How to do a Bouncy Blow Dry: Salon Know How

Creating a Bouncy Blow Dry for long hair does take a little time and can be tricky if you aren’t used to using brushes.

However, doing some upfront prep and breaking the process into small, easy steps will give you the best results. So, without further ado, here’s how you can achieve a bouncy blow dry without getting hot under the hairdryer.

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How to create a Big Bouncy Blow Dry at Home

Start by prepping your hair styling tool kit. For this look, you’ll need the following items:

  • Comb
  • Section Clips
  • Round Brush
  • Blow Dry Spray/Volumiser
  • Hairdryer

Step by Step Guide to a Bouncy Blow Dry

1   Start with freshly washed hair

Firstly, shampoo and condition your hair with the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type. I know that may sound obvious. But getting this right will give you the best foundation for the finished style. If your hair is fine, you don’t want it to be made flat by heavy products – we are after maximum bounce after all!

That means if your shampoo and conditioner aren’t giving you enough moisture, you’ll find your hair is difficult to work with and not flexible enough to hold the style.

So, here’s what I recommend…

Revive and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner are good for all hair types, particularly if your hair is fine and you want to get volume in the hair.  If your hair is dry or damaged, go for Hydrate and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner.

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2   Gently squeeze the excess water out of your hair

You can do this with a towel. However, if you have lots of hair, you may find you need to give hair a quick blast with the hairdryer to get rid of excess water.

Most importantly, hair should be damp but not dripping wet before you apply styling products.

3   Apply a volumising styling product

A good volumiser or blow dry spray will help with adding volume and giving the finished style hold. At the same time, it should also help with styling. 

For the model below, I used Styling Mist for Natural Hold and Volume. It does what it says on the bottle. That means it adds volume, but it also detangles and speeds up drying time. 

By reducing the amount of time you spend under the hairdryer, you can save time. 

Plus, it’s a hair-saver too! 


Because reducing drying time reduces how much heat is applied to your hair. That means your hair is less at risk of becoming dry and frizzy.

Plus, the conditioning ingredients in the mist have a counter-effect on the heat from the hairdryer.


Bouncy blow dry with round brush
Choose a good quality volumiser to boost your bouncy blow dry. Additionally, use simple tricks such as a side parting to add more bounce.

I recommend you focus application on the ends and mid-lengths of the hair. Then, leave for a few seconds. So if you are using Styling Mist for Volume, you can either comb or use your fingers to push through the hair. However, if you are using another styling product, check the manufacturer’s instructions before application.

4   Comb your parting into place

You’ll see from our model above that I created a side parting. There’s a reason for this; it’s a great way of adding additional volume to the hair and, of course, giving your bouncy blow dry extra bounce.

5   Parting in place, it’s time to section your hair

Section clips are like having an extra pair of hands. That means they are an essential hair styling tool. 

The easiest way to style a bouncy blow dry is to split your hair into 4 sections.

Firstly, imagine a horizontal line running across your head from ear to ear as near to the crown as possible.

Secondly, imagine a vertical line, front to back, through the middle of your crown. 

That means you now have  4 sections; 2 at the front and 2 at the back of the head. 

So you can clip your sections in place and work on one at a time.

Bouncy Blow Dry styling with sections


6   Sections in place, it’s time to get to work with your brush

Work with a round brush to add volume and movement to the hair in each section.

Round brushes come in different sizes; smaller brushes for small waves and movement and fatter brushes for big waves and movement. 

As you can see with our model, we’ve created big waves and movement using a fat round brush.

How to use a Round Brush for a Bouncy Blow Dry

If you’ve got long hair, chances are you’ve worked with a round brush to blow dry your hair. 

However, unless you’ve had training in using a round brush, it can be a little daunting.

Here are my tips for getting the best from your round brush.

