, then remove the clips carefully.

    One of the cutest blow dry hairstyles for short hair is the classic short bob, which looks particularly appealing when the hair is silky-smooth with a lot of volume. The hair ends should be softly turned under, which you can easily achieve by blow drying hair using a round brush. Part the hair as usual and proceed to blow dry in sections while slowly curling the hair ends over the round brush from the roots to the ends. This motion will give you great blow dry curls and frame your face beautifully.

    You can also blow dry the sections at a 90-degree angle relative to the brush to really turn under the hair ends and create fantastic volume as well. Repeat this step if necessary. Use our göt2b® Glam Force® hairspray for the finishing touch and to achieve a day-long hold.

    If you like to have big hair, you’ll love this blowdry tutorial.

    The great thing about this technique is that it doesn’t have a part. It’s ideal if you have a curtain fringe or like to change your part.

    If you’re new to blowdrying your hair, you have to try this method.

    For newbies, I always recommend blowdrying the front of your hair first. Your arms get tired and it makes sense to do your best work on the top layer of your hair.

    When you’re in the salon, it makes sense for your stylist to start at the bottom of your hair and work up. I know when I’m at home, I start to lose interest about halfway through. The underneath looks fab but the top layer is a mess.

    This reverse ponytail blowdry technique solves this problem.

    Thanks to the fabulous Sarah Angius for this tutorial. If you’re not following Sarah on Instagram, what’s wrong with you? Check out her tutorial below.

    Big volume blowdry tutorial

    I tried this on my hair and I love it! I used a small elastic and switched to an invisibobble so it wouldn’t leave a mark in my hair.

    This technique would be perfect for fine hair too.

    Let me know how it goes in your hair!

    Volume blow-dry at home

    There’s just something about a salon blowout that makes it the ultimate of all possible beauty services. It makes your hair silky-smooth, gloriously bouncy and most of all, voluminous. And it lasts for days.

    Who doesn’t dream of having that kind of Excellent Hair Day, every day?

    As a fine, flat-haired person, I sure do! So I enlisted the help of my own hairstylist, Tony Chaar, to create the definitive guide to a high-volume blow-dry at home. (After all, who better than a top celebrity hairstylist to show us EXACTLY how it’s done?)

    In this tutorial video, you’ll learn the importance of prepping your hair with the right products—we used the John Frieda® Luxurious Volume line—as well as a no-fail, step-by-step technique for drying and finishing the hair.

    You guys know how NON-voluminous my hair usually is. I was amazed at this transformation! And I don’t even have layers—if you do, you’ll get even more dramatic results. This blow-dry technique lasts me a full three days, which is unheard of in my world.

    Hopefully you learned a thing or two here—I know I did!

    Remember, if you want to achieve lift and bounce in your hair, then you MUST get the blow-dry right, otherwise you’re squandering your volumizing potential. With Tony’s technique, a little practice and products like the John Frieda® Luxurious Volume line, you’ll be well on your way to bigger, better hair days!

    What do you think of these tips for a voluminous blow-dry?
    Do you have a blowout technique of your own?

    Big hair blow dry

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