How To Blow Dry Different Types Of Hair – A Step By Step Tutorial

Medically reviewed by Dr. Shruti Chavan, MBBS Dermatologist
Written by Anjali Sayee

Styling your hair is not a mammoth task. All you need is a blow dryer for soft, shiny, and bouncy hair. But if not used in the right way, a blow dryer can damage your hair and make it dry. This article is a tutorial on how to blow dry your hair easily at home. We have also included some tips to follow before and after blow drying. Scroll down for more information.

How To Blow Dry The Hair – Steps To Follow

Pre – Blow Drying Tips

  • Brush your hair properly to detangle the knots. Brushing stimulates the scalp and ensures your hair is properly cleaned.
  • Wet your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water. Warm water opens the cuticles and enables hair care products to penetrate deeply.
  • Apply a deep conditioning hair mask to restore shine, hydrate the hair, and make it manageable.
  • Towel dry your hair to absorb excess moisture. Do not rub the hair vigorously as it may cause breakage.
  • Apply a serum or a heat protectant spray to prevent damage and dryness while using high heat in the blow drying process.

The Blow Drying Process

  • Separate The Hair Into Sections
Separate TheHair Into Sections


Divide clean, towel-dried hair into sections and clip it or tie a mini bun. If you have thick hair, divide each section into a bottom and top layer to manage it easily and prevent tangles. Blow dry one section at a time.

  • Set The Dryer Temperature

Set the blow dryer to the lowest temperature initially with the highest speed setting. This will help dry excess water without stripping the natural moisture and oil of the tresses. Choose a blow dryer with at least three heat settings viz. low, medium, and high and three speed settings. Avoid using high heat settings to prevent dryness.

If you want to dry your hair normally, increase the heat setting to medium for faster drying. For extra bounce and volume, use the lowest temperature and highest speed setting on your blow dryer.

  • Begin The Drying Process – Start With The Lower Sections
Begin The Drying Process– Start With The Lower Sections


Hold the hairdryer with the handle facing downwards and the mouth upwards. Start blowing on each side by targeting the lower sections of the locks.

  • Continue From Root To Tip
Continue From Root To Tip


Brush and detangle the small sections from the crown to tip. Always keep the blow dryer 15 cm away from the scalp and hold the at brush 45° angle. Choose a flat or roller brush, run the blow dryer along the hair’s length with the brush, from root to the tip, for salon-like hair at home.

  • Change The Direction (Optional)

When the hair in the lower section feels dry, change the direction of the dryer so that its mouth is downwards. Start blowing from the top and move slowly to the lower sections. Repeat this on both sides until the hair in the top section is completely dry.

  • Repeat The Steps

Repeat the above steps by blowing downwards along the sections that are left loose. Change the heat setting to medium and the speed to lowest or medium. Ensure to dry the wet roots properly and do not apply heat on the roots for more than 30 seconds.

It is important to lock the hair shine and moisture for a final finish. Check out the following steps to ensure a long-lasting, voluminous lock.

Post – Blow Drying Hair Care

  • Finish With Cold Air
Finish With Cold Air


Apply cold air after blow drying to lock in the shine. Run your fingers through the hair to blend the sections properly. If you want to add volume to your bangs, blow dry them, hold for some time, and release.

  • Apply A Hair Serum Or Hairspray
Apply A Hair Serum Or Hairspray


Finish the process by applying a hair serum to make your hair shiny. You can also use a hairspray to lock in the hairstyle. This helps boost hair shine and seal the cuticles to retain moisture.

The blow drying process changes as per your hair type. Read on to know the various processes in the following section.

Steps For Blow Drying Different Types Of Hair

  • Blow Dry Straight Hair
  1. Apply a heat protectant spray to the tresses and wait for a few minutes until the hair is dry up to 50-80%. If you have thin hair, do not apply the spray to the roots.
  2. Clip your hair in small sections.
  3. Hold a round hairbrush vertically, unclip the sections from the bottom, and roll it away from your face. Roll the brush until the end of the hair and repeat the process until your hair is completely dry. Let your locks cool down.
  4. If you want to add more volume, lift the section at the crown of your head, hold the brush horizontally, and blow dry it from the back.
  5. Run your finger through the hair to blend the sections.
  6. Finish by applying a hair serum from top to bottom. Avoid using it on the scalp.

