10 Ways You're Blowdrying Your Hair Wrong

by Corinne Shoemaker

If you want to give yourself a gorgeous blowout that lasts all day long, you need to be careful to avoid some common blowdrying mistakes. Read on to learn the ten worst blowdrying habits for your hair.


  1. You don’t use a nozzle.

It’s really easy to damage your hair if you aren’t careful. By not using a nozzle, you risk severely burning your strands (especially if you don’t use a heat protectant like PRAVANA's Nevo Invisible Control Heat-Activated Thermal Protectant, so be sure to remember this if you want to keep your 'do looking healthy and gorgeous.


  1. You don’t spray the top and bottom parts of each section.

Think about it: if you spray a heat protectant onto just one side of your strands, that leaves the other side totally exposed. Spraying any product onto both sides of a section is the only way to ensure maximum coverage. So, after you spray the top of a section of hair, flip it over and cover the other side. 


  1. You apply too much product.

Unless you want your ‘do to look like an oil-spill, you never want to over-do it with your products. Start with a little and only apply more in small increments only if you aren't getting the results you want.


  1. You leave too much moisture in your strands.

An excess amount of moisture can keep product from getting to your strands, making it less effective. Towel-dry your hair as well as you can before applying your products.


  1. You use a brush instead of a comb.

Your hair is weakest when wet, so you want to be as gentle as possible with it – including by using gentle tools like a wide-tooth comb. This is especially important if you have curly hair (which is highly prone to tangling).


  1. You don’t make your sections small enough.

Working with large sections means you won’t have a lot of control when blowdrying. Dividing your hair up may take a little more effort, but it can make a big difference in the end!


  1. You don’t section your hair.

The best blowouts come from focusing on individual sections of your hair rather than trying to tackle the whole thing at once. If you have thin hair, divide it into two sections. For thicker hair, work on three or four.


  1. You don’t combine sections.

Every time you finish blowdrying a section of hair, drop the damp section above it and style them together. Though it may seem almost counterproductive to style your hair this way, doing so will actually give it a more fluid, natural look than if you were to blowdry each section separately.


  1. You don’t spread your products.

Most people will pile their products into their hair when styling, but if you want to get the most out of what you put in, it’s better to work a tiny amount into each section as you blowdry them. This will make distribution much more even.


  1. You start at the wrong place.

It's always best to start with the hairline in the front to smooth out any cowlicks and frizz.  When you get to the back you should always start with the bottom sections of your hair and work your way up. As with combining sections, this helps give your hair a more natural and fluid appearance. 


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