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How to Blow Dry Curly Hair

Learn how to blow dry curly hair from John Barrett Salon hair artist Dhiran Mistry in this Howcast video.


Dhiran Mistry: Hi everybody, my name's Dhiran Mistry, and I work at the John Barrett Salon in Bergdorf Goodman. And today, I'm here with Casey, and as you can see, she's got curly hair. And I am going to show you how to blow dry curly hair. So, first things first, when the hair is wet, you don't want to play with it too much. So, after washing, don't towel-dry it, just squeeze out the excess water. You can leave in some conditioner, whilst you're washing it. But the best thing to do, is to not play around with the curls too much, because that will prevent big, fluffy, frizzy hair.

So as can you see, Casey's hair is quite damp. And what people should do, is just to scrunch in some curl cream, and then, either diffuse dry or let it dry naturally. So, when you have your curl cream in your hands, the best thing to do, is just to scrunch it up from the bottom, and work your way up to the top. You don't want to put too much product on the root obviously, because that's going to make the hair greasy. But curls, they like product. Right? The curls seem to drink it up. 

So, just scrunch in your product, and then, you're good to go. So, what you need is a diffuser. If you don't have a diffuser, then some people like to put a sock or something over the end of the dryer, just to contain the pressure of the hairdryer. The more powerful the hairdryer, the more it's going to blast the curls, and you'll lose the shape of the curls. So, I would put the dryer on a high heat but a low speed. The other thing you can do, when you are drying curly hair, is if you want to have a little bit more volume, you can flick your head upside down. And that will just lift the roots up, slightly.

This is also a very good way of getting the back of the hair, the underneath parts, dry as well. What you want to do with the diffuser, is just gently press it against the hair, moving it around, not to overheat the hair too much, because you'll end up burning the hair, and drying out too much. So, keep moving the diffuser around. So, always remember to keep moving the hair around, and keep moving the dryer around.

So, now you see the hair's completely dry. Just scrunch up those curls, to break up the rigidness, because they kind of stick together, quite a bit. So, that will be the product. So, what you want to do, is just scrunch it up. It's fine to touch now, it's dry. So, just break up some of those curls, just to make it a bit softer. Put it in its place, and there you have it. That's how we do a curly hair blow dry.

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