Here’s a short video to take you through the process.


Curly hair tangles easily, and blow drying it is an extensive process. Here are the steps and a tutorial video to help you blow dry curly hair.

  • Blow Dry Curly Hair
  1. It is important to nourish curly hair as it does not allow the natural oils to travel down the tip. Prep your curly locks with natural and organic hair care products. Apply a leave-in conditioner and wrap your hair with a shower cap for deep penetration.
  2. Use a diffuser to reduce frizz and provide natural waviness. It also adds volume and body to the curls. You can also use a hair mousse or hair gel to define your curls.
  3. After washing, towel dry your hair from the roots to absorb excess water without disturbing the waves.
  4. Apply a hair serum to make the locks soft and shiny. Scrunch the waves with your hands.
  5. Begin blow drying with a diffuser– take a few sections of the hair, use the diffuser for 10-15 seconds, and repeat with another section.
  6. Diffuse the roots to add more volume and scrunch with your hands.
  7. Once your hair is almost 95% dry, detach the diffuser and use a regular blow dryer at a low speed to dry the roots.
  8. Finish by applying a hair serum gently without disturbing the wavy structure.

Here’s a video to help you out.


Adding volume to short hair while maintaining its moisture is tricky. Check out the following steps with a tutorial video to nail it.

  • Blow Dry Short Hair
  1. Prep your hair with a shampoo and conditioner.
  2. Towel dry damp hair gently without rubbing to absorb excess water.
  3. Apply hair serum to lock in the moisture and restore shine. You can also use a heat protectant spray before the blow drying process.
  4. Brush your hair gently with a wide-toothed comb to distribute the hair serum or heat protectant spray throughout the hair.
  5. Adjust the airflow of the hair dryer and set it to low or medium.
  6. Begin with a cool drying process– a high flow of air to dry the hair. Keep the blow dryer nozzle 15 cm away from the scalp to prevent hair damage and scalp inflammation.
  7. To keep your hair straight, pull the hair with a round brush from root to tip while blow drying.
  8. Finish by applying a hair serum or natural hairspray.

Watch this video for a clearer understanding of the process.


We often repeat certain mistakes while blow drying our hair. Here’s what to avoid in your next blow drying session.

Dos And Don’ts While Blow Drying The Hair

Blow dry when the hair is 65%-70% towel-dried.Do not blow dry the hair while it is wet.
Sectioning the hair removes tangles and dries it thoroughly.Do not blow dry the hair with tangles and knots.
Hold your hairbrush vertically and blow dryer horizontally to give a natural lift to the hair instead of making it flat.Do not set high temperatures as it strips moisture and makes the hair dehydrated.
Choose a well-vented and wide-toothed hairbrush to detangle the hair effortlessly.Avoid heavy metal brushes as they heat up easily and might burn or over-dry your hair.
Begin blow drying on a low heat setting on the hairline and roots and increase the temperature gradually when you reach the tips.Do not focus the blow dryer on one spot for long to prevent frying and damaging your hair.

Blow drying not only adds volume to your hair but also makes it appear professionally styled. You need to master the proper blow drying techniques to get salon-like hair at home. Follow the steps mentioned above and style your locks as you desire!


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Anjali Sayee is a writer and an introvert. From studying Aeronautical Engineering and wanting to design her own airplane to writing articles on hairstyles, she has been on quite a journey. She believes that hair is one of the key factors that define a woman’s personality. To quote her, “What’s the first thing they do in the movies to show a personality change? Change the hair – because it has a life of its own.” She’s here to help you find the hairstyle you need. This bookworm is a self-professed Wholocker, a talented drummer, and an amateur photographer.