Top Blow Drying Mistakes — And The Easy Solutions
Not sectioning your hair first. Flipping your head over and blow-drying ’till you get dizzy isn’t helping your cause. Keep some large duckbill clips or a claw clip handy, so that you can work on a section at a time as you blow-dry.
Holding the brush in the wrong hand. Many of us hold the blow-dryer with our dominant hand, and the brush in the weaker hand. You’ll get better results if you switch hands, as the dexterity of the dominant hand will help you get the job done better, and in less time.
Holding the blow-dryer too close. This in fact does NOT dry the hair faster, and it increases your chances of frizziness and damage. Make sure to use your plastic nozzle to direct the airflow, and keep it at least an inch away from the strands.
Going too fast. We often blow-dry as if in a state of panic. It’s not a race, the person who finishes first doesn’t get a prize. Be methodical and use care. If you rush through, you’ll often find that you need to keep going back and re-doing sections anyway, wasting more time in the long run.
Not drying the hair completely. If it starts to frizz-up or flatten out almost immediately after you’ve finished, it means you didn’t dry it 100%. Sometimes it looks done, but if it’s cold to the touch, it’s still holding moisture. It should be room temperature after blow-drying.
For more tips and tricks specific to your hair, ask your stylist next time you visit Kimera.
One of the most important parts of the services we offer at Kimera is the consultation. Here’s a brief glossary of common “hairspeak” terms, to make it more effective.
Beachy: Hair that’s a bit wavy, with a tousled finish; often created with a thickening or salt-water based spray or gel (like Sea-Salt Spray from Aquage).
Choppy: A cut in which the ends all vary slightly in length. We often use a razor or “point cutting” to achieve this.
Giving Hair Movement: Usually involved adding layers from mid-length to ends, making the style feel lighter and bouncier.
Piecey: Has more to do with the styling than the cutting – ends are defined and separated, with a wax or gel, often done with fingers.
Stacking: Hair is layered, starting at the nape (neck hairline) to create a full point or “weight line” in the back.
Structure or Line: Refers to the exterior or perimeter shape of the cut – where and how it lands on your neck, shoulders, etc.
Texturizing: Can have a variety of meanings, but these are the most common.
Either 1). Making very curly hair smoother and less bulky by cutting into it (often with “thinning” or “texturizing” shears). Or 2). Making flat hair appear fuller and thicker by adding shorter pieces to create lift and volume.
And here’s a couple of hair color terms too…
Highlights: Adding strands of a color that is lighter than your overall or “base” color. Can be used to create an overall lighter color effect, or with selective placement of color to bring attention to a particular aspect of the cut, or a facial feature.
Lowlights: Adding strands of a color that is darker than your overall or “base color. Used in similar fashion as highlights. Also used to soften the “bleach blonde” look that can happen during summer.
Toner: A color service used to even out the color of previous highlights with newly placed highlights – performed using an Ammonia Free color, which improves hair’s condition and shine. Also used to “freshen up” faded or washed out looking haircolor.
If you ever feel confused by the terms we use in the salon, or if you’ve seen a technique in a magazine, on TV, etc. please feel free to ask us for clarification.
As we say at Kimera, we’re here to help you LOVE YOUR HAIR, and understanding exactly what you’re looking for is the first step.
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