7 Signs You’re Blow Drying Your Hair Wrong

While an at-home blowout is a great way to save money, it’s also a great way to mess up — and even damage — your hairstyle if you’re not careful. That’s because there’s an actual technique to blow drying your own hair. And we hate to break it to you, but it doesn’t involve running a brush through your strands while holding a blow dryer above your head. That’ll just get you damaged hair.

The first step in learning how to give yourself an at-home blowout is to take a closer look at some of the most common mistakes and learn how to fix them. To help you do so, we talked to Naeemah LaFond, Global Artistic Director for the hair care brand amika. Ahead, see her tips and tricks for giving yourself an at-home blowout.

Mistake: Your sectioning is messy

Woman brushing her hair with a wooden comb

It’s best to work in an organized fashion. | iStock.com/Tinatin1

Fix: “Grabbing random sections of hair as you blow dry will [end] in inconsistent results,” says LaFond. “An organized blowout is a fast blowout,” she adds. Instead of randomly sectioning off your strands — or, worse, not sectioning at all — get organized and section with purpose.

Mistake: You’re using the wrong size round brush

Amika Hair care brush

amika Cork Brush | amika

Fix: Give your brush some extra thought. “You should think about the final look that you are going for when deciding the brush size,” says LaFond. “The easiest way to do this is by thinking of the barrel of the brush as the size of the curl or bend that you are looking to create,” she adds.

Mistake: You’re using the wrong brush type

Amika hair care brush

amika Ceramic Brush | amika

Fix: In addition to using the wrong size round brush, you should pay close attention to the type of brush you’re using, too. So, what brush type works best? It depends on your hair type. “It’s best to use a thermal brush — like the amika Ceramic Brush — for finer hair that needs volume,” says LaFond. For thicker hair that needs smoothing, LaFond suggests a boar brush, such as the amika Cork Brush.

If you have super straight hair or hair that is ultra fine and are using a boar brush to style your strands, you may want to reconsider. “Boar brushes apply lots of tension that pin straight or finer hair types can do without,” says LaFond. “Too much tension on fine hair results in a limp look,” she adds.

Mistake: You’re using too much product

hairdresser hairstylist female hand with hair mousse spray

You can have too much of a good thing. | iStock.com/Voyagerix

Fix: If you’re someone who likes to slick their hair with product, you may want to reconsider that when blowing out your hair. “Product overdose can kill a good blowout,” says LaFond. “It’s better to start with a smaller amount of product and add more if needed, than to add too much and end up ruining your blowout,” she adds.

Mistake: You’re not using a quality dryer

Amika hair care dryer

Immortal Power-Life Dryer | Amika

Fix: Another blowout faux pas? A cheap hair dryer. According to LaFond, a quality hair dryer can cut the time spent on your morning hair routine in half. And investing in a professional hair dryer — such as this one from amika — will not just save you time, it will help you achieve a professional-looking blowout, too.

Mistake: There’s a lack of tension

drying brown hair with hair dryer

This will help sooth out your hair. | iStock.com/MilanMarkovic

Fix: When it comes to blow drying, a little tension is actually a good thing! This is especially true for those with thick strands that need a bit more taming. “Applying tension as you brush your hair with a boar bristle brush will help to create a smooth and buffed finish,” says LaFond. Another reason why tension is so important? Without it, you could end up over drying your hair. For best results, keep your blow dryer on medium heat and give it just enough tension to smooth and buff the hair.

Mistake: You’re placing wet hair on dry hair

Cropped beauty close-up of lower half of a Caucasian woman's face

Sectioning is key. | iStock.com/Skodadad

Fix: “Use sectioning clips to keep wet hair and dry hair apart from each other,” says LaFond. “Don’t mess up the last section you worked so hard to get dry and smooth by layering a wet section right on top of it,” she adds. Noted.