by Erick Carter

My clients always say,” I can never get my hair to look like you do when I blow dry it at home.” Thank heavens, or I would be out of business, but I will share a few tips that may help you achieve that professional look.

First of all, start with a good product. (I will not get into what product is best since that would have to involve a consultation.) The product that you choose must be distributed evenly throughout the hair. Too many clients apply the product only on one hand so the product ends up in one spot.

Secondly, you must understand that a foundation has to be built in order for a blow dry to hold. This can be achieved by starting the blow dry at the bottom of the nape and work your way up.

Let the hair cool in position or shape that you desire before touching it. Doing so will help to reform the bonds and lock the style in.

Lastly, it’s important not to get fish hook ends. You can help prevent this by allowing the hair to leave the brush and not the other way around. For example, when drying with a flat brush pull the brush all the way to the end. Continue this action until all of the hair falls out of the brush. Too many people stop just shy of the ends which can cause fish hooks.

If using a round brush make sure not to fold the ends under themselves.

I hope this will help you achieve a salon style finish at home. Good luck, with practice it WILL get easier.

Watch for the “Color Me Beautiful” special in this magazine. I would like to invite all readers to write in your questions.

You can do so by email at or call me at 239.777.2380.

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