The Perfect Blowout

HAI elite HAIonic Turbo Hair DryerEveryone can achieve that super silky style the pros get. The secret? A perfect blowout before you start straightening. Creating a smooth canvas before you use your flat iron will not only improve your flat iron’s performance, it will tame those tresses in record time. Shown: HAI elite HAIonic Turbo Hair Dryer.

The Tools: Ceramic/Ionic Hair Dryer, Heat Protectant, Hair Clips, Round Ceramic Brush.

Ready, Set, Blot…
After shampooing and conditioning, blot as much of the excess water out of your hair as possible, leaving your hair damp to the touch. Never wring your hair with your hands or a towel. This harsh treatment causes damage to the hair strands. If you want your hair to be as smooth as silk, you should treat it like silk. You wouldn’t wring out a silk blouse. Gentle blotting with a towel is more than enough to remove any excess water.

Redken Smooth Down Heat GlidePamper and Protect
With damp hair, before you begin to blow dry, (or before you use any appliance that generates heat) you should generously apply a thermal styling protectant all over your hair to shield it from the excessive heat and to also add additional moisture, volume and shine. Thermal heat styling protectants come in sprays, serums and creams. I suggest visiting our thermal protection section to help you decide which one is best for you. After thoroughly applying the protectant from roots to ends, your hair is prepped, and ready for sectioning. Shown: Redken Smooth Down Heat Glide.

Savvy Sections
It’s a good idea to section off your hair into manageable 1 to 2 inch pieces. To section: Start by parting your hair down the center from the front to the back of your head. Gently pull each section to either side, and secure each side with a hair clip. Then take each side section and further divide them with the comb into 2 more pieces, above your ear and below, again securing the remaining sections above your ears with more clips so this hair is out of your way until you are ready to style it. Continue parting your hair and creating smaller sections and securing them out of the way until you are left with sections that are easy to work with, and small enough to fit into the brush you are using. But which hairbrush is best?

Negative Ions = Positive Styling
Now that you are ready to dry your first section, the brush you choose will have a major affect on how straight you will be able to get your hair. I suggest using a round ceramic ionic brush to generate negative ions that help smooth the hair. These negative ions are created from the heat of the blow dryer heating the brush. If you are using a ceramic ionic hair dryer, this will also generate negative ions. The more negative ions you generate, the better! What’s so great about negative ions? They enable the moisture to be sealed into the hair cuticle, and an increased amount of ionic energy allows the brush to slip easily through your hair without pulling or snagging, promising sleek, straight results.

ghd Professional Ceramic Round BrushSmooth Moves
Using your round ceramic ionic bush, take your first small section (about 1 inch wide) and starting with the back of your hair at the ends, roll the section of hair loosely around the brush up towards the roots. Holding the dryer with the nozzle pointed at the hair section about 2 inches away, slowly pull the brush and the dryer down the section to the ends. Continue going over this section until it’s completely dry.

Keep in mind that as you go over the sections with your brush and hair dryer, the thermal protectant will be activated, adding smoothness and a layer of protection as you style each section. With your hair dryer, brush and the thermal protectant combo, your hair will be as smooth as silk. Working your way around your head from back to front, keep sectioning off and blow-drying each piece, until your hair is completely finished. Shown: GHD Ceramic Round Brush.

Kick your flat iron’s performance into high gear and make it more effective than ever by creating the perfect base before you use it. Get that super smooth look next time you style…it’s easy with the perfect blowout.

Want to see it in action? Just watch this quick video:

Want to create your own perfect blowout? Check out our Best Hair Dryers section to find a hair dryer that will blow you away!

-StraightBelle

My fine hair needs body…

Question:
My fine hair needs body. What should I do? I have pin straight hair that is baby fine. How do I give it volume?
– Dianna via email

Answer:
You’re not alone! It can be difficult to give volume to baby fine, pin straight hair, but lucky for you there are a lot of products on the market dedicated to adding body to your shall we say, voluminously challenged style? (Hint, hint, you should also check out our article on Adjust-a-Curl, it’s right up your alley!)

Start in the shower with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner combo like these from Biolage, but go easy on the conditioner.

Biolage Bodifying ConditionerBiolage Bodifying Shampoo Volumatherapie and Biolage Bodifying Conditioner Volumatherapie (pictured left).

If your hair is limp all over, try a thickening boost spray, mousse or gel to add a little texture to your strands.

Look for products with any or all of these buzzwords: Volumize, texture, lift, body, thicken, you get the idea. Your bathroom counter should be loaded with lotions and potions dedicated to adding volume. Stay away from anything that makes your hair “too soft”, in your case that might translate into “very flat”

Fudge Oomf Thickening BoostHere are three products you should take a look at: Fudge Oomf Thickening Boost (pictured left), Murad Volumizing Airfoam, or Pureology Texture Twist.

I would also suggest a root lifting product, sometimes fine hair is especially flat at the roots. Thankfully that’s easy to fix with a little dab or spray of a volumizing root lifting procut. These products are especially made to give your hair fullness, body and height right where you need it – at the top. Check out these two, they are very good at eliminating ‘flat-head’ looks: Pureology Root Lift

Pureology Root Lift (left) or L’anza Volume Root Effects – I have a hard time deciding which is better – both are very good for adding volume to the root area.

Lastly, you can always try the upside down blow dry – one of my favorites – this tends to help the hair dry with a little more body. Try adding a little hair spray while you’re upside down, it will help create the texture and volume you are looking for and it will ensure longer lasting body.

Pin straight hair can be a challenge in the volume department, but with products like these you’ll get more volume than you might expect. Thanks for asking!

-StraightBelle