Kate Middleton has beaten the likes of Beyonce and Kim Kardashian to be named the nation’s biggest source of hair envy in 2014.
The glamorous royal’s luscious blow-dry has even seen off competition from Jennifer Anniston, after voters placed her mane as more desirable than the infamous Rachel cut.
Overall the Duchess of Cambridge secured 19% of the vote for best hair, followed closely by Beyonce who fell just a little behind on 16%. Kim Kardashian came in at a respectable third.
While the stars and K-Middy can afford regular salon professional blow-dries to achieve silky smooth tresses, we normal folk tend to be limited to DIY.
That’s why we’ve come up with these great tips on how to blow-dry your hair like a pro, to help you on your way to taming your mane and creating enviable volume, shine and silkiness:
Get the angle right
Make sure you know how to correctly position your blow-dryer so that the air can flow effectively. For sleek, smooth tresses the airflow needs to point down, from root to tip – preferably with the thin diffuser head attached to ensure concentrated heat. For voluminous blow dries, target the roots by getting underneath each section of the hair and lifting it up away from the head.
Whether you prefer to use a paddle brush or chunky bristle brush, make sure all are vented so that you hair can dry faster and you can better achieve the style you want more effectively.
Applying products to you hair before you blow-dry is like applying milk to porridge oats before you cook them – essential. If your hair is fine and thin, ensure you use lightweight products – like sprays – with thickening benefits. Medium length styles that have more thickness will benefit from mousses and gels, while really thick hair will require strong, heavy products.
Dry with care
Blow-drying is a great hair trick, but it can also be quite damaging. Always make sure you have some protection spray handy for the ends of your hair, and if possible don’t use the high heat settings of your dryer. Also try and keep your dryer at a distance of eight inches from your scalp, and leave a few days before blow-drying your hair again. Invest in hair masks and conditioning treatment to keep on top of your hair care.
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