How Best to Blow Dry Short, Layered Hair With a Round Brush

Glam Girl Gabi
by Glam Girl Gabi
7 Materials
45 Minutes

I'm going to be teaching you how to blow dry short, layered hair with a round brush. Your hair will look full, voluminous, and professionally done. I've listed the products I used at the bottom of this post, but you can use whatever products you have at home that work best for your hair.

Tools and materials:

  • Hot air round brush
  • Hair cream
  • Volumizing spray gel
  • Duckbill clips
  • Round brush
  • Finishing spray
  • Volumizing hairspray
Applying volumizing hair products

1. Use volumizing products

In order to get volume, you must incorporate volumizing products into every step of your hair care routine. I'm going to start by cocktailing two products together to get the best result: milk_shake Whipped Cream (a conditioning mousse) and KMS ADDVOLUME (a volumizing spray).

I'm using a cream that gives me condition and bounce while also controlling frizz, and then I'm also using a volumizing spray gel, which I'm just concentrating on the roots. I like to massage that product into my roots with my fingertips.

Once you have both products in, run a brush through your hair to evenly distribute them.

Rough drying hair to 35% dry

2. Rough dry

Rough-dry your hair so that it's about 35% dry. This makes round brushing a lot easier. You want to rough-dry so the soaking wet hair look is gone, and excessive moisture is taken away but not too much that you lose the ability to manipulate the hair.

Your hair should still be very damp when you start round brushing, or you take away the hair's ability to be transformed by the heat of the blowdryer and the bristles of the round brush.

Sectioning hair to blow dry

3. Wrap the right amount

Now, you want to section your hair, starting at the bottom with a 1-inch section.

If you try to incorporate too much hair into your round brush, you will lose control over it. You need to keep the width of the hair no longer than the width of the brush and direct the blow dryer's airflow down the hair shaft to smooth out the cuticle.

Next, take another 1-inch section and move piece by piece up the head. You have to be patient with this; if you try to take too much hair, you will not get the end result that you want.

How to blow dry short hair by yourself

4. Hit the cool shot button

Use the cool shot button - it is your best friend when it comes to volume!

Once your hair is 100% dry, wrap it around the barrel and blast that cool shot button. What you end up doing is setting the volume into the hair.

How to blow dry bangs with a round brush

5. How to blow dry bangs with a round brush

Change the brush's position so that you can manipulate your hair to flow away from the face. At the front, you want to blow-dry the roots with the brush positioned under the hair to smooth out the cuticle.

Once you have that dry, turn your brush so that it's actually on top of the hair. Wrap it and blast it with heat, and then set it with that cool shot button. What you end up with is volume and movement that's moving away from your face.

To get major volume in your bangs, blow-dry them forward first until the roots are dry, and then move your brush back. Wrap your hair around the brush, blast it with hot air, and then cool it off.

Using duckbill clips for volume

6. Use duckbill clips

Use duckbill clips to hold the shape of the top layer and let it sit longer. This makes a huge difference. Once you take these clips off, you will be amazed at how much volume you just got.

I like to move along the head doing that to the entire top section. Then I blast it with a light hold finishing spray, wait a few minutes, and release it. As you can see, there is a massive amount of natural volume now.

Using a round brush to blow dry hair

7. Change movement

If there are any areas where you feel that you need to change the movement, heat your brush with a blowdryer and use that to manipulate the hair. You can use your flat iron, but you will crush the volume substantially if you do that.

As a finishing step, I like to take my brush and give the crown area a light backcomb without even using hairspray. That just gives me a little bit of that extra lift.

Finish off with a light-holding volumizing hairspray for additional control and longer wear time without weight or stick, and then you're good to go!

How to blow dry your hair with a round brush

How to blow dry short, layered hair with a round brush

This is the finished look, and just wow! I typically do this once or twice a week. My hair is not only full of volume, but it is also soft and nourished as well. I hope that you find this tutorial on how to blow dry your hair with a round brush useful!

Products used

Suggested materials:
  • Hot air round brush
  • Hair cream
  • Volumizing spray gel
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