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November 7, 2022 by Edna K. Martin – Hairstylist, Certified Skin Care Coach
How to Curl Your Hair with A Blow Dryer?
Do you know that with the help of your blow dryer you can create beautiful curls on your hair in several ways? A blow dryer is not only designed to dry your hair and give it volume.
You can use it to create waves too. If you love curls on your hair you don’t need to have curling tools. Your blow dryer is enough to create the curls. Read on to know how to curl your hair with a blow dryer.
Step By Step Guide: How to Curl Your Hair with A Blow Dryer
Method 1: Curling Hair with Round Brush
Use the Right Tools
Working with the right tools and products ensures that you get the perfect curls. You will need the following:
- A blow dryer
- Small round brush- It has air holes at the center that helps to allow even heating of the hair
- Hair clips/ bands/ pins
- Heat protectant
- Water filled in a hair spray bottle
Prep Your Hair
Once you have gathered all the tools you need, the next step is to prep your hair. Start by washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner. It creates a protective barrier and strengthens your hair to withstand damage caused by heat, styling, and puling.
If you start with dry hair, ensure you comb and brush it meticulously to ensure the hair is detangled well. It prevents the hairbrush from getting stuck in hair leading to hair breakage. Start from the roots and brush till the end of the strands.
Use Heat Spray
Subjecting your hair to excess heat for a long time can damage your hair. To avoid this, use a heat protectant spray to protect your strands. Spray the heat protectant all over your hair. Apart from preventing heat damage, it helps to control frizz.
Roughly Dry Your Hair
Using your blow dryer, dry out your hair until it is about 80% dry. This makes your hair drying experienced easier to complete. Also, since you are not subjecting too much heat to small sections of hair, it makes the styling process less damaging.
Section Off Your Hair
You can divide your hair into two or three sections depending on the thickness of your hair either vertically or horizontally. Use a hairband, clips, or pins to hold the sections in place. This makes it easier to curl your hair as it keeps your hair out of the way as you work on one section.
If you are working with dry hair, you need to wet your hair. This is where a spray bottle filled with water comes in handy. Instead of soaking wet your entire hair, take a section of the divided hair you need to curl and spray the section of hair with water.
Create Your Curl with the Help of a Round Brush
The round brush comes in different sizes, and this affects the curls they produce. If you want to create bigger curls, use a large round brush. If you want to create tighter curls, choose a small round brush.
Take a section of hair and twist it around the brush right from where the hair ends from the bottom till the top. Once you have twisted the hair around the brush, blow dry your hair as you twist it around the brush to create curls.
Hold the brush at an angle that points towards your head and slowly roll open the hairs as you blow-dry. The blow-dry heats the round metal brush and helps in creating curls. Ensure you use a medium heat setting to prevent burning your hair.
Once you have finished with one section, move to the other sections, and repeat the process until all your hair is curled. Once you have finished curling the hair, use your favorite hairspray to set the curls in place.
Method 2: Braiding and Drying Straight Hair
Dampen and Detangle Your Hair
For braided hair to create curls, the hair needs to be damp. You can start by washing your hair and towel drying it right after showering to not dripping. If you had washed your hair before, you can dampen it by sprinkling water and brushing it all through your hair so that it can be wet. Once your hair is damp, use a comb to brush it to remove any tangles or knots.
Divide Your Hair into Sections
Portion your hair into two or more sections if your hair is thick. Tie the sections with a hair clip or hairband. Further, separate each section into two or 3-4 sections if you want to create tight curls.
Braid Each Section
Take each section at a time and braid it with a simple braid. If you want tight curls, make sure your braid is tight too. Tie the end of a braid with a hair tie once you have finished making the braid.
Dry Each Braid with Your Blow Dryer
Use a medium heat setting on your blow dryer and dry out each braided section. Move your dryer slowly up and down the length of your hair until it is dry. You can use your fingers to check if the hair is completely dry by touching the center of your braid.
Undo Your Braid
Once your hair is completely dry, remove the hair ties from each braid and undo the braid to reveal the curls. Use your fingers to separate each braid and fluff your hair for a curly look.
Finish with a Hairspray
To set your curls in place, finish by spraying your favorite hair spray, and your hair is all set.
You do not need any curling tools to make stunning curls while styling your hair at home. That blow-dry is enough to crate gorgeous curls on your hair. By following this simple guide on how to curl your hair with a blow dryer, you can forget to visit the salon to get your hair all curled up.
The good thing is that you can achieve curls using a blow dryer using two ways. Choose the method you find simple or try out the two to see which works best for you.