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How To Use A Blow Dryer Brush

Last Updated on November 30, 2021

How To Use A Blow Dryer Brush:

So many of us may have heard of the legendary blowdryer brush that makes salon blowouts at home that much easier.

If you’re a little cack-handed like me, then you know the struggle of trying to hold the round brush and hair-dryer at the same time.

Investing in a hot air brush is brilliant; it saves you time while styling and allows you to create some pretty incredible blowout styles.

Juggling a round brush and a blow dryer is no easy task; it adds time to your routine but also exposes your strands to more heat damage as you scramble to hold everything.

But what if I told you something…

Hot air brushes are the answer to your prayers; a round brush blow dryer is so much easier to use. No more going through two rounds of heat styling, along with a workout and a half trying to style your hair.

Want to know more about this latest craze? Well, stay tuned; I’m here to tell you everything you need to know about styling your hair with a hot hair dryer brush.

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What Is A Blow Dryer Brush?

Well, the name really describes itself when it comes to the blow dryer brush, but what exactly is a blow dryer brush, and why use it on your hair?

Well, it is a corded round brush that blows heat from the inside out to dry your hair as you brush, twirl and style your hair.

It comes with your blow dryer with your round brush, so you only need one tool to style your hair. Hot air brushes have taken the world by storm.

If you’re looking for waves or curls or a bouncy blowout, then it may be best to go for a round brush, but if you’re looking for a sleek straight hair finish, then paddle brush is your top choice.

How To Use A Paddle Hot Air Brush

Looking to use a hot air blow dryer brush to blow dry your hair straight? Well, you should look for a paddle brush; it will help smooth hair and create volume.

This type of hot air brush looks like a regular paddle hairbrush, except it heats up using a control panel, and the heat comes through the heat of the brush.

The bristles are often made of nylon, silicone, or even ceramic. It is designed to conduct heat gently without damaging it.

Paddle hot airbrushes are better for hair than hair straighteners as they glide through the strands without clamping hair between hot plates.

Some of the paddle hot airbrushes work on damp hair, but not all do, so make sure you’re choosing one that acts as a blow dryer brush too. Remember to towel dry first, too.

I love the paddle brush because the bristles are very flexible, so they don’t snag or pull on hair; they work well to replace a flat iron or other styling tools.

What You’ll Need To Do:

Before you dry your hair with any hot airbrush, make sure you wash your hair beforehand and use plenty of conditioners, especially if your hair is particularly dry or chemically treated.

Always remember to apply a heat-protective spray and make sure it can protect your strands up to the heat expected to use on your hair.

Also, remember to towel dry your strands or leave them to air dry until your hair is roughly 50-70% dry. You don’t want to use this brush on soaking wet hair.

I would recommend you use a microfiber towel to absorb moisture effectively, and it is much more gentle on strands than your cotton towel.

Section your hair into small sections, starting at the back of your head. Brush it through from the top of your head through the root.

Gently glide it through each section until each section of hair is dry, and style your hair if you want your hair straight and voluminous.

Apply some hair serum after you’ve finished using your hair tools to help lock in moisture and shine.

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How To Use A Hot Brush To Style Your Hair:

Now onto how you use a round hot air brush to style your hair. Whether you want your hair straight or a bouncy blowout, your rounded air brush can give you the blowdry of your dreams.

Step One: Leave Your Hair To Partially Dry:

Top tip is to not use a blow dryer brush on wet hair; it is best to leave your hair to 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.

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.

Apply some heat protectant to your damp hair and brush it through your strands to help evenly distribute the product before you blow-dry and help ease any tangles.

It creates a seal over the ends of your hair and acts as a shield for your hair. The majority of heat protectants will protect your hair up to 450°F/230°C. They’ll also last up to 4 hours. 

It provides a protective barrier on the hair shaft to protect the cuticles from high levels of heat. It is a leave-in conditioner used just before heat styling.

You will typically find that heat protectant is available in a spray, cream, oil, or serum formula. They can also contain ingredients that help tame frizz, condition, protect from humidity and even add shine. 

Step Three: Work In Sections:

You’ll next want to work in sections. The best way to use a dryer brush is to section your hair using claw clips and work underneath to the top of 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.

Step Four: Wrap Your Hair Around The Brush:

Working in sections, wrap the blow dry hair brush around the section of hair, around 1-2 inches thick, and brush up the length of your hair.

Starting at the roots, you can use the brush to lift the roots and wrap your hair around the brush and pull the brush down your hair– without snagging or pulling.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a slight wave, you can start at the bottom and start wrapping your hair around the barrel until you reach the root.

Hold for 10-20 seconds, then slowly wind the brush downwards and unravel your hair in the process. You should have silky, frizz-free strands with a slight curl at the ends.

This will start to look more like your bouncy blowout.

Step Five Repeat For All Strands:

You can repeat either or both techniques when blow-drying your hair using a blow-dry brush. You can either alternate between the two so you can achieve the ultimate bouncy blowout look.

Or, if you prefer your hair straight, create a lot of tension using the brush but don’t twirl as you go down.

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.

Step Six Touch Up:

You’ll then want to use the hot airbrush to touch up your roots or areas on your hair that need a little extra bounce– especially if you have fine hair.

I love the hot air brush because all hair types can benefit from it, especially if there are multiple heat settings so that you can alternate based on your hair type.

Once you’re happy, you can apply a little bit of serum or oil to the ends of your hair to lock in moisture and shine. You can also spray some volume spray to add a little extra bounce.

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If you’re not heading over to Amazon or running to your local beauty store to grab yourself a hot air brush, you absolutely should be.

Using a hot air brush is so much easier to use, plus you have one more hand free to guide your hair through the hot air brush.

The benefits keep on coming when it comes down to using a hot air brush. No matter your hair type, anyone can benefit from hair styling using a hot air brush.

Give it a go today!

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