Sometimes it can be hard to blow out hair for volume while keeping it nice and smooth. Ruth Roche, Artistic Ambassador for Pureology Serious Colour Care, shares a step-by-step on how to create a very smooth surface without sacrificing volume.
Section hair into three sections – horseshoe at the top, the middle (includes the sides) and the underneath – clip first two out of the way.
Apply desired product – if smoothing is the priority, try Pureology Super Smooth Relaxing Serum and for volume use Pureology Colour Stylist Root Lift. This model has Pureology Colour Stylist Anti Split Blow Dry Styling Cream to smooth the cuticle and provide hold.
Underneath: Use a paddle brush and blow dryer with a nozzle to dry hair until almost all the moisture is gone. Switch to a large round boar bristle brush and wrap hair under the brush using thumb to hold it snug to the bristles to create tension. Pull brush down from roots to ends with blow dryer trailing.
Middle/Sides: Use a paddle brush and dryer to dry hair until almost all the moisture is gone – brushing from front to back, following the shape of the head to create smoothness. Use brush to lift the roots to create volume. Switch to a large round boar bristle brush and make sure to grab the roots and lift up while drying in horizontal sections from roots to ends. Then, dry sections with hair wrapped under the brush using thumb to hold in place and then finally with the hair on top of the brush with thumb holding hair in place. This smooths the cuticle from all angles for a glossy finish.
Top: Use a paddle brush and dryer to dry hair until almost all the moisture is gone, using back and forth motions making sure to lift at the root to build volume. Then use a round brush, making sure to grab as much of the roots as possible and wrap hair around the top of the brush and roll up and heat with dryer. Let cool and unwrap, raking through with fingers for a more natural look. Wrap hair in the front sections away from the face so hair is directed back and away instead of flopping back into the face.
“Pulling roots away from the head is what creates volume and running your fingers through hair while it’s still hot makes it less stiff and more organic,” says Roche. Look for other tips and tricks on www.ruthroche.com.