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If you are keen to length­en your hair but do not have the time or patience for heat­less meth­ods such as African thread­ing or curl­form­ers, then blow dry­ing will be your go to method. There are a few rules that you should fol­low when blow dry­ing and the­se include:

- Nev­er blow dry drip­ping wet hair, this water can cause bub­bles to form inside your hair shaft. Damp or tow­el dried hair that is not drip­ping is fine.
— Always use a heat pro­tec­tant of your choice
— To max­imise move­ment and body of the hair, aim to use as lit­tle pro­duct as pos­si­ble and focus instead on spread­ing thin and even lay­ers on all the hair
— Work in sec­tions and avoid very high heat
— Find a method of blow dry­ing that gives you the least break­age or dam­age.

For this final tip, here are 4 meth­ods of blow dry­ing that you can study and decide which best suits your hair.

1. The Ten­sion Method

This is the most gen­tle method of all the blow dry meth­ods requir­ing just the dry­er and your hands to cre­ate ten­sion. If you pri­mar­i­ly fin­ger detan­gle your hair and rarely use a comb, this method is for you. In this video a con­cen­trat­ing noz­zle was not used but do use it if you have it as it will help to focus the heat bet­ter espe­cial­ly if you want a length­en­ing effect.

2. The Mod­i­fied Ten­sion Method

In prin­ci­ple, this tech­nique is near­ly iden­ti­cal to the ten­sion method, the only addi­tion is using a brush to smooth the ends of the nat­u­ral hair fur­ther out. Most peo­ple will use either a pad­dle brush or a den­man brush to do this. The advan­tage of this method is sim­ply a smoother result. Do not use this method, how­ev­er, if your hair in gen­er­al does not like brush­es.

3. The Comb Attach­ment Method

This method involves using a comb attach­ment for your hair dry­er and the advan­tage is that a much straighter result can be obtained. Again, if your hair is not hap­py with comb­ing, this method is not one you should use. Your hair should be well detan­gled before using the comb attach­ment.

4. The Round Brush Method

Using a round brush takes some prac­tice and skill to mas­ter. If your hair how­ev­er is able to with­stand medi­um to high heat, this method will be able to give you the straight­est result with quite an amount of vol­ume.

If you’re look­ing for a good qual­i­ty blow dry­er, try the Chi Rock­et Hair Dry­er, the BaByliss Pro Porce­lain Ceram­ic Dry­er and the Andis Ceram­ic Ion­ic Dry­er.

Ladies, how do you blow dry your hair? What method do you use and how fre­quent­ly do you do it?

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