Short hair looks chic and helps add more volume and texture to your hair. Short hair is also easy to manage and blow-dry if you are always running out of time. Most of us in a hurry to get to work, shuffle our bob cut with our fingers while blasting it with high heat. Although this helps dry our hair faster, it also leaves it frizzy and makes it brittle over time.

The right way to blow-dry short hair is more or less similar to blow-drying straight hair, but with a small tweak. A lot of women opt for shorter hair because they have fine hair and they wish to add more volume. Blow-drying your short hair while lifting up the roots can increase the volume manifold.

before and after to blow-dry short hair
Before and after blow-drying short hair

Also, if you have dry and wavy hair, it is essential to use a leave-in conditioner before exposing your hair to the heat.

If you recently cropped your hair to a bob or a pixie, read on to learn how to blow-dry short hair the right way.

Steps to Blow-Dry Short Hair

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to blow-dry short hair

  • Hairdryer with the concentrator attachment
  • Water in a spray bottle
  • Hair mousse
  • Paddle brush
  • Vented round brush

Step 1. Dampen and detangle your hair

dampen and detangle hair to blow-dry short hair
Use a paddle brush to detangle your damp hair
  • Dampen your hair with water in a spray bottle. If your hair feels greasy, shampoo it and then proceed with the blow-drying.
  • Optionally, you can also spritz some heat-protecting leave-in conditioner all over your hair. If you have fine or limp hair, only spray the middle and lower sections.
  • Use the paddle brush to detangle your hair.

Step 2. Blow-dry your hair in sections

part your hair in section and blow-dry short hair
Wrap a section of hair on the round brush and blow-dry it from the roots to the tips
  • Lift up a small section of your hair and roll it outward on the round brush (as shown in the image).
  • Pointing the hairdryer close to the roots, begin blow-drying your hair from underneath. Keep unraveling the hair from the brush as you dry the hair.
  • Follow this procedure until you’ve blow-dried all of your hair.

Step 3. Apply mousse to keep your hair put

apply hair mousse to blow-dry short hair
Apply hair mousse to maintain your blow-dried hair throughout the day
  • Squirt a small amount of hair mousse onto your palm.
  • Rub it between your palms and apply it along the full length of your hair. Smoothen out the mousse from the roots to the tips to keep your blow-dried hair set throughout the day.


  • Avoid excessive use of hair products, as it can weigh down your hair and make it look flat.
  • To keep your hair healthy, apply lighter oils like argan or coconut oil.
  • Since fine hair can turn oily the very next day, you can either use a dry shampoo between washes or wash your hair with a moisturizing shampoo every day. Use a conditioner only once or twice a week.
  • You can also try some of our homemade shampoo recipes.
  • Get your short hair trimmed every 4 to 6 weeks to avoid split ends and maintain your hairstyle.