Tutorial :: Hand Blow Dry / by rubi

As you can probably tell from the past week's posts, I love hair that looks a bit imperfect or "lived in." I also don't know anyone who has the time of day to spend more than 15 minutes round-brush-blowdrying their own hair. And although they may be ashamed to admit it, I actually kind of love it when clients tell me they only spend 5 minutes on their hair. I know I don't spend more than 5 minutes on my own hair, so why should they? I love giving them tips on how to use those 5 minutes wisely. Now, if you have 7-10 minutes, then here's a quick blow dry tutorial for you, and if you only have 5 then do this on dry hair and it will look almost the same.

1. Split your hair into 4 sections. Down the middle and then behind your ears.

2. Twist each section so your hair is going AWAY from your face.

3. Blow dry each section focusing on your roots first (those take the longest) and then the middle to ends while keeping the hair in a twist.

4. Once most of the section is dry, loosen your twist and "cup" it with an open palm as you blow dry the rest. Keeping an open palm over the section allows the air from the blow dryer to dry the section faster.

5. Once your hair is completely dry, keep it in these 4 "ringlet" sections until they are no longer warm from the heat of the blow dryer. Cooling them is the key to your blow out maintaining it's curl and smoothness.

6. Tilt your head slightly back and shake your roots to separate the curls. Don't rake your fingers through your hair. Instead lightly massage your scalp and that will separate them enough. Think of squeezing a lemon on a hand juicer (our lovely model came up with that metaphor :). If you feel like you need to put your fingers through it, then do so with a drop of oil distributed through your fingers and you're done!

*This works on almost all hairtypes, you should even try it if you think your hair doesn't hold a curl because you might find that it will hold these waves.

** I would recommend using a bit of salt spray when your hair is wet, I find it helps your hair dry a bit faster and holds the curl better.

Images by Lauren Cooper & the lovely model Susannah.