How to Get a Bouncy Blowdry at Home
How to Get a Bouncy Blowdry at Home
Want that post-salon feeling without the hairdresser cost? Keep reading to learn how you can create a bouncy blowdry at home, with tools you probably already have in a drawer somewhere…Keep Reading
Whether you admit it to yourself or not, everybody loves a bouncy blowdry! Bouncy blowdrys are a salon favourite, with most clients giving them responsibility for that ‘post-salon feeling’. We’re talking volume, body and movement for any hair type - bouncy blowdrys are the best!
However, going to the salon isn’t always feasible every time you’re in dire need of a good hair day. Your hair, as cliche as it sounds, is your crown. That post-salon feeling is all about feeling beautiful and confident, and it shouldn’t be limited to only being able to get it from your hairdresser.
At Stranded, we are committed to making our customers feel confident; whether that is through clipping in their most-loved extensions, gaining the knowledge to look after their natural tresses, or learning how to create their favourite hairstyle at home - just like this blog.
Specifically, in this blog, you will learn what a bouncy blow dry is, how to create it with the tools you have at home and how to enhance it. By the end, you will feel confident in your ability to create that post-salon feeling all by yourself, no matter where you are or where you’re going!
- What is a bouncy blowdry?
- Can I do a bouncy blowdry at home?
- How to create a bouncy blowdry with a hairdryer
- How to create a bouncy blowdry with a hot air tool
- How to create a bouncy blowdry with a curler
- How to create a bouncy blowdry with a heatless curler
- How to enhance your bouncy blowdry
What is a bouncy blowdry?
Bouncy blowdrys are the ultimate salon-finish look, created using a hairdryer and round barrel brushes of different sizes (depending on how much volume and body you want your blowdry to be).
Bouncy blowdrys result in your hair having ‘bouncy’ waves or curls all over, with specific attention paid to adding volume at the root.
Can I do a bouncy blowdry at home?
Creating a bouncy blowdry at home is possible - you don’t have to leave it all to the professionals! With the right tools and technique, and a little practice, a bouncy blowdry will become your favourite style; any day of the week!
TOP TIP: Leave your blowdry to cool and set - do not touch them hot!
How to create a bouncy blowdry with a hairdryer
Traditionally, bouncy blowdries are created using a hairdryer and round barrel brushes. We recommend using the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer (RRP £329.99). For a great variety of different-sized round barrel brushes, we suggest Lily England Recyclable Round Barrel Brush Set - Pink (RRP £24.99).
Whenever using hot tools, you should always protect your hair against heat damage. We love Kevin Murphy Heated Defense 150ml (RRP £30). Bouncy blowdrys work best with a mousse, to add more volume; we recommend using L’oreal Professional Tecni Art Volume Lift Spray Mousse 250ml (RRP £14.75).
If your hair struggles to hold a style, leave your blowdry to set in velcro rollers rather than hanging down. However, velcro rollers shouldn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. We suggest drugstore-own products, such as Superdrug Large Thermo Velcro Rollers X6 (RRP £3.99).
- Apply heat protectant and start by drying your hair until it's around 80% dry.
- Apply hair mousse and split the hair into sections that will lay flat against the round barrel brush.
- Use the concentrated nozzle on the hairdryer, pointing down. Finish drying the hair by pulling it tight, with the brush underneath, for additional volume.
- When the hair is dry, pull the brush from the middle of the section towards the ends and roll it back up to the middle. Focus the heat onto the ends in the brush, continuously brushing the hair down and rolling it back - around 4 or 5 times.
- Repeat all around the hair and leave to cool and set, before shaking the hair out.
How to create a bouncy blowdry with a hot air tool
A really easy way to get a bouncy blowdry without using a hair dryer is using a hot air tool; more commonly known as hot hair brushes. The industry go-to for hot air brushes, and our highest recommendation, is the Revlon Pro Collection One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumiser (RRP £49.99).
Protecting your hair against heat damage is crucial when using any heated tool. We love working with Kevin Murphy Heated Defense 150ml (RRP £30). To help hold the volume and waves in your bouncy blowdry, we suggest using a hair mousse, like L’oreal Professional Tecni Art Volume Lift Spray Mousse 250ml (RRP £14.75).
To hold your hair in place whilst it cools and sets, we recommend using velcro rollers. Drugstore-own products, such as Superdrug Large Thermo Velcro Rollers X6 (RRP £3.99), are just as effective, whilst also affordable.
- Apply heat protectant and dry hair until it is 80% dry.
- Apply hair mousse and divide the hair into sections that will lay flat against the hot air tool.
- Dry the sections from underneath, slowly from root to ends.
- When the hair is dry, pass the brush down the hair from underneath to the bottom, then roll the hair back up into the brush.
- Hold the rolled hair in the brush for 30 seconds then unroll it halfway down. Then, turn the brush and move it downwards, almost brushing the hair out of the hot brush.
- For the top of your hair, put it into a mohawk section - blowing out the hair in strips from crown to front.
