Well I have told you all about my fabulous visit to the Aveda Institute to try out the Aveda Smooth Infusion hair care range…and I promised I would share some tips from my super-stylist Jay to achieve my voluminous but smooth hair style.  She told me with a little practise this is easy to achieve at home; you just need to follow a few simple steps. 

How to do the perfect blow-dry… 

The key to giving your hair body and volume but keeping it super shiny and smooth is HEAT. You need to your hair really hot and then allow it to cool – and set. Allowing your hair to set is what will keep the curls and waves in place. 

Sounds easy huh….now what?    

  • Start by sectioning your hair off to allow you to work on smaller, more manageable areas. 

Hair seperated into sections

 The first section should start at your temple and run the whole way around to the other temple in a horseshoe shape. Clip this top section up and out of the way. 

  • Next take a section from the back to behind each ears, and again, clip up.
  • This will leave you with just the back area, split this in half horizontally and clip into sections.

Hair pinned into sections

  Right now you are ready for the blow dry….  

  • Make sure you have the right tools for the job. If you are looking for volume like me then grab yourself a metallic barrel brush. If you were however going for something more smooth and sleek then you would be better with a round bristle brush to give more tension to the hair.
  • Put a nozzle on your hairdryer to help flatten the cuticles whilst styling
  • Rough dry your hair to about 80% before you start to style. Anything less and you will just be wasting time as you need your hair to get really hot before it will take to the styling
  • Work a small drop of Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother through your hair to keep hair soft and defend hair against humidity for 12 hours.
  • Spritz in some Aveda Volumnizing Tonic to give hold to the style from root to the end
  • Start with the back sections of hair and then work round to the sections of hair behind each ear.
  • Start drying the hair at the mid lengths (i.e. in the middle of the hair rather than either ends) as these take longer to heat up.
  • Once the mid lengths are dry and hot then work your brush into the roots and ends, gently teasing the barrel round to keep hair smooth.
  • Once the hair is hot wrap your hair around the brush (using it like a roller) and hold in place until the hair is cool.
  • When wrapping the hair keep the brush at a steady angle to avoid getting your hair knotted into the bristles
  • Once the hair is cool you can gently ease the brush out. Allow the hair to get really hot and then cool – this sets the hair into this curled formation.
  • If you find it tricking to wrap your hair around the brush, I know I do, another trick to get the hair really hot and then quickly wrap it around your fingers in the same ‘roller’ type shape and then pin it. Leave this in place until it has cooled like before.
  • Leave the top section of your hair until last. This is where you are really able to work the volume in. Make sure this section (which runs from the crown of your head to the front) is no wider than your brush bristles.
  • Really work the brush into the roots, giving it tension as you dry to ensure it has lots of lift.   
Hair once curls have cooled and 'set'

Hair once curls have cooled and 'set'

  •  Finish the front of your hair around the face with a small bristle brush to keep the ends really smooth, tip your hair to the side so that you can really get in at the roots on these areas.

Curls after set, before they are 'roughed up' with hairdryer

  •  Once your hair is styled…. Mess it up with a hair dryer. Why you may cry after all that work? Well, you don’t want it looking too ‘styled’ and this will give it a much more natural finish as the hair falls into its most comfortable position.
  • Use Aveda Lightweight Texturising Creme to finish the style off. This is a water-based product, which allows your hair to keep its style without clogging up the pores in your hair or leaving a greasy residue.And there… you are done. Jay certainly made this look easy; let me know how you get on.  

 Aveda Smooth Infusion Blow Dry master Class

If you really want to learn the art of blow drying at home, but want a more practical lesson, then you will be glad to know that Aveda also offer Blow Dry Master classes in their salon.  These lessons cost £45 and will help you learn the tricks of the trade from the experts! You will learn the art of blow-drying, step-by-step, whilst your stylist will style half your hair but leave you to do the rest all by yourself – with their guidance of course. You will learn the right products to use and the time saving practices and different techniques that will leave you with salon-styled hair in as little as 30 minutes and from the comfort of your dressing table.  

All products and services are available from participating Aveda salons nationwide and the Aveda Institute, 174 High Holborn, Covent Garden, WC1V 7AA Tel: 020 7759 7355 


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