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Picking the Right Hair Dryer for Curly Hair
To blow dry curly hair, you need a hair dryer with a diffuser attachment. What’s great about diffusers is that they spread out the airstream of your dryer, so you can dry a wider area with optimal control. By dispersing the air, you also reduce the risk of disrupting the curl shape and you dial down frizz. In short, it’s the kindest, gentlest and most effective way of drying curls.
Diffusers work on all curly hair types, whether you or your client are working type 2 waves, type 3 curls or type 4 coils. For an even more curl-defining drying experience, try choosing a hair dryer that’s anti-static, like Sahira Anti-Static Hair Dryer. It keeps frizz at bay, reduces drying time, and is also ultra gentle on the scalp.
Follow This Curly Hair Blow Dry Technique:
1. Apply Your Chosen Styling Product
While hair is still wet or damp from washing, your client should start their routine by applying their product of choice, whether that’s a mousse, a spray or a balm. Recommend they also use a heat protectant, like EIMI Thermal Image, taking care to mist it from root to tip to shield locks against heat damage.
2. Let Hair Air-Dry 50% of the Way
So curls aren’t exposed to too much heat for too long, hair should be allowed to air-dry at least 50% of the way before blow drying. This way, your client’s blow dry will be quicker, shorter, and less damaging.
3. Split Hair into Four Even Sections
Once your client is ready to kick off their blow dry, advise them to split their hair into four even sections. If their curls are thicker, they may need to work in six or even eight sections to reach every strand.
4. Place Hair in the Diffuser Nozzle
Gently place a section of hair in the hair dryer nozzle, then ‘scoop’ upwards close to the root to create volume. The hair dryer should be on a low or medium heat setting.
5. Dry Hair While ‘Massaging’ with the Nozzle
While the curls are still scooped up in the diffuser nozzle, gently move it in a backwards and forwards ‘massaging’ motion. This will activate the shape of the curl pattern, and the constant movement helps to prevent frizz. Continue until the hair is 80-90% dry, then move on to the next section.
6. Finish with Definition
Once the hair is dry, your client may want to define a few sections with a curling iron. Remind them to reapply EIMI Thermal Image first, then target just the pieces that need a touch-up. The final fix? A misting of NutriCurls Milky Waves Spray if their hair is fine, or a few drops of Oil Reflections Luminous Smoothing Oil to frizz-proof thicker curls and seal the ends.