You want to make the most out of your hairdryer, but you don’t know how. You’ve resorted to a towel or air drying your whole life, but you’re not getting the results you want. If that sounds like you, don’t worry, because it’s not that hard once you get the basics down. Using a hairdryer is best for men that are concerned with their thinning hair, need more volume, need to control their hair, or just overall getting their hair looking more put-together.
It might be easier to go to the salon and get it done by a professional, but in this time of quarantine, going out to look done up may not sound desirable right now. That’s why we have provided some simple steps and tips and tricks on how to use a hair dryer for men below.
How to use a hair dryer for men
1. Wet your hair
Especially if you have some product from the day before in your hair, you should be working with somewhat damp hair. Jump in the shower, go through your usual shampoo and conditioner routine, then towel dry your hair to a good slightly wet level. At this point, you can apply your styling products and/or after you dry your hair – both before and after work!
2. Protect your hair with a heat protectant
You can’t avoid heat damage when using a hairdryer. Get yourself some heat protectant spray or balm into your hair to prevent frizz, damaged ends, etc. The best part about investing in heat protectants is that some of them act as styling products as well, giving you a two-in-one product!
3. Adjust the heat
Here’s where the fun starts. Hairdryers have heat levels programmed in them, and it would be wise of you to take advantage of them rather than going for the highest heat level and getting the job done rashly. Try investing in an ionic dryer; they work to dry hair faster.
Tip: Generally, the thicker your hair is, the higher the heat should be. However, a good rule of thumb is to keep it at a medium level to be safe. Note that there are also hairdryer options for people with finer hair.
4. Move the dryer around
The key to drying your hair is to keep it moving while you dry. If you leave your hairdryer blasting at one spot on your head, you’re sure to do a few bad things: burn your scalp, burn your hair, create unwanted frizz, over-drying out your hair, create heat damage, etc.
To give each section of your hair equal love, here’s a pro tip: keep the dryer at least 6 inches away. That way, you’ll have space to style your hair while it dries and you won’t ruin your hair in the long run.
5. Move with purpose
If you want your hair to set a certain way, don’t just go crazy with the hairdryer without direction. Do it that way and you’ll end up with the bed head you were trying to get rid of! Make sure you dry your hair in the direction you want your hair to be to get your desired hairstyle.
The trick to making sure you have control of your hair while getting it to go the direction you want is to start drying at the roots. That way once you have your foundation set, it’s all good from there.
Tip: For more volume, point the hairdryer up from root to tip and if you want a flattering hairstyle, do the opposite and point it downwards against your hair.
6. Use your attachments
Most hair dryers come with attachments, and you have no idea what they are, what to do with them, and what their importance is. Don’t toss them out!
The diffuser is that attachment that is wide and usually has spike-like things on them. It’s for curly hair or those who want to achieve curly hair. It’s wide in order to evenly distribute the airflow to keep curls looking natural.
The concentrator is narrow and looks somewhat like an attachment for a vacuum. It’s actually for your hairdryer, and for those who want their hair to look more straight and sleek. Since it concentrates the airflow and heat more, keep the heat low so you don’t burn your hair, and because often with concentrators you have to keep it close to your hair to target specific sections.
7. Finish off with a cold shot
Hairdryers also usually come with a cold shot button that is blue and sometimes has a snowflake on it. Pressing this button does exactly what it’s called – it releases a cold shot of air. Cold air closes the air cuticle, so using this function is best for right when you’re finishing off the drying process to lock your hairstyle in place and cool down your hair from all the heat it was just exposed to.
So you see, using a hairdryer is not a difficult task. If you follow the steps above, you should master the art of using a hairdryer in no time. If you do not have one already, there are some great affordable options and best picks you can look into for an optimal experience. There are even options that are best when you are traveling. Whatever your preference, you can find something that works best for you.
Written by Genela Cereno and Christine Quist