Easy Hair Tutorial: Blow Dry Your Hair Straight Like a Professional

Ariba Pervaiz
by Ariba Pervaiz
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1 Hour

If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Why is my straight hair frizzy?” after you’re straightened it, then this tutorial is for you.

I’m going to show you how to blow dry your hair straight like a professional with just a blow dryer and a flat brush.

Tools and materials:

  • Blow dryer
  • Flat brush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair oil
  • Hair mask
  • Heat protectant
Moisturizing shampoo

1. Use a moisturizing shampoo when washing your hair

When shampooing and conditioning, use moisturizing products that revive and strengthen your hair. I shampoo twice, focusing on my roots and my scalps.

I don’t like to scrub my mids or my ends with shampoo as they don’t need it.

It also roughens up the outer (cuticle) layer in your hair and prevents you from getting a shiny and smooth finish at the end.

Hair mask

2. Apply a hair mask

As the conditioner completely closes your cuticle layer and doesn’t allow anything to penetrate, going in with an intense hydrating mask first ensures your hair is sucking up the mask as much as possible.

Since hair masks are thick and dense, don’t put them on your scalp. Focus on your mids and ends and it’s going to be so much easier to smooth your hair out when styling.

Moisturizing conditioner

3. Use a moisturizing conditioner to lock in the moisture

Now that your hair has been drenched with moisture, seal all of it in with a moisturizing conditioner. 

Applying hair oil

4. Apply a hair oil

Apply hair oil before detangling. The oil will penetrate through your hair and is going to add a lot more shine.

Always apply it downwards so you’re closing the cuticle while you’re applying it. 

Detangling hair

5. Detangle

Grab a paddle brush, or any other detangling brush, and start from the bottom and work your way up.

When you start at the top, it gets stuck and creates a lump of tangles in the middle so it’s always best to work from the bottom to release those tangles. It’s also the least painful way to take out tangles.

Applying heat protectant

6. Apply a heat protectant

Before you apply any heat to your hair, you always want to go in with thermal protection.

Blow drying hair

7. Blow dry the roots and scalp

Focus on your roots and scalp first with the heat and air on high.

To create the most amount of volume when blow drying your roots, use a paddle brush to fold the hair over itself and then drag the brush downwards.

Blow drying hair

Don’t forget to dry your roots to the back.

Blow drying hair

8. Blow dry the mids and ends

Now let’s style our mids and ends. Start at the bottom and work your way up.

If you have a smaller or finer nozzle for your blow dryer, attach that because it will give you a more precise heat flow and help you straighten your hair better.

Brushing hair

Tuck your flat brush underneath your hair.

Set your air setting on low and your heat setting on high, as the air is going to cause a lot more unnecessary frizz than you need and the heat will help you smooth the hair out. 

Blow drying hair

Start by running the blow dryer nozzle and the paddle brush parallel to each other down the entire air shaft. Go nice and slow. 

Blow drying hair

Once you’re at the end, repeat with the back of the section.

It usually takes me about 3-4 times per section to get my hair shaft smooth, though it will be different for everyone.

As you work, keep your sections large enough so you have a bit of tension. If you go too small, it’ll slide out of the paddle brush.

Pushing hair behind shoulder

As you work, push the styled hair behind your shoulder and keep the damp hair in the front.

Once moisture touches your hair, it will kink right up. 

Blow drying hair

Once I’ve done a section, I like to combine the rest of the styled hair and give it one more run to merge everything.

Blow drying hair

9. Blow dry the last section back

Once you’re on the last section, blow dry everything back.

By blow drying in the opposite direction that it’s going to fall, you’re creating the most amount of volume

Blow drying hair

10. Blow dry your bangs

Pull your bangs forward and blow dry the roots in every direction. This creates more volume at the top and gives it more fullness.

How to blow dry your hair straight like a professional

How to blow dry your hair straight like a professional 

Does it look like I blow-dried my hair or does it look like I flat-ironed it?

It doesn’t look flat or greasy, but it still has a lot of life, airiness, and fluffiness to it.

This is a great method to try if you’re looking to learn how to blow dry your hair straight without frizz! Let me know what you think about this method down below.

For more hair content, check out my Super Easy Heatless Sock Curls Tutorial.

Suggested materials:
  • Blow dryer
  • Flat brush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
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