Skip to main content

How to Blow Dry Hair to Create Volume

In a world full of complicated hair tricks, getting your hair to look fuller is as simple as, well, washing your hair and plugging in your hair dryer.


  • Step 1: Blot hair dry Gently blot your hair dry with a towel.
  • TIP: Wash your hair with a volumizing shampoo and a little light conditioner for the best results.
  • Step 2: Apply serum Apply a heat-protective serum to your hair according to the product directions.
  • Step 3: Work in product With your fingers, work in a volumizing product according to its directions.
  • TIP: Choose a volumizing product based on your hair type or the look you're trying to achieve.
  • Step 4: Attach diffuser Attach the diffuser to your blow-dryer, and bend over to dry the roots of your hair upside-down for a moment, on a medium heat and speed.
  • TIP: For an extra boost at the roots, massage your scalp in small circular motions, clockwise and counter-clockwise.
  • Step 5: Part hair Stand upright and part a line around the back of your head from ear to ear, and clip the top section of hair up.
  • Step 6: Attach nozzle Replace the diffuser with a nozzle.
  • Step 7: Position brush Pull a lock of hair from the lower section and place a large rounded brush under it near your scalp.
  • Step 8: Blow-dry hair Blow-dry the hair from just above the brush as you rotate it, pulling your hair out and away from your scalp.
  • TIP: For extra volume, "over-direct" your hair
  • Step 9: Continue drying Continue drying one lock of hair at a time until the lower section of hair is completely dry, then repeat with the top section.
  • Step 10: Use hair spray Spritz your hair with hair spray, concentrating at the roots. Now you
  • FACT: Aerosmith's 1987 hair-metal hit "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" was inspired by the long tresses of fellow rockers Mötley Crüe.

You Will Need

  • A head of wet hair
  • A heat-protective serum
  • A volumizing product
  • A blow-dryer with a diffuser and nozzle
  • A few hair clips
  • A large rounded hairbrush
  • And some hair spray
  • A volumizing shampoo (optional)
  • And a volumizing conditioner (optional)

Popular Categories