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How to Blow Dry Curly Hair

Kalpana Kumari
The following story gives you some basic instructions on how to blow dry curly hair. Follow all the tips and advice to make your curly locks grab eyeballs.
Blow drying is one of many hair care techniques. Its biggest benefit for curly hair is that it keeps the curls under control, and makes them manageable. Many curly hair bearers know its importance, and do it on a regular basis. However, many among them end up having rough, frizzy hair over time.
This is because, they do not know the correct method. If you find your case to be similar to that of such unfortunate people, or are an amateur in the art of using a blow dryer, you have stumbled upon the right article. Find the stepwise instructions, to go about it, given ahead.

Without a Diffuser

Here are all the basic instructions.
  • Step 1: Comb your hair thoroughly before you shampoo it.
  • Step 2: Use a mild shampoo.
  • Step 3: Right after shampooing, apply a deep or heavy conditioner on your wet hair. Using one that is meant specifically for curly hair will work best.
  • Step 4: Leave the conditioner on for about 3-5 minutes. This will allow good absorption.
  • Step 5: Wash off the conditioner well. Keep rinsing till the hair does not feel slippery.
  • Step 6: Run your fingers through the strands, and massage your scalp.
  • Step 7: Wrap your wet hair in a towel for a couple of minutes. The towel will absorb excess of moisture.
  • Step 8: Apply a heat-protective, blow drying lotion to protect those gorgeous locks from excessive heat. Apply it in sections to get the full effect on your hair.
  • Step 9: Apply a good quality hair mousse. Avoid its application on the scalp or hair roots, as you may end up with oily or greasy hair.
  • Step 10: Try twisting your hair strands with your fingers. This will give a smooth effect after drying.
  • Step 11: Set the blow dryer on a high temperature, but keep the fan speed low.
  • Step 12: Blow dry your hair, beginning from the lower part. Do not over-dry your hair. Let it remain slightly damp.

With a Diffuser

Blow drying curly hair, without a diffuser, may make it frizzy and unmanageable. Therefore, use a quality diffuser. While performing all the above mentioned steps, fit a diffuser to the end of the blow dryer in step 11. Make sure that the diffuser is fixed well, and cover up the stream of air completely.

Straightening Curls With a Blow Dryer

You can use a blow dryer to make your curly hair look straight for a couple of hours. Perform the first 8 steps as explained above.
  • Step 9: Divide your hair in small sections, and clip them up separately. This will help you work on them individually.
  • Step 10: Take a section from the front, and comb it well with a thick brush starting from the roots.
  • Step 11: Pull it away from your head. Keep it stretched and straight while you blow dry it.
  • Step 12: Run the dryer on the underside of the section first. Blow drying hair in this manner will straighten your hair.
  • Step 13: Repeat the above steps for each section to straighten your entire hair.
There are very small differences between the wrong and right techniques of blow drying curly hair. You need to understand these differences well. Blow dry curly hair only when you have enough time on your hands.
Air drying curly hair might not do much good to you, but will definitely save your hair from becoming frizzy, dull, and rough. The look of your hair reflects your personality to a great extent. Try to keep them clean, conditioned, shiny, and full of life always, with the help of these methods.