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Masterclass the Perfect Blow Dry For Volume

The perfect voluminous blow dry is the look that everyone wants. Want to know how to blow dry hair with volume? It’s easier than you think to get volume at the roots and use a hairdryer to create a beautiful bouncy look. Promise.

A blow dry can define your style whether you have thick or fine hair that’s curly, wavy or straight. You can achieve a salon look from the comfort of your bedroom whenever you want. Use the right techniques and hair products and your dream blow dry will become a reality. True story.

Follow this easy masterclass from our founders Paul & Adam. Dryers at the ready? Here we go.

Pump up the volume

girl showing how to shampoo and conditon

Great hair starts in the shower™. Starting with a good shampoo and conditioner sets you on the right track for a supersize blow dry. Try a volumising shampoo and conditioner such as Bountifully Bouncy Volumising Shampoo and Conditioner to cleanse, nourish and give body.

girl combing styling product through hair

After towel drying, comb in your styling product with a wide tooth comb. Protect your hair from heat and prep for the blow dry of your dreams. Use The Perfect Blow Dry Makeover Spray for a mind-blowing boost. You’ll get a longer-lasting, super glossy blow dry. Spray onto damp hair and comb through. If you have fine hair, try Smoothed, Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil for Fine Hair. It’s a marvellous multi-tasker that smells simply divine. Use 2 to 3 pumps and warm in hands, apply to hair before styling products. It helps fine hair look incredible, adding volume at the root while smoothing and it has an utterly weightless finish.

To really lift your hair to new heights, try Up, Up & Away Root Lift Mousse. This is a spray that magically transforms into a mousse, giving life and body to your roots. It will put you on the fast track to a heavenly blow dry.

Adam says,

“Big, beautiful hair never goes out of fashion. Up, Up & Away Root Lift Mousse is my product of choice to provide more hold and guts directly at the roots with ease, while keeping the natural movement in the hair lengths.”

It really is a little beauty.

Here's how to use it:

Apply to towel dried hair. Lift hair in sections and spray into the roots. (This product has a handy targeted nozzle that makes it super easy to use.) Repeat throughout the hair and comb through before blow drying.

Go with the flow

girl blow drying hair

Right after a hair wash, lift the hair at the roots with your fingers and blast the hairdryer a few inches away from your scalp. Always use a nozzle on the hairdryer and direct the airflow in the direction of the hair throughout.

Adam says,

“Always have the hot air from the dryer blowing down the hair shafts. This will flatten the cuticle and prevent frizz or static.”

Next, you’ll work to get the look you want by sectioning and using a round brush. Are you ready for action?

Super sectioning & creating Bardot bounce

Set yourself up for success with super sectioning. Sectioning makes your blow dry much easier and keeps wet hair separate from finished hair.

Take a section of your hair in your hands and clip it out of the way. You need to work on a small section of hair at a time and clip the rest of the hair neatly away. You want to dry around a one and a half inch section at a time using a medium-sized or large round brush to get some bounce into the hair when blow drying. Now make your moves.

  • Using your round brush, work through the hair in sections. Work each section at a time.
  • Blow dry each section in a downward movement and work the brush all the way down the hair shaft. You need the air to flow down the hair to avoid pulling the cuticle in the wrong direction, which can lead to breakage.
  • Get the airflow right into the roots and blow downwards towards the tips of the hair. Lifting your hair at the root as you dry each section helps to create good bounce. Adam says,

“Lift the hair up from the root and dry from root to tip. If you dry the root first by lifting the hair away, you will get a great, full foundation in the hair.”

  • Keep going with this technique until your hair is dry. And you’ve got volume. Voila.

Finish with finesse

Hairspray directions

When hair is dry, hit the cool button for about a minute to fix your style into place. Then finish your look with hairspray and volumising spray. This will hold the look you’ve worked for. Adam says,

“Once you have achieved the volume you want it’s important to seal it in. Finish your blow dry with a cold blast from the hairdryer and spray hairspray where the air is blowing to seal the style. Use product to maintain the volume such as our Big, Bold & Beautiful Dry Instant Volumising Spray.”

Try spraying a vent brush with Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray and brush all your hair through. As you brush, you’ll be pushing the hairspray into the roots and giving your look a little bit more hold. For a plumping pick-me-up, spray a healthy dose of Big, Bold & Beautiful Dry Instant Volumising Spray into the roots. Shake the can well and spray into the roots from underneath in an upwards direction. Massage into the roots with fingertips for luscious locks with life and volume. The perfect finish to a big bouncy blow dry.

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