Hair preparation prior to blow-drying

There are some key points that we must cover prior to blow-drying the hair.

What type of shampoo to use

The type of shampoo you will use depends on the client's hair and also what kind of blow-dry the client wants to do.

Use appropriate type of shampoo prior to beginning a blow-dry.                             

  • For normal hair  use Normal shampoo.
  • For dry thick hair, dry thin hair, colored hair, damaged hair use Moisturizing shampoo
  • For oily thick hair, oily thin hair, dry thin hair use Volumizing shampoo

On first shampoo, although the hair does not lather, keep scrubbing the roots for a couple of minutes, then thoroughly rinse. On second shampoo make sure you get the proper lather.

When to use a conditioner

The general purpose of a conditioner is to untangle the hair.

Apply conditioner if needed and never on the roots. You will need conditioner if the hair is damaged either from lot's of chemical services or client cuts his/her hair every 4 months or so. If client has very thin and not a lot of hair you will never apply a conditioner. Excessive conditioner can make the hair oily so avoid applying too much of this product.

Which styling product to use

To select appropriate styling product look at the client's roots. If roots are straight and the hair is thick or thin use mousse. If roots are wavy or frizzy use a product that when applied it will weight the hair down, another words, use a heat-activated straightening cream or smoothing cream.  Ask for a shampoo that takes away or minimizes the frizz. After applying the product, comb the hair in order to distribute the product evenly all throughout the hair.

Hair preparation prior to blow-drying

Roughly place the hair with a comb, the way that you will be setting it. For example, if you have bangs, place some hair down in the front. This is necessary because by the time you complete the blow-dry the hair will dry at the position that they are at, making the blow-dry even tougher to do if not experienced. Especially when the hair is short it will dry even faster.

Set the parting at preferred location (right, middle, or left). You can dry the hair until almost dry, prior to beginning your blow-dry, if the hair is naturally straight. This will save you lot's of time in blow-drying. You cannot do this on really frizzy hair with very few exceptions.

If the hair is dried too much, it will become full of static. If the hair is not dried enough, it will not fall nicely when you release it from the brush. It will look heavy and frizzy. When the hair slides easily from the brush and it looks smooth, shinny and the ends are straight, the hair is dry. Release the hair and take your next section.

The doll that you will be practicing on has medium thickness hair with a very light wave. The doll's hair is very cooperative, unlike some real hair types. Practicing on live clients will allow you to distinguish between the different types of hair and their difficulties. It will be absolutely normal if you cannot perform the same blow-dry on a client when you can do the same thing on the doll.

Decisions that you need to make during a blow-dry, in order to get the desired outcome

1. Which brush to use. 2. The angle of the brush while blow-drying. 3. The lift that you apply to the hair during the blow-dry. 4. How you release the hair from the brush.


  • Shampoo hair twice and rinse.
  • Apply conditioner and rinse.
  • Comb out the hair.
  • Towel dry hair to remove excess moisture prior to using products.
  • Apply styling product and comb hair again.
  • Dry the hair using the blow-dryer prior to beginning the actual blow-dry (depends on hair type).
  • Create your first division and begin the blow-dry.

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