blow dry hair like a pro

If life was fair, we'd all wake up every day with perfect hair. It would be glossy and full of volume, just like when you leave the salon. 

Top Wellington hairdresser Matt Forsman says it's totally possible to get a great blowout at home - you just need the right tools, and some practise. 

Forsman breaks down a quality home blow dry into four steps from wet hair. Of course, you'll be wanting to start with thoroughly shampooed and conditioned hair, but assuming that's out of the way, here's your course of action. 

Step one

First off, towel-dry your hair thoroughly. The more moisture you get out here, the less work you'll have to do with the dryer and the less heat you'll apply to your hair. 

With that done, apply your styling aid and comb it through. Forsman recommends a combination of thickening spray and shine serum, with the latter going just on the ends. 

Step two

Now you want to tip your head forward and work through section by section, keeping tension on your hair as you guide the dryer from root to tip. 

Forsman says this is where a lot of people go wrong. You want to get your hair 95 per cent dry in this step, but it can be tempting to stop at about 70. 

That's a mistake, Forsman says. 

"The dryer you get it here, the better, and remember that the lower your head is the more volume you'll create." 

The higher the hair, the closer to God, so keep your head down.

Step three

This is probably the hardest step to master, but the most satisfying when you get it right. You'll need to section off the top half of your hair, and with a round brush work through the bottom. 

Pick up each piece with the brush, and direct the air down the hair, moving once again from root to tip. Forsman recommends using a medium heat here, and concentrating on pulling your hair away from your head with the brush. 

Round brushes are intimidating, but he says you don't need to get fancy and spin it. It's about keeping tension on your hair, and you can do that without making a mess. 

Once you've made it around your head like this, go back in and set it with cool air. That's how you'll get that shine. 

Step four

Depending on how much hair you have, you might need to divide what's left of your hair in half again, or you might be okay to blow out the rest of it in one go. 

You'll know if you've got heaps of hair, because hairdressers will likely have been telling you your whole life. 

Regardless, repeat the process of step three and finish your whole head with cold air for a particularly glossy look. 

With practise, you'll get faster, better results. 

"When you do it right, it'll last all week," Forsman says, and that's the kind of efficiency I can get behind. 

Do you have a trick for blow drying your hair at home? Share your advice with us in the comments below.

Written by Harriet Pudney. First appeared on

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