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How To Curl Your Hair With A Blow Dryer Brush

Last Updated on November 30, 2021

How To Curl Your Hair With A Blow Dryer Brush

So everyone dreams of having a salon-worthy blowout every single day, and with something as simple as a blow dryer brush, it is that much easier.

But can you really create voluminous curls with a blow dryer brush?

Absolutely and it’s actually much easier than you may think! It’s all about how you turn the brush and using some pro tips from myself, and every day will be a good hair day.

Since your blow dryer and round brush are all in one handy tool, you can create super bouncy curls without the stress or feeling like you’re running out of hands.

But wait, let me tell you something.

Whether you have curly hair or straight hair, all hair types can benefit from using a heated brush to style your hair. It saves damaging your hair with curling irons too.

I’m going to go through all the nitty-gritty details on how to curl your hair with a hot air brush easily and quickly, so stay tuned; you don’t want to miss this!

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How To Curl Hair With A Blow Dryer Brush:

The bouncy blowout isn’t the only thing that hot air brushes can do; the best are super versatile and can tackle a wide range of hairstyles, such as a sleek straight finish to bouncy curls.

Step One: Leave Your Hair To Partially Dry:

The first thing you’ll want to do is section your hair and rough-dry to remove any excess moisture; it is best to use a blow dryer brush on damp and not wet hair– sectioning will make styling with the brush head much easier.

The top tip is not to use a blow dryer brush on wet hair; it is best to leave your hair to air dry for a little while (not 100%) for the best results.

You can wrap your hair up in a towel for half an hour or so before using a hot air brush; this will help absorb any excess moisture out of the hair strands.

I would recommend that you use a microfiber towel over your regular cotton bath towel. This is much gentler on hair and will prevent your hair from going frizzy.

Working with damp, not soaking wet hair is best when using a blow dryer brush; for some blow dryer brushes, you can even use it on dry hair to revive your style days after!

Step Two: Apply Heat Protectant:

When styling your hair using any hot tools, you should always apply a heat protectant no matter what hair type you have. Straight hair, curly hair, wavy hair, we need to protect our luscious locks.

After hopping out of the shower, apply some heat protectant on your damp hair, brush it through your strands to help evenly distribute the product before you blow-dry.

Some heat protectants also work as detangling sprays to prevent tugging or snagging when detangling. You can either use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to detangle.

Heat protectants create a seal over the ends of your hair and shield your hair from heat damage when blow-drying and using other tools like a flat iron.

Most heat protectants will protect you up to 450°F/230°C.

Step Three: Work In Sections:

The key to blow-drying to create waves is to work in sections, starting underneath and working to the top of your head. It will ensure no areas are missed when you dry your hair.

Part your hair from ear to ear, creating a top and bottom section. Clip the top section out the way and part the bottom of the hair, bringing each side to the front of your shoulders.

Let’s break down all the curls you can create using your hairdryer.

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How To Create Loose Waves:

Loose waves are perfect for all occasions, and they are easy to blow dry– this is the proper salon blowout look.

After following the first few steps– not skipping the heat protectant! Section your hair into four-inch sections and start wrapping this around your round brush blow dryer.

Create tension and twirl as you go down the hair, curl your hair around the brush and hold for a few sections and then start to glide it down your hair while maintaining the tension.

The barrel on your hair dryer should start to warm up the hair and help the curl maintain its shape.

Wrap the curl around your fingers and then clip it on top of your head or hold it in your hand for a few seconds for it to cool.

Make sure you curl away from your face around the front, but you can either curl your whole head in the same direction or alternate for more natural curls.

Work your way to the back of your head and hold the brush vertically, twisting away from your head; if you want a little extra lift on top, you can hold your brush horizontally for that bouncy finish.

For a bouncy look, use bobby pins to pin it to your head; this will help the curl retain its shape as you curl the rest of your hair.

Once your curls have completely cooled, release your curls, removing one pin at a time. Then flip your head upside down and give your head a little shake to tousle up the waves.

Give your hair a little spritz of hair spray or texturizing spray– you can even use the volumizing spray if you need a little extra boost.

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How To Create Bouncy Curls Using A Blow Dryer Brush:

Want to go big and bouncy with your curls? Well, there are a couple of ways you can create this look using your blow dryer brush.

The size of each section will depend on the size of the curl you’d like to go for; if you want quite big, bouncy curls, then go for big sections; if you want quite small, tight curls, then small sections are better.

Spray your hair with volumizing spray before starting; also, make sure your hair is quite damp before using your hairdryer.

You want volume for these curls, so make sure you try to lift the root using a hot air brush; this will help create volume.

So top tip every time you lift the brush, pull the hair upward, so wrap, lift and pull the hair as you go. Take a small section roughly the same size as your blow-drying round brush.

Roll the brush-up and down your hair, creating tension and twirling as you go down your hair. As soon as that section has dried, roll it in your fingers to create a donut with your hair and pin it up on top of your head.

Spray it down with some hair spray and then move onto the next section.

You can either pin your curls on top of your head as you blow-dry or use velcro rollers– this is brilliant if you want a little extra volume.

Once your hair has completely cooled, use a boar bristle brush to brush the curls, this will form a softer wave as a result, but if you prefer the curls tighter, then just use your fingers to break down the curls slightly.

Flip your head upside and give your roots a little shake, and then you’ll be left with voluminous curls.

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How To Create Beachy Waves:

Now, this is a personal favorite of mine; it’s super easy to do when you blow-dry your hair, and it looks super natural– it is the effortless-looking wave that will be sure to turn heads.

You’ll want to create large sections for this, guide the heated brush down your hair, and twirl as you go down; once your hair is completely wrapped around the barrel, hold it for a few seconds.

This will create a similar curl to the one above, but the important thing is the step after, you’re going to grab a wide-tooth comb or boar bristle brush and run it through your hair.

Brushing your curls will loosen the curl shape and leave more of a wave.

What Blow Dryer Brush Should I use?

You will find on the market that there is most commonly two different types of airbrushes, oval-shaped or a round brush shape. But which one is better for curling?

The best way to create a curl is to use a round brush; this is because it mimics the curl’s shape; for an oval shape brush, it will be more of a wave.

Both are brilliant for creating volume and a bouncy blowout, but if you want more of a defined curl, I would recommend going for the round brush.

Check out my full guide here for my top recommendations!

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My blow dryer brush is a staple in my beauty routine; I use it whenever I wash my hair to create the bouncy wave I crave.

Plus, what’s brilliant about the hairdryer brush is that it is super quick and easy to use– you don’t need to be an expert in hairdressing to achieve the effortless curly blowout.

Check out my guide below of the top recommendations below and get hold of one right now; you won’t regret it!

You will receive endless compliments from people asking where you got your hair done– don’t worry, your secret is safe with me.

Let’s boss our hair days, ladies!

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