How To Blow Dry Layered Short Hair
How to Blow Dry Layered Hair
Blow drying with the wrong technique can leave your layers frizzy or flat. Either way, you're not showing off the hairstyle. For better definition and a more attractive appearance, follow these methods instead. The quick method is best for thin, straight hair, which is unlikely to frizz. The longer method is mandatory for thick or curly hair, and recommended for anyone who wants a longer-lasting style.
Quick Blow Drying
Apply heat protectant.Blow drying always risks damaging your hair. Apply a heat protectant evenly throughout your hair.
Flip your hair upside down.Flip your hair forward and tilt your head toward your chest. This is good for volume and definition.
- Skip this step if you have thick, frizzy hair.
Brush your hair as you go.You may hold the brush on the opposite side of your hair, moving it along to follow the blowdryer. If you'd rather not blow dry every layer separately, just blow dry without a brush, and stop every few minutes to brush your hair out.
Blow Drying Layer by Layer
Start with wet hair.Layered hair usually takes a long time to blow dry. If you towel dry or allow it to air dry partially, your hair may dry before you finish heat styling. Blow drying dry hair can cause major damage.
- Brushing out tangles is recommended, unless you tend to lose hair when you brush it wet.
Section your hair.Use your best judgement depending on how thick your hair is. Typically, you would divide your hair into left and right sections. Divide each of these sections further by layer, and clip most of the layers onto the top of your head. Leave the lowest layer or two hanging free.
Apply heat protectant to the lowest layers.This will protect them from heat damage. Natural options such as argan oil are also available.
Blow dry the lowest layers with a round brush.Place a round brush against the underside of the hair near your neck. Wrap your hair around the brush and blow dry from the other side. Move the brush and blow dryer down along your hair at the same rate, steadily drying your hair.
- The round brush helps define the ends of your hair, making your layers stand out.
- If you want to add volume, brush and blow dry backward instead. (Note that this can damage your hair.)
- Some people get better results brushing hair from the back and pulling it forward (toward the face) as it dries.
Flick the brush off the hair at the end.When you reach the end of your hair, lift your brush a little and pull the brush out sideways. This little "flick" will give a natural swing to the layer, instead of having it hang straight down.
Repeat with each layer.Once your hair is dry, pin it to the sides and let down the next layer. Repeat the same process for each layer until your hair is dry.
- To prevent frizz in curly hair, make sure your hair is completely dry.
- Don't forget to apply more heat protectant to each layer.
Blow Drying Short Layers
If your hair is several inches above your shoulders (your shortest pieces less than an inch long), section off the hair right above your ears and clip it away.
Blow dry your shortest layers (below the ears) with just the blow dryer in a downwards motion, combing through the hair with either your fingers or a brush.
Proceed to dry the rest of your hair the way described previously.
- The lower the temperature setting, the less your hair gets damaged. Ideally, you should be able to point the blow dryer at your skin for 15 seconds without pain.
- Some people get good results by setting the blow dryer on “hot” while you’re actually drying your hair, and then switching to “cool” or “cold” to lock in the straightness.
- If you plan to straighten your hair or put your hair in a ponytail or headband, do this immediately after blow drying.
- Use a no-tangle brush if you have thick, easily tangled hair.
- A concentrator nozzle gives the best results for curly or wavy hair, although it will take longer to dry.
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