Salon Know How: How to do a Bouncy Blow Dry

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. But 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.

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

Shampoo and condition your hair with the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type. We know that sounds 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 flattened by heavy products – we are after maximum bounce after all! If your shampoo and conditioner aren’t giving you enough moisture you’ll find hair is difficult to work with and not flexible enough to hold the style.

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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.

2   Gently squeeze the excess water out of your hair

You can do this with a towel. 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. Whilst at the same time, it should also help with styling. For the model in the main picture, we used Styling Mist for Natural Hold and Volume. It does what it says on the bottle, 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! Why? Because the reduction in drying time reduces the heat applied to the hair and the conditioning ingredients in the mist have a counter-effect on the heat from the hairdryer.

Focus application on the ends and mid-lengths of the hair. Leave for a few seconds and, if you are using Styling Mist for Volume, you can either comb or use your fingers to push through the hair. 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 that we 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 and they are an essential hair styling tool. The easiest way to style a bouncy blow dry is to split your hair into 4 sections.

Imagine a horizontal line running across your head from ear to ear as near to the crown as possible. Then a vertical line, front to back, through the middle of the crown. This gives you 4 sections; 2 at the front and 2 at the back of the head. Clip your sections in place so that you can 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. 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

If you’ve got long hair, chances are you’ve worked with a round brush to blow dry your hair. However, unless you’ve been trained in using a round brush, it can be a little daunting.

So here are our 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 full width of your brush with the hair. Keep a bit of space at either end of the 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 nozzle of the hairdryer 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, give it a quick blast of heat then roll again, giving it another blast of heat. A note of caution here though, be careful not to overdry the hair and 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. We recommend starting work on the 2 back sections first because this can be the most awkward with the angle of the brush. Having said that, once you get used to it, it will become easier. We promise! 🙂

Recommended Reading

If your hair is feeling dry, find out how to minimise heated styling and revisit a classic hair styling tool that’s less damaging for your hair.

If you are interested in taking a healthier approach to styling your hair take a look at our blog, Leave in Hair Conditioner: We Give you the Heads Up.

No one needs to put up with dry hair. If you are finding your hair is dry in the autumn/winter months take a look at our tips for fixing dry hair.

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