As makeup artists, we can get a lot done with a good blow dryer and straightening iron but it can be a daunting task trying to section and blow-dry your own hair with a brush in one hand and dryer in another. We all get a professional blow-dry once in a while but what about those days you could not sneak in an appointment or could not afford the travel to the salon? There is an easy way out!
1. Straightening hair with a brush
You could consider a straightening brush. Two of the popular ones are Dafni and Amika. I have personally tried the Dafni and using it is a breeze. Make sure your hair is not tangled up and just brush your hair slowly. You may need to go over the same hair sections a few times but it works really well and in no time you would have smooth and straight hair. Remember that the brushes may not give you the poker straight ends you get with the straightening iron but with time I have learnt to slightly curl my ends while brushing. The brush ensures a steady and safe temperature. There are many cheaper knockoffs available online but you need to be careful and read enough reviews if price is a constraint.
2. Salon-like blow dry at home
I never thought it would be possible to achieve a decent blow-dry at home without the salon equipment until I tried Amika Blowout Babe Thermal Brush. As you can see, it is a round brush and blow dryer in one. This can take a little getting used to but once you get a hang of it, it is fairly easy. I must mention that the blowout you get with this brush is pretty good but may fall short of a good salon blowout in the hands of professionals. It is, in my opinion, a good tool to have for self styling during travel or when you cannot go to the salon for a special occasion. And maybe you could enjoy more evening dinners with great hair!
Another fancy hair styling tool is the Dyson Airwrap styler that I am looking to try in the future and may write about it sometime.
Whether styling your hair at home or at a salon, make sure your scalp/hair is not oily and always use a heat protectant. My current go-to is Kerastase Nectar Thermique.