If you are keen to lengthen your hair but do not have the time or patience for heatless methods such as African threading or curlformers, then blow drying will be your go to method. There are a few rules that you should follow when blow drying and these include:
- Never blow dry dripping wet hair, this water can cause bubbles to form inside your hair shaft. Damp or towel dried hair that is not dripping is fine.
- Always use a heat protectant of your choice
- To maximise movement and body of the hair, aim to use as little product as possible and focus instead on spreading thin and even layers on all the hair
- Work in sections and avoid very high heat
- Find a method of blow drying that gives you the least breakage or damage.
For this final tip, here are 4 methods of blow drying that you can study and decide which best suits your hair.
This is the most gentle method of all the blow dry methods requiring just the dryer and your hands to create tension. If you primarily finger detangle your hair and rarely use a comb, this method is for you. In this video
a concentrating nozzle was not used but do use it if you have it as it will help to focus the heat better especially if you want a lengthening effect.
2. The Modified Tension Method
In principle, this technique is nearly identical to the tension method, the only addition is using a brush to smooth the ends of the natural hair further out. Most people will use either a paddle brush or a denman brush to do this. The advantage of this method is simply a smoother result. Do not use this method, however, if your hair in general does not like brushes.
3. The Comb Attachment Method
This method involves using a comb attachment for your hair dryer and the advantage is that a much straighter result can be obtained. Again, if your hair is not happy with combing, this method is not one you should use. Your hair should be well detangled before using the comb attachment.
4. The Round Brush Method
Using a round brush takes some practice and skill to master. If your hair however is able to withstand medium to high heat, this method will be able to give you the straightest result with quite an amount of volume.