Are you tired of looking like the bride of Frankenstein each time you blow-dry your curly or wavy hair? If so, you’ve clicked on the right link.

We will show you how to blow-dry curly or wavy hair like a Pro.


While your curly or wavy hair gives you extra volume, it can prove to be an absolute nightmare when it comes to blow-drying. Each strand seems to stick out and in a different direction or curls end up looking puffy and undefined.

intro to blow-dry curly or wavy hair
Learn the right technique to blow-dry curly/wavy hair

If you have troublesome curly or wavy hair, here are a few basic tips that can help you easily manage your hair:

  • When it comes to shampoos, conditioners and hair masks, choose those that are specially formulated to suit curly or wavy hair.
  • It is always best to use a leave-in conditioner if you have super tight curls, as it protects your curls and keeps them well-set and glossy for a longer time.
  • Always use a diffuser attachment while blow-drying to minimize heat damage and frizziness.

Keeping these tips in mind, you can now proceed with learning how to blow-dry curly or wavy hair like a Pro.

First, we’ll show you how to do a basic blow-dry, and then we’ll show you the easiest way to transform your hair from wavy/curly to straight.


Method 1: Basic Blow-Dry

before and after using basic technique to blow-dry curly hair
Before and after the basic blow-dry

Curly hair is difficult to manage and prone to breakage if exposed to excessive heat. The key to blow-dry curly or wavy hair is to use less heat and a slow air setting.

If you have naturally curly or wavy hair, opt for a hairdryer of 1400 watts or less with multiple heat and speed settings. Also, look for one that has a diffuser attachment designed specifically for curly hair.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to blow-dry curly hair with basic technique

  • Blow-dryer
  • Diffuser attachment
  • Hair serum
  • Hair gel

Step 1. Coat your wet hair with hair serum

apply hair serum to blow-dry curly hair
Coat your hair with a hair serum to protect them from breakage
  • Work a dime-sized amount of hair serum throughout your wet hair.
  • Avoid the roots, as it can make your hair look oily. Focus more on the tips, which are the most prone to breakage and split ends.

Step 2. Blow-dry your hair using low heat and slow airspeed

use low heat and slow air speed to blow-dry curly hair
Use the diffuser attachment to blow-dry curly hair
  • Set your dryer on low heat and slow airspeed.
  • Hold the blow-dryer right under your hair tips and begin blow-drying the tips.
  • Lift the ends away from the diffuser as your curls dry.
  • Move the diffuser around on the middle sections of your hair, lifting small sections one at a time.
  • Blow-dry the crown section as well.

Step 3. Apply hair gel to define your curls

apply hair gel to blow-dry curly hair
Apply hair gel to keep your curls intact
  • Rub a pea-sized quantity of a curl-defining gel between your palms.
  • Coat your hair strands with it.
  • Scrunch your hair with gel on your hand and use a small amount on the roots as well, and your curls will stay put throughout the day.
final to blow-dry curly hair with basic technique
Blow-dry curly hair on lowest heat setting to keep them frizz-free

Method 2: Curly to Straight

before and after to blow-dry curly hair to straight
Before and after blow-drying curly hair to straight

While curly or wavy hair looks fun, they are difficult to manage. Blow-drying them straight is a pain in itself.

But with the right technique and tools, you can transform your frizzy locks into the silky straight hair.


To blow-dry curly or wavy hair to straight, you need a hairdryer of 1800 watts with the concentrator attachment.

You will also need hair serum to protect your hair from the heat and a vented round brush to straighten the waves and curls.

Here we show the technique on wavy hair. It is the same for curly hair.

Things you’ll need:


things you'll need to blow-dry curly hair to straight

  • Hairdryer with a concentrator attachment
  • Paddle brush
  • Vented round brush
  • Hair clips
  • Hair serum

Step 1. Apply hair serum and detangle your hair

apply hair serum to blow-dry curly hair to straight
Apply hair serum and de-tangle your hair
  • Shampoo and condition your hair.
  • Towel-dry your hair and apply hair serum all over your hair.
  • Use a paddle brush to detangle your hair.

Step 2. Partition your hair into sections and blow-dry it

partition your hair into sections to blow-dry curly hair to straight
Blow-dry your hair using a vented round brush
  • Partition the crown section of your hair and tie it up in a bun. Secure the bun with a hair clip.
  • Lift a small section of your hair with the vented hairbrush, as shown in the image.
  • Set the hairdryer on the medium heat setting and high airspeed.
  • Hold the hairdryer close to the hairbrush. Begin with the midsection and blow-dry your hair moving toward the tips. As you straighten the curls, also pull the hairbrush downward toward the tips.
  • Once the strands are sufficiently straight, curl the tips inward. Turn off the dryer but continue to hold the tips over the brush for 5 to 10 seconds to allow them to set.
  • Follow this procedure to blow-dry the remaining lower sections.
  • Open the bun and blow-dry the crown section as well.
final to blow-dry curly hair to straight
Use the concentrator attachment to blow-dry curly hair to straight

Additional Tips

  • Avoid shampooing your hair too often. It can throw your natural oils off-balance, drying out your curls, and promote breakage. Washing your hair once or twice a week is enough for curly hair.
  • To prevent tangles, shampoo your hair taking small sections at a time.
  • Avoid using hot water to wash your curls, as it can dry out your hair. Rinsing with cold water after can help your hair look shinier.
  • Use a microfiber towel to avoid frizz due to friction with the fibers in other types of towels.
  • Use a satin pillowcase to avoid friction in your hair while you sleep.