- Repeat all around the hair and leave it to cool and set, before shaking it out.
How to create a bouncy blowdry with a straightener
Bouncy blowdrys can be made using straighteners - you aren’t just limited to hair dryers or hot air tools! For easier use to create the bouncy wave, we recommend using curved straighteners such as GHD Gold Hair Straightener (RRP £179).
When using straighteners, or any heated tool, you should always use a heat protectant, to protect your hair against heat damage. We recommend using Kevin Murphy Heated Defense 150ml (RRP £30).
Velcro rollers are a great way to support and help hold the shape of your body blowdry, whilst it cools and sets. Drugstore-own rollers, such as Superdrug Large Thermo Velcro Rollers X6 (RRP £3.99), will do the job perfectly!
- Apply heat protectant and fully dry your hair.
- Split the hair into sections that will lay flat against the heated plate of the straighteners.
- From the root to mid-section, move the straightener straight down.
- From the midsection to the root, bring the straighter down and slowly roll the straighteners under the hair to create a flick.
- For the top of the hair, work in a mohawk section, moving in straight slices from the crown to the front.
- Repeat all around the hair and leave to cool and set, before shaking the hair out at the end.
How to create a bouncy blowdry with a curler
Bouncy blowdrys can even be made with curling wands, though the curls MUST be brushed out! For large, bouncy waves, we recommend using a large barrel wand, such as the Beauty Works X Molly-Mae Curl Kit Volume 2 (RRP £94.99).
To gently brush out your curls, we suggest using a soft bristle brush, like the Cantu Longer Bristle Paddle Brush (RRP £10).
Protect your hair against heat damage when using curling wands and other heated tools! We love Kevin Murphy Heated Defense 150ml (RRP £30).
- Apply heat protectant and fully dry the hair.
- Split the hair into sections that sit flat against the wand.
- Alternate curling the hair towards and away from the face for added dimension (though always away, when curling face-framing pieces).
- Repeat all around the head and leave to cool and set, before brushing the curls out with a soft bristle brush.
For visual step-by-step instructions, watch Chloe Boucher’s Youtube tutorial on ‘How to: Bouncy, Voluminous, Blow-dry Hair with Curling Wand’.
How to create a bouncy blowdry with a heatless curler
Bouncy blowdrys can even be made without heat, using heatless curlers - though they must ALWAYS be brushed out at the end, like heated curls! Designed specifically for a blowdry look, we recommend using the Bouncy Blow Band (RRP £25.99). To gently brush out your curls, use the Cantu Longer Bristle Paddle Brush (RRP £10).
To help hold the style and add volume, we suggest using a mousse such as L’oreal Professional Tecni Art Volume Lift Spray Mousse 250ml (RRP £14.75), when using heatless curlers.
- Leave hair to air dry, until it is 80% dry and apply hair mousse.
- Part the hair and fold the band in half, sliding the comb underneath the band into the centre of your parting.
- Split the hair into 2 sections and wrap the hair tightly around the fabric, leaving space for looser curls - start with one slice of hair from the section and add more as you wrap.
- Secure the mid-section with the built-in hair tie midway down, and continue wrapping the ends of the hair.
- Fold the end over itself and tie again with the other built-in hair tie.
- Repeat on the other side and wear all day or overnight.
- Gently unwrap both sides and remove the comb at the end, before brushing out the curls with a soft bristle brush at the end.
How to enhance your bouncy blowdry
Did you know that Stranded stock clip-in hair extensions that were specifically designed for the bouncy blowdry look?
Our Instant Bouncy Blow Dry Extensions (RRP £39) are 22 inches in length and come in 5 clip-in sections to spread seamlessly around your hair. These extensions are pre-styled, suitable for all hair types and available in up to 32 multidimensional shades, for your perfect colour match.
All of our synthetic extensions, including the Instant Bouncy Blow Dry, are made of Stranded Clever Fibre. Our innovative fibre hair is heat resistant up to 180℃, mimics real hair in both look and texture and holds its ready-made style.
Where to now?
You came to this blog wanting to put down your appointment book and learn how to create a bouncy blowdry at home. Since reading, you have learnt what exactly a bouncy blowdry is and how to create it using a hair dryer, hot air tool, straightener, curler and heatless curler.
Here at Stranded, our commitment to making our customers feel confident drives everything that we do, from our blog content to the quality of our extensions. Educating our customers helps them feel confident in their own autonomy and independence when it comes to their hair, and their confidence in us keeps them coming back to our extensions.
Did you know that most Stranded customers claim to have two or more of our extensions?
Towards the end of this blog, you also learnt how to enhance your at-home bouncy blowdry with the use of clip-in extensions - specifically, Stranded’s Instant Bouncy Blowdry Extensions.
If you’d like to give your bouncy blowdry ultimate volume and yourself an instant confidence boost, why not get expert colour-matched? Stranded synthetic extensions have up to 32 multidimensional shades to find your perfect colour match and our dedicated experts are on hand to make finding it quick and easy.
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