How to blow-dry for curly hairstyle

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For those with curly hair, styling it every day can be a serious struggle, especially when it comes to drying your hair. For many men and women with curly hair, they’ve had to resign to letting it air dry, otherwise they’d end up with a floppy or frizzy mess. But there are things that you can do to make blow drying your curly hair a success.

The most important thing you need to do is pick the right products before you ever pick up that blow dryer. Curly hair is unique, and because of this, you need to be using products that are truly designed for people with curly hair. Using the right products can instantly cut down on fizz and define your curls, so that you’ll have a better finished look after styling.

Another thing you need to do before grabbing the blow dryer is get a good routine in place for washing and conditioning your hair. While a lot of people you think you simply throw shampoo and conditioner in your hair, this isn’t really the case for those with curly hair. The way you wash and condition your hair can really make a difference. When you’re in the shower and you’re getting ready to condition your hair, take a comb and comb your conditioner through your hair evenly.

Immediately after getting out of the shower, apply the products you’ve selected for your curly hair type when your hair is till damp. This is important because if you do it when your hair is still wet, it’s easier to shape your curls and lock in moisture. While you want a formulation for curly hair, gel, mousse and hair spray will do the trick. It’s also a good idea to invest in a serum or leave in conditioner that’s meant to combat frizz – a problem many people with curly hair have.

Once you get to the blow-drying, it’s time to be careful. If you have time, it’s a good idea to give your hair a little bit to air dry, so you’re not blow-drying it when it’s completely wet. It makes it easier to dry overall, and it gives your hair some more time to suck in moisture.

Using a diffuser attachment on your blow dryer is going to make a big difference. A diffuser will allow you to dry your hair while minimizing frizz and maximizing your shaping ability with your curls. For an even look, you can clip your hair into sections and do it one at a time. Another good idea is to also dry your hair upside down, which boosts the volume in your look.

And put that brush down, if you can. People with curly hair should avoid brushing once their hair is dry and styled, because it creates frizz, excess volume and it takes away definition in the curls. By following these tips, you’ll be able to dry your curly hair while still making sure that your hair is moisturized, frizz free and looking your best.

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