You’re Probably Blow-Drying Your Straight Hair the Wrong Way

Allow us to fix that for you.

By: Jodi Taylor
Photography: Ben Ritter

Tell us that you’re perfect at blow-drying your hair and, unless you’re actually a hairstylist or a pro, we might not believe you. That’s no diss to you, it’s tough to know how to handle a hair dryer properly! And, no, waving it around while shaking your head doesn’t count. Even if you have naturally straight hair, there is a proper way for you to blow-dry it so that it looks straight and sleek without forgoing the volume (thank you, products). Celebrity hairstylist Antonio Prieto has been in the business for 22 years (in other words, he knows what he’s doing with the hot tools) and gave us the below super easy steps for perfectly voluminous and shiny, straight hair. (We also learned how to blow-dry curly hair, too!)

“Prep the hair by evenly distributing Kérastase Mousse Bouffante from roots to ends. [This product is especially good] for fine hair. It adds ample body without making it feel stiff or weighed down. [For long hair] use the size of a tennis ball worth of product.”

“Dry the hair using a brush with your head upside down, lifting the roots and moving the hair side to side in an upward motion to build texture and volume. Adding heat to this product can [help] achieve a sleek and cool look with [a good] amount of body. This product also adds staying power to a blowout!”

(Optional) “In large sections, use a flat iron, parting the hair vertically to ensure a smooth and shiny end result.”

“To add extra texture we finished the hair with the Kérastase Volume in Powder Spray. [Hold] the bottle about a foot away from [your] head while applying.”

MSA Model: Agnes Artych