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How to adapt your blow-dry skills for all clients

On a daily basis, hairdressers will have a variety of clientele coming into the salon who will have different hair types. But we’ve discovered a blow-dry technique for each main hair type courtesy of Tangle Teezer so that you can tackle your clients’ blow-dry needs with confidence

SHORT HAIR
If your client has short hair, Tangle Teezer recommends using the Large Blow-Styling Round Tool and Full Size Blow-Styling Smoothing Tool.
STEP 1:
With the Large Blow-Styling Round Tool, use a 90º angle and dry the hair upwards for uplifted and smooth roots.

STEP 2:
When you reach the ends of the hair, rotate and follow the tool with the hairdryer to create smooth, rounded ends.
STEP 3:
To smooth the hairline and tame flyaways, switch to the Full Size Blow-Styling Smoothing Tool. Pick the hair up using the side of the tool and draw it outwards, following the direction of the hair with the hairdryer. This change in direction creates extra tension and smooths the hair.
RESULT:
The blow-dry has achieved sleek, smooth and voluminous hair with rounded ends and the classic bob shape.

CURLY HAIR:
If your client has curly hair, Tangle Teezer recommends using the Thick & Curly detangling hairbrush and the Large or Small Blow-Styling Round Tool.
STEP 1:
Start detangling at the ends of the hair to avoid tugging using the Thick & Curly detangling hairbrush. Work your way up to the root until all the hair is detangled and you can easily brush from the roots to the ends. When knots and tangles have been removed, brush through following the shape of the head in downward strokes or turn the hairbrush around and draw the hair outwards.
STEP 2:
Overdirect the hair to create more tension, resulting in smoother curls. Take your section of hair and draw it through the Large Blow-Styling Round Tool in the opposite direction to where it would naturally go.
For tighter, more-defined curls, use the same technique but with the Small Blow-Styling Round Tool.
STEP 3:
As the hair passes through the Large Blow-Styling Round Tool, rotate it in a corkscrew motion allowing it to bevel around the barrel to emphasise the curls. Do not completely wrap or roll the hair around the tool – a simple rotation is all you need.
RESULT:
The blow-dry has achieved big, bouncy and voluminous hair with every curl looking smooth and defined.

COLOURED HAIR
If your client has coloured hair, Tangle Teezer recommends using the Large Blow-Styling Smoothing Tool.
STEP 1:
Bring down the speed and the heat on your hairdryer for this blow-dry as it needs to be gentle for this type of hair. Pick up the hair at the root and the free-flow tension of the Blow-Styling Smoothing Tool won’t pull or stretch the hair. Instead it glides through easily and reduces stress and damage.
STEP 2:
Using the Blow-Styling Smoothing Tool, glide through the hair, following the direction of the hair with the hairdryer until dry.
RESULT:
The Blow-Styling Smoothing Tool was used on this hair type as the hair is sensitised. By using a low temperature and this tool, stress on the hair is minimised. As you can see from the photo, this blow-dry has achieved healthier-looking hair with great shine, smoother roots and ends.

EXTENSIONS
If your client has hair extensions, Tangle Teezer recommends using the Full Size Blow-Styling Smoothing Tool.
STEP 1:
Unlike with Tangle Teezer’s previous blow-drying techniques, do not place the Blow-Styling Smoothing Tool right at the root of the hair, but instead place it just after the bonds.
STEP 2:
Follow the direction of the Blow-Styling Smoothing Tool with reduced heat. Due to the free-flow tension of the teeth, there is reduced pulling and tension on the extension bonds.
STEP 3:
When brushing the bonds, the extensions won’t become dry or over-damaged as you need less heat when using this tool. Using this tool will also reduce the amount of time you’ll spend blow-drying extensions.
RESULT:
The blow-dry has achieved fully blended hair with plenty of shine. The extensions look refreshed, in fabulous condition and are likely to last longer.