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Blow Dry Tips

If you donít have to blow dry your hair every day, try not to. The heat from the blow dryer opens up your cuticle and may cause unnecessary damage to your strand. When you are blow drying your hair, try some of these simple steps to keep your hair healthy.

1. While you donít need an expensive blow dryer to get a beautiful blow out, you should select products that help protect your hair and make it easier to style your hair. To enhance your curly hair, use products that allow for more body and definition. If you have natural waves, lightly apply mousse or gel prior to blow drying. If youíre trying to achieve a stick-straight blow out, use a gel, glaze, or straightening cream to make it easier to temporarily straighten your hair.

2. Separate your hair into manageable sections, so you can clip the rest of the hair out of the way while you work on each section. Practice holding a brush in one hand and the dryer in the other, so you can hold the section down with the brush, then blow hair from the top down.

3. To achieve a sleek, straight look, the blow dryer needs to be pointed downwards, from the top of the hair down to the ends. This will direct the cuticle to lay down and keep frizz and fuzz away. Donít flip your hair upside down to dry it, as this will enhance volume and encourage the cuticle to stay open.

4. If you want to keep your curls, use a diffuser attachment on the end of your dryer, or just gently ďscrunchĒ your hair as you blow it out. To get longer, looser curls, blow dry your hair as usual, then use low heat and pull the curls down with your fingers.

5. End your blow out with a cool shot. The heat from the dryer opens your cuticle; a cool shot will help close the cuticle and seal in your new style.

Try not to blow dry your hair every day. If you are going to, try to use a lower heat and make sure and always use a heat protectant styling product. Also, once your hair is dry, donít use your blow dryer for more style. Using more heat can cause breakage and dry your hair out.

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