The foundations we learned in school included the principles of setting the hair with rollers. Reach back…do you remember what you were taught?
These principles taught us how to achieve various degrees of volume based on the placement of the roller in relation to where it sits at various degrees from the scalp.
Let’s take a look at how these same principles relate to blow-drying the hair. Guess what… they are the same! We are just using brushes instead of rollers and a blow dryer instead of a hood dryer.
Blow-dry’s can be one of the most pivotal services we perform for our guests. We can enhance or destroy a great haircut or we can “brush-a-flage” a terrible haircut into something beautiful (of course it would be someone else’s terrible haircut). To perform these works of magic we need the tools, product and the skills to do so!
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Now for a brush up on skills…
This placement of the brush will result in the least amount of volume off the scalp. It is the placement for today’s modern looks from approximately the occipital and below to keep the hair closer to the scalp for a sleek end result.
NOTE – Notice the amount of space between the scalp and the area where the hair begins to curve around the brush – this is the positioning for reduction of volume that you will see when the section is fully cooled and released.
Half Off Base
This placement of the brush will result in a reasonable amount of volume off the scalp. It is the placement for today’s modern looks from approximately the parietal ridge to the occipital for the fullness our guests’ yearn for!
NOTE – Notice the amount of space between the scalp and the area where the hair begins to curve around the brush is decreased compared to the placement Off Base.
HOT TIP: This is also the area of the head that would benefit from the technique “Texture Volume” utilizing the Sam Villa® Textur Iron to impart even more volume – hidden volume is created by inserting the iron vertically around the head in one-inch sections.
This placement of the brush will result in maximum volume off the scalp. It is especially favorable for today’s modern looks to impart the most volume to the top of the head from the parietal ridge and above.
The cooling process is key in a blow dry as we were also taught in school with a roller set. Remember we had the guest sit and cool after removing the hood dryer from her head? The hydrogen bonds break down with water when the hair is shampooed and are reformed as the hair dries to take the shape of the roller.
The same process occurs when we blow dry. The cooling process is necessary for longevity. If we release the pins from our sections too soon and the hair is not completely cooled down, the blow dry you spent so much time on will fall quickly.
Unless your guest is in a big hurry, this time is relaxing. Add value by letting your guest know why the process is followed – that you have her best interest in mind for her blow dry to last 2-3, maybe even 4 days (depending on the hair type). This is also the time to recommend a dry shampoo for your guest to utilize at home on the second day after her visit.
Redken pillow proof two day blow dry extender: This is a style-extending dry shampoo that instantly refreshes hair and absorbs oil to extend the life of your guests’ blow-dry.
Never underestimate the power of the fundamentals we learned in school. Our creativity comes out of adapting fundamentals – experimenting on how far we can break out and put our signatures on our work. When we get stuck, we will greatly benefit by reaching back to what we learned. Those fundamentals got us to where we are today!
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