DIY: Big Hair Blow Dry

Last week I posted a photo on Instagram and was then met with quite a few questions. I have always been on the quest for big hair but sadly I have quite fine hair which doesn’t really hold a curl however I’ve had extensions in and been loving blow drying my hair. This post is more for those of you that have good hair and are just looking for some products and tips on how to get a good blow dry at home. Towards the end of month (when I sadly have to remove my extensions) I will write a post about the perfect tools for those of us that need a little more than just a blowdrier to achieve good volume.

After washing my hair, I like to wait 10/15 minutes for my hair to dry a little before I start brushing it and applying products.

I always apply a hair oil to the ends and have been using either Garnier Ultimate Blend or Moroccan oil, I follow that with Bumble and bumble BB Tonic Lotion to help get any knots out, TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray and brush through the whole of my hair using a Michel Mercier Brush. (my favourite for detangling!) I then apply either the Bumble and bumble Thickening mousse or Thickening Spray, I would say the mousse is the best but it does require a little more work and takes longer to dry.

Then starts the actual drying! I use a ghd blow dryer and always start with my fringe as otherwise it would be dry by the time I reach it. When drying my fringe I use a Denman Natural Bristle brush (which I could not live without, I have two in different sizes) and use this technique that I learnt from Sali Hughes although I do have a side fringe and not a full one like she does it still works perfect.

I then start from the nape of my neck and work my way up my hair using the Denman round brush. I like to have a flick to my hair so always spent a little extra time to achieve that and make sure to use the cool setting on my hairdrier to set my hair in place. Once my whole head it dry I blast cold air through my hair to make sure everything is set and in place.

What products do you use when drying your hair?

31 Comments

  1. 4th February 2014 / 5:29 pm

    This is the perfect post! I was literally looking for blow-dry tips, and I have a load of the same products already, excited to try, thanks!

    Lauren x
    Cover Shoot

  2. 4th February 2014 / 7:12 pm

    Your hair is so beautiful and it looks so shiny and healthy too! My hairdryer broke the other day so i am planning on investing in this GHD air one because i have read quite good reviews on it and definitely worth the price tag.

    Thank you for sharing the hair products you have used, i want to try the bumble and bumble thickening spray too 🙂 Have a nice day <3

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  3. 4th February 2014 / 7:49 pm

    Lately I've really been trying to perfect blow drying my hair and achieving the look you have in the top photos! You have an amazing combination of products and some that I really need to give a try as I love how your hair turned out. Thank you so much for this post!
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

  4. 4th February 2014 / 9:34 pm

    your hair looks AMAZING! i wish i could achieve this much body when I dry my hair! I love the Bumble & Bumble Thickening spray – only just started using it but it really does work a treat! I shall have to give the mousse a try! xx

  5. 4th February 2014 / 9:41 pm

    SUCH a super blowdry! I'm jealous of your technique – Time to start practising!
    x

  6. 4th February 2014 / 10:00 pm

    I wish my blow dry's were thissleek but I have ridiculously thick and frizzy hair so even with a lot of practice it's difficult, I love the ghd dryers as my hairdresser uses them and I might have to make a purchase soon, The tresemme spray and morrocanoil are amazing products too. x
    RosalieJayne

  7. 4th February 2014 / 11:22 pm

    You look amazing! I now want all of the products mentioned above so I can have pretty swishy hair too!! xxx

  8. 5th February 2014 / 2:31 am

    Great post! I have fine hair as well and I wanted to add volume on it. This is a great idea. I will def try what you did and see it it looks great on me too like yours.

  9. 5th February 2014 / 6:02 am

    Beautiful! Bumble and Bumble is so great! I love Amika blow dry spray!

    • 8th February 2014 / 12:03 am

      Thanks for the recommendation, I'll look into it! X

  10. 5th February 2014 / 9:54 am

    I can't wait for your post about achieving more volume. I have ridiculously fine, poker straight hair and it never has volume, except when I have hair extensions! I love how your hair looks. xxx

  11. 5th February 2014 / 10:12 am

    This is gorgeous! You look incredible just love how much volume your hair holds! I have the same barrel brush and always feel these give great lift at the root 🙂 x

    http://www.krystelcouture.com x

  12. 5th February 2014 / 4:21 pm

    I also like to wait for my hair to dry a bit before blow drying. Mine is long and thick so I can wait up to an hour, I just watch tv and then when I remember I go blow dry. I have a Hair Bean detangling brush and I love it! I also put some kind of serum on my ends, but the one I'm using at the moment is really crappy! For years though I had use the Silk Therapy one and might be using that back when I finish the crappy one. If I remember I use a heat protector.

  13. 5th February 2014 / 5:41 pm

    you/your hair look beautiful! I'm a big fan of big hair so thankyou so much for this tutorial! x
    fiveonecouture.blogspot.co.uk

  14. 7th February 2014 / 10:28 pm

    Your hair looks gorgeous, I really need to get a round brush, but I always have this fear that my hair will get stuck and I would have to cut a chunk off to get it out haha 🙂
    http://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk/

  15. 22nd February 2014 / 4:59 pm

    Seriously love your hair! I am actually going to be getting my hair dyed that color soon for the spring. I have been looking around for ways to blow dry my hair to look thick! It is hard for me to blow dry sometimes and also using a round brush. I will have to give this a try though.

    http://lanasmakeupbeauty.blogspot.com/

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