How to Blow Dry Short Hair Perfectly (Step-by-Step Guide)

Short hair can be a bit of a challenge when drying it properly.

You don’t want to end up with frizzy or fluffed hair or have to watch several hair tutorials to get hairdryer answers. So here are some tips to help you know how to blow dry your short hair like a pro. 

After extensive research, I found all the expert hacks and professional hairstylist tips to blow drying short hair perfectly.

Continue reading to learn. 

How to Blow Dry Short Hair In 7 Easy Steps

Here are your seven steps for blow-drying short hair.

1. Protect Your Hair with Moisturizer and Heat Protectants

One of the most important things you can do when blow-drying your hair is to protect it with a moisturizer. A good moisturizer will help to reduce frizz and keep your hair looking healthy. [1]

There are a lot of different moisturizers on the market, so you may have to experiment to find the one that works best for you.

woman putting on a hair moisturizer

I recommend trying a few different types until you find one that hydrates your hair and helps to smooth frizzy hair.

Once you find a good moisturizer for your hair type, use it every time you dry it. It will help keep your hair looking healthy and shiny, and it will also help to have frizz-free hair.

Use a trusted heat protectant, hair serum, or hair cream before blow-drying your hair to keep it shiny hair and ensure that the bit of texture softens. 

2. Divide Your Hair into Sections

One of the best ways to ensure your hair is evenly dried is to divide it into sections. This will help you dry each hair section evenly and avoid any fizziness.

There are a few different ways to section your hair, but I find the easiest way is to use a clip.

Clip your hair into six or eight sections, depending on how thick your hair is, and you’re ready to start drying.

After you’ve achieved a smooth finish, you might be wondering “how to curl your hair with a blow dryer without a round brush.”

While this section focuses on drying, there are innovative methods to achieve those curls with just a blow dryer, which we’ll delve into in another section.

3. Select the Right Temperature

When blow-drying the hair, it’s essential to select the right temperature. 

If you use too little heat, your hair won’t be adequately dried, and it won’t be easy to style. If you use too much heat, it can damage and dry your hair. [2]

Some prefer to air dry [3] or a cool blowout before starting the final blow-drying process

I find that the best temperature for my blow dryer is around medium-high. This will help to dry your hair quickly without any heat damage.

If you have a thick head of hair, you may need to increase the temperature a bit. But be careful not to go too high, or you may have fried hair. 

You can check different settings of your hairdryer and see which settings work best for you.

4. Start Drying in Sections

First, you need to section your hair with a paddle brush, a flat brush, or a wide-tooth comb, depending on your hair type. Now it’s time to start drying the sections of hair.

Please start at the Back because the back of your head will be the most challenging part to dry, so it’s a good idea to start there.

Use a round brush to dry your hair, and keep the meeting moving circularly. 

5. Use a Round Brush to Give Volume

When blow-drying your hair, using a round brush is essential to give it volume. A round encounter is a perfect tool for adding volume to your hair, and it will also help dry your hair more quickly.

Round Boar Bristle Brush

To use a round brush, start at the roots of your hair and make small circular motions. Keep the meeting moving, and don’t stop until your hair is dry.

If you want more volume, you can also use a hair dryer to help you achieve the desired look. Just point the hairdryer at the roots of your hair and blast them with hot air.

This will help to lift your hair and give you more volume. 

6. Style Your Hair

Once your hair is completely dry, it’s time to style it. There are many ways to style short hair, so you can choose the best style for you. 

woman with a simple short hairstyle

To maintain the style you select, using a comb, styling gel, and a dab of styling cream can maintain definition with styling products. 

One of my favorite styles is the messy bun.

To tie your hair into a messy bun, first, pull all of your hair up into a high ponytail. Now twist the ponytail and wrap it around the base of the ponytail. Pin it in place with some bobby pins, and you’re done.

If you don’t like buns, you can try a simple bob haircut. This style is effortless to maintain, and all you have to do is brush it regularly. 

Speaking of hair care, many often wonder, “Is blow drying better than flat ironing?” While both methods have their pros and cons, it’s essential to understand what works best for your hair type and desired look.

7. Use a Hair Spray for Setting Your Hair

Hair spray is a great way to finish your hairstyle and ensure it stays in place all day long. It’s an excellent way to protect your hair from the heat of a hairdryer.

lady spraying her hair

You can spray small sections of hair to keep your hair intact. 

There are many different types of hair spray, so you may have to experiment to find the one that works best for you.

I recommend trying a few different types until you find one that holds your style in place.

Once you find a good hair spray according to your hair type, use it every time you style your hair. This leaves the hair smooth after using the hair dryer. 

It will help keep your hair looking healthy and shiny, and it will help keep your style in place all day long.

If you are still uncertain how to use your blow dryer or airflow, watch the video below for further exclusive hair care tips:


Can Short Hair Be Blow-Dried?

Yes. Blow-drying is a great way to style short hair, and it will help keep your style in place all day long. Be sure to use a good hair spray to finish off your hairstyle.

How Can I Make My Short Hairless Fluffy?

If you want short hair that is less fluffy and more manageable, you may want to use a good hair gel. Use the hair gel at the roots of your hair and then brush it through the rest of your hair. 

How Can I Make My Short Hair Look Good?

It can be tough to make short hair look good. However, using a good quality hair gel and brushing your hair at the roots can make it look slightly better.

How Can I Get Volume Without Teasing?

Using a good-quality hair volumizing spray to create volume without teasing protects it. Brushing your hair at the roots will also help add volume and loose waves, making your hair look thicker.


That’s it, and now you know how to blow dry short hair.

Short hair can be a challenge to style, but you can make it look good if you use the right products and techniques. [1]

Be sure to use a good quality hair gel and brush your hair at the roots for best results.

You can use a round brush with a blow dryer to give your hair volume. And finally, finish off your hairstyle with some hairspray for some natural curls. 

When following these tips properly, the results will result in salon-like blowouts. 

salon professional demonstrating How to Blow Dry Short Hair


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  • 3. Should You Really Air-Dry Your Hair Every Day? [Internet]. Healthline. 2021. Available from:
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