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.
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
- Method 2: Curly to Straight
- Additional Tips
Method 1: 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:
- Diffuser attachment
- Hair serum
- Hair gel
Step 1. Coat your wet hair with hair serum
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Method 2: Curly 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:
- Hairdryer with a concentrator attachment
- Paddle brush
- Vented round brush
- Hair clips
- Hair serum
Step 1. Apply hair serum and detangle 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 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.
- 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.