4 Steps to Straighten Hair With a Blow Dryer [Simple Guide]

Welcome all, fabulous folks, to this guide on “How to Straighten Your Hair With a Blow Dryer” – a beauty trick that should be in everyone’s hair-care playbook.

You’ve landed in the right place if you’re tired of frizzy mornings and have always dreamed of silky, straight tresses without needing a salon appointment.

Get your blow dryer, and let’s make your mane magic together!

With a sprinkle of patience, a dash of technique, and our trusty hair hero, the blow dryer, we’re on a fast track to fabulousness.

Key Takeaways

  • Mastering a blow dryer for straightening is a versatile skill that brings salon-quality results at home.”
  • Using a heat protectant spray and a quality brush is key to protecting hair and achieving smooth, straight locks.”
  • Practice and patience go a long way in perfecting your blow-drying technique for a frizz-free, shiny finish.”

How to Straighten Your Hair With a Blow Dryer

1- Prepare Your Hair First

Before you begin with hairstyling, preparing your hair correctly can make the process much more effective and easier. 

It will also help you get silky and shiny hair after styling. 

You do not need to use a flat iron daily when straightening the hair. Your hairdryer can do the job as well as the iron.

lady washing her hair
  • First, start preparing the hair by showering. As you look forward to straightening your hair, using a hair straightening shampoo and conditioner will be more effective. You can also use moisturizing hair musk for extra moisture in the hair.
  • After getting out of the shower, use a towel or an old T-shirt to remove the excess water. But be careful not to rub the hair. It can make the hair frizzy and hard to manage. Instead, remove the water by squeezing the hair.
  • Use heat-protectant products for your hair does not get fried and damaged. Those products protect the hair from heat. And it is one crucial step you should never skip.
  • If you did all these steps in the bathroom, blow-drying there is not a good idea—the humidity level increases when you take a hot shower in the bathroom. Extra humidity in the air can make your hair frizzy and unmanageable. So, getting out of your bathroom and blow-drying your hair somewhere without humidity will be best.
  • Finally, when your hair is ready for styling, it comes using a good-quality hairdryer with a nozzle. The nozzle will concentrate the heat to a certain point so the curls will break up. Besides, the power of your hairdryer is also important. You can find it in the bottom part of the dryer. Never forget to check it before buying one.

However, here we have used BIO IONIC Goldpro Dryer. It has all the recent technologies and features, and we like its top-notch performance and build quality.

2- Start Straightening With Blow Dryer

Step 1:

  • First, do not jump directly to the straightening process with the hairdryer.
  • Stick with your hairdryer and use it on your hair for a few minutes to eliminate the excess water.
  • Put your dryer about 3-5 inches from your head and dry it about 80 percent without using any brush.
  • While blow-drying, you can use your other hand’s fingers to comb gently through your strands. Point the dryer at about a 45-degree angle. This will keep the cuticles closed and give you a smoother look.
  • You can blow-dry in the upside-down method to get the volume.

Step 2:

  • Once you have finished drying your hair, you will need a round brush.
  • But make sure the bristles are wide enough.
  • You can also use a medium paddle brush with holes if you prefer.
  • Now section the top of your hair and pin it on your head. Thus, it will not bother you while straightening your hair from the bottom to the top.

Step 3:

  • Attach the nozzle to the blow-dryer and then lay your nozzle flat against your hair and round, brushing your hair from the roots to the bottom.
  • Take a small section of your hair and place it on top of your round brush and move the brush slowly down along with the blow dryer. In that time, do a little round brushing so that the strands will be perfectly sleek after finishing that section, and move on to another section and continue doing it.
  • However, ensure you work well on the root area before sliding the blow dryer down to the end. Remember, while blow-drying your hair, using the brush in a curling motion is essential, especially if you are working on the tough area of your shafts, such as the roots or the ends.

A Tip: For those who do not want volume at the roots of their hair, wrap the section of your hair around the brush and slide both the brush and the blow dryer down slowly.

As we have mentioned earlier, if you do not like to use a round brush, you can use a paddle brush the same way we have described above.

Step 4:

Now it’s time to seal the straightened hair.

  • The best way to seal it is by using a cool blowout by pressing your hairdryer’s cool shot button and sticking it on your hair for a few minutes.
  • If there remain any sections that you are not happy with, you can use your flat iron to give it the final touch-ups.
  • If you are not too picky, you can skip this part. However, most hair dryers have a cool shot button. If your hairdryer has no, buy a recent model dryer with this “cool shot button.”

3- The Finishing Touch

You must do a few things to keep straightened hair longer and maintain good health. 

After straightening all the parts of your hair, you need to turn your hairdryer to the cool setting and blast your hair with cold air from the roots to the ends. This helps the strands stay flat and prevent frizzing.

Apply some hair serum or argan oil to keep the hair sleek, shiny, and straight. 

Take a small amount of anti-frizz serum or argan oil and use your fingers to comb gently throughout your hair.

For more tips, here’s an excellent video to watch:

Some Important Things to Remember When Straightening Your Hair With a Blow Dryer

  • Do not try to save money on your hairdryer. Buy a high-quality one with recent technology and added hair dryer features.
  • Check whether your blow dryer has cold airflow and ionizers. These features do less damage to your hair.
  • You should use a comb with a bigger diameter if you have very long hair.
  • It would be best if you did not use a hair dryer daily. It will make your hair dry permanently and accelerate hair fragility.
  • Stay out of using any chemical products while straightening your hair.

However, straightening your hair with a blow-dryer will keep your hair healthier and obtain better results.

Dive into the details with my guides on ‘Is the Revlon Hair Dryer Brush Damaging‘ and ‘Difference Between Blow Dryer and Hair Dryer‘ for clarity and informed hair care choices!


How can I protect my hair from heat damage while straightening with a blow dryer?

Always use a heat protectant spray before blow-drying your hair. It creates a protective barrier that helps reduce potential heat damage.

What type of brush should I use for blow-drying my hair straight?

A round brush with either natural or mixed bristles is ideal for blow-drying your hair straight. It helps to create tension and smoothness while drying.

My hair tends to get frizzy after blow-drying; any tips to avoid this?

Try to finish off your blow-drying session with a blast of cool air. This helps to close the hair cuticle, reducing frizz and adding shine.


As we draw the curtain on our hair-straightening adventure, remember that mastering the blow dryer method is all about practice and understanding your unique hair type.

Keep your hair hydrated and protected to ensure a smooth and shiny outcome.

Hair straightening at home can be a fun, frizz-free experience with the right tools, technique, and patience.

Remember, with our hair; we’re always painting a canvas of self-expression.

So, here’s a thought, how will you express your unique style the next time you pick up your blow dryer?

lady at the salon and a professional holding a blow dryer and brush at her back


About Sylvia K

Sylvia is one of the most joyful people you’ll ever meet. She is a high advocate of self-love and encourages women to take care of themselves both mentally and physically. She loves girly talks especially salon talks (a little gossip doesn’t hurt) and spends most of her free time on skincare or hair care. READ HER LATEST ARTICLES. Find her on LINKEDIN. Learn more about her HERE.

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