How to Make A Blowdry Last, According To A Hair Pro

Do you always leave the salon with a perfect blowdry, only to wake up with it looking flat and limp by the following morning? Same. Blowdry preservation is a skill, so we spoke to Tim Coward-Gough, Professional Educator & Stylist for BaBlyliss to get his top tips on making your blowdry last and look good for days. 

1. It's all about preparation

“A lot of people don’t realise how important the preparation stage is, but it really is the make-or-break. Whether you’re blowdrying at home or the salon, make sure a heat protection spray is used, and a product that will help you to achieve the effect you want. E.g. a salt spray if you’re going for beachy waves, or a mousse if you want volume.”

2. Get the blowdry right

“If you’re at the salon, it should be a given that you get the perfect blowdry, but if you’re at home, there are a few things you can do to nail it. The better your blowdry is, the longer it will last. Start by rough-drying your hair without a brush (just comb through with your fingers) until it’s 70% dry. Then once it’s damp (not wet) you can start to style it. Use a paddle brush for straight hair and a round brush for curly hair.” 

3. Turn down the heat

“The biggest mistake people make is to think that a fast speed and high temperature are best, when in fact a low speed and medium heat is the best setting to blow-dry on. Also, ending with a blast of cold air isn’t a myth – heat shapes hair but cold air sets in place. Using the cold shot setting will seal the cuticles to keep your hair in shape for longer and will make hair look smoother and shinier. 

4. Products are your BFFs

“Once it’s done, you’re going to want to use a product with some holding properties – I’d recommend a hairspray with memory hold technology. Obviously, there are different strengths of hairspray as well so if you want something hardwearing it will make your hair feel stiff and crunchy, whereas a softer spray won’t have the same hold but will mean your hair has more movement.” 

5. Keep your hands off

“My clients often tell me that their hair can’t hold a curl, but it has more to do with the fact they play with their hair too much! Try not to touch your hair once it’s been blow-dried – running your fingers through it will tease the shape out and it will drop much sooner. If you do want to loosen your curls a little, wait until your hair is cold before you do so.” 

6. (Don't) sleep on it

“To preserve your blowdry overnight, sleep with it tied up – twist it into a loose bun on top of your head and secure it with a silk scrunchie or a helix band (nothing that will kink your hair), and to stop frizz, sleep on a silk pillowcase or use a hairnet or silk hair wrap. If you have time, you can put it in pin curls – that’s probably the most effective method but it’s also the hardest.”