  1. Within the sections you’ve created, take small sections of hair, starting with the hair underneath and working your way up.
  2. Hold the brush at the end of the hair and roll to the mid-lengths. Or wherever you want the movement.
  3. Don’t cover the entire width of your brush with hair. Keep a bit of space at either end of your brush.
  4. Maintain a firm but gentle tension on the hair as you position and roll the brush. This important as it helps prevent tangles.
  5. If you want volume at the roots, you can gently lift the brush upwards at an angle away from the head.
  6. Once hair is rolled and ready, apply a quick blast of heat to the hair. Leave to cool for a few seconds, or if you prefer, you can give the hair a quick blast of cool air. Unroll the brush and work on the next piece of hair to complete the whole section.
  7. The hairdryer’s nozzle should always be parallel to the hair and angeled downwards so that you don’t lift the cuticle.
  8. For additional movement, you can partially roll the hair. Try giving it a quick blast of heat, then roll again, giving the hair another blast of heat. I advise caution here. Be careful not to overdry the hair, as this can leave hair looking dry and brittle.
  9. Another option for creating more movement and waves is to twist the angle of the brush as you work with the hairdryer.

The thing about working with a round brush is that practice makes perfect.

I recommend starting work on the 2 back sections first. Because working the back of the hair can be the most awkward with the angle of the brush. That means you can get this out of the way without compromising the front sections of the hair.

Having said that, once you get used to working with a round brush, it will become easier. I promise! 🙂

About the Author

Norris Ogario is founder and Creative Director of Ogario London. Developed in his London salon, the Ogario London haircare products reflect his belief that hydration is the key to fixing most hair problems. You can style hydrated hair with ease. Plus, hydration leaves hair shiny and healthy. Norris has over 35 years of hair know-how. With expertise in all hair types; from dry hair to fine or grey hair, from frizzy to damaged or bleached hair, curly hair and afro hair, Norris offers his expert advice.

Recommended Reading

Over the years, I’ve talked to and helped a lot of customers with dry hair concerns. In addition, I write about all aspects of healthy hair, from tackling frizz to getting rid of split ends and share salon tips and techniques for looking after all hair types.

I’ve suggested some further reading below, but please look at our Healthy Hair Blog to find more articles.

Firstly, the way we style and care for our hair is not the only factor determining hair health and shine. Because, good nutrition is vital.

So, if you want to delve deeper into how you can improve your healthy hair diet, take a look at our blog, Healthy Hair: Choose the Best Foods for Hair Growth.

Did you know that colour treatments have a significant impact on reducing moisture in the hair? Particularly, if you bleach your hair.

So, if you are a bleached beauty and want to regain your shine, read my blog, How to take care of Bleached Hair. In addition, take a look at my case study on elasticity in bleached hair.

In addition, for further reading on dry hair, Salon Know How: How to Moisturise Dry Hair is a must-read.

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Leave in conditioners are a great styling option. Because they add moisture to to the hair, the prevent hair becoming dry from heated styling.

Tips and Techniques for adding Volume to Hair

We teamed up with @chanilillian to demonstrate some volume boosting techniques in fine hair.

Firstly, Chani shows you how to add instant volume to fine hair with simple styling techniques and just ONE styling product, my award-winning Styling Mist for Natural Hold and Volume.

Plus, Chani works some simple volume boosting techniques at the roots along with a deep drop parting to add instant volume. Chani shows how keeping styling to a minimum can give you better results for fine hair; choose less heat, keep it light on products and use your hands to work fine hair.

Check out our How to Add Instant Volume to Hair Video here.

How to Get Shiny Hair

Get your shine on with our 8 Ways to Shine Hair. Norris shares his know-how for everything you need to know about how to get shiny hair. Read More >

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With over 35 years in the hair business, Norris believes that even the driest of hair can become shiny hair.

How to Look After Fine Hair

Norris shares his ultimate guide on How to Look after Fine Hair. Find fine hair tips for volume. Read More >

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Everything you need to know about moisturising hair masks. From why they are a haircare essential to the best moisturising ingredients and how to get the most from your weekly hair mask. Read More >

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About Us

Ogario London is a salon developed, natural hair care range. Because we are passionate about our products, delivering the best results is at the heart of what we do. Do you have questions about our products? Or, would you like advice on the best products for your hair type? Maybe have another question about how to look after your hair? If you do, please get in touch at

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