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How to: Achieve a salon-perfect blow dry at home for your hair extensions

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We asked Victoria’s Secret stylist Patrick Wilson for a guide on how to look like you’ve just stepped out of the salon. With party season fast approaching, make sure your tresses are dressed to perfection.

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Patrick, principal stylist at Electric Hairdressing, Harvey Nichols and member of the prestigious GHD Art Team, knows a thing or two about achieving the perfect blow dry and arguably, the most important part, making it last all night!

Get the low-down here and take note ladies, if you don’t have your very own Patrick on speed dial, this is the next best thing to try at home!

 

Products needed:

L’Oreal Tecni Art Volume Riche Mousse

Beauty Works Heat Protection Spray

L’Oreal Pli Thermo-Fixing Spray

Beauty Works Blow-dry Barrel Brush (25mm)

Beauty Works Boar and Nylon Paddle Brush

GHD Curve soft tong

Beauty Works High Shine Spray

 

Ten top tips to getting your home blow-dry right

  • After you wash your hair, you want to make sure to towel dry it has much as you possibly can. Getting the excess moisture out of your hair will help you get the maximum effect out of the products you are using and saves styling time.
  • Choose a brush that is suitable for your hair extensions. Try the Beauty Works Boar and Nylon paddle brush which detangles hair extensions and long hair. Comb through starting from the ends, working your way up towards the root.
  • Start by applying the Volume Riche mouse and a few pumps of Beauty Works Heat Protection spray. Then spritz the hair with a setting spray, this gives a great foundation to any blow dry. I prefer to use the L’Oreal thermo-fixing spray.
  • When blow-drying, the key is to divide the hair into manageable sections; the secret is that each section shouldn’t be wider than the width of the brush. Work through each section and lift your hair away from the scalp using a round brush to build volume from the root.
  • Use a ceramic brush, like the Beauty Works Boar Bristle blow dry brush as this allows the hair to heat up quickly, saving styling time and smoothing out the cuticle.
  • Leaving your hair to set by letting it cool down on the brush before moving on to the next section will make your style last longer. Repeat this process throughout the whole of the hair.
  • Once the hair is completely dry, take a large tong to style the hair. My favourite is the GHD Curve soft tong as it gives great movement and bounce to the hair.
  • To tong, divide the head into four sections (like a hot cross bun). Starting with the front two, take small sections of hair at a time and wrap around the tong going away from the face i.e. the left side going to the left, right side to the right. Leave the tong on each section for about 6-8 seconds, ensuring the heat has evenly distributed through the hair shaft.
  • Leave the hair to cool down for a few minutes, then spray with hair spray and finish with a light coating of Beauty Works High Shine spray to give a glossy polish.
  • Brush out the curl to soften and dress the shape in a downward motion.

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Blow-dry mistakes you might be making:

You never want to start a blow dry with soaking wet hair. If you start with really wet hair, it’s just going to take you longer to dry. That’s a mistake a lot of women make. Squeeze out the moisture.

Without the right products the style won’t hold, so getting the initial prep correct is key! Invest in products that will protect your hair from heat and produce a high shine.

Always use the nozzle of the hairdryer, this smooths out the cuticle and directs the air motion over the hair to prevent frizz!

Different brushes produce different results so make sure you are choosing the right one for your mane. For a sleek and straight style, use a paddle brush. For volume, use a barrel brush (the barrel’s size will determine the size of the curl or curve).

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