Hair Dryers For Men – How to Blow Dry Your Hair (II)

This is a men’s hair tutorial on how to use a hair dryer whether you have curly or straight hair. Also known as blow dryers, hair dryers are not difficult to use provide you follow certain guidelines. This is Part 2 of the tutorial, click here for Part 1.

Hair Dryer Tutorial For Men Part 2

Preventing heat damage from the hair dryer with hair products

Another way of preventing hair damage from the heat of the hair dryer is by coating your hair in a special heat-protecting product prior to blow drying your hair. These products go are usually called “heat protector” or “thermal protecting”; whatever name they go by, they will always state in the label (and usually in the name of the product) that the product is designed to protect the hair from excessive heat as given out by hair dryers and hair straighteners.

Frequency of hair dryer use

In terms of the ideal frequency of blow-drying your hair, you should stay away from daily use of the hair dryer. Any frequency other than daily is good enough although your optimal frequency will be subject to the hairstyles that you decide to sport. If you want to use your hair dryer with a relatively-high frequency (i.e. every other day), then ensure that you are 1) always using the coldest temperature, 2) that you are using a heat-protecting product, 3) that you are clipping in a diffuser and 4) that you are spending the least amount of time (i.e. 3 seconds) per “shot” part of each scalp segment.

As a summary, in order to use a hair dryer you must do the following:

  1. Work on a given scalp segment at a time, aiming at different parts of the segment so as to cover its entirety. Don’t move on to the next segment until you’ve blow-dried the current segment. Use a 3-5-second tempo per shot.
  2. Clip a diffuser, especially if your use of the hair dryer is more to speed up the drying of your hair than to enhance hairstyles. If you want to use the hair dryer frequently (i.e. every other day), clip in the diffuser too.
  3. Use the lowest temperature on the settings for the hair dryer. The hair should be damp, not wet; you should not blow dry the hair until it becomes fully dried.
  4. Don’t blow dry your hair every day, the highest frequency should be every other day. Coat your hair with a heat-protecting product if your frequency of hair-dryer use is high.

A hair dryer to blow dry hair with a diffuser clipped in

Best Men’s Hair Dryers

Well, technically, there aren’t hair dryers specific to men (or at least good ones); rather, what we have in the market ranges from fluorescent pink and Hello-Kitty designs to elegant and discreet dark tones and shapes for the hair dryers. Thus, bearing in mind the “manly” word of my site’s name, below are some high-quality/good-value hair dryers you can get at Amazon (just about all already include a diffuser with the product too):

Conclusion to the Hair Dryer Tutorial For Men

That’s it fellas. Make sure you have read Part 1 of this tutorial and that you buy a good hair dryer if you want to put yourself to the task. Blow drying hair is not difficult although it does run a risk of damaging your hair if done improperly. Thus, follow this hair dryer tutorial to the T and get those luscious locks even more luscious!

All the best.

Rogelio

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Rogelio is the go-to guy when it comes to men's hair. Having embraced his natural curly hair for over a decade while living in 5 countries, Rogelio has learnt a thing or two along the way. Rogelio is the author of the two bestselling men's books "The Curly Hair Book" and "The Men's Hair Book", and his motto when it comes to hair is, "Gentlemen, having a good head of hair should not cost us our testosterone".

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4 comments for “Hair Dryers For Men – How to Blow Dry Your Hair (II)

  1. Alex
    May 9, 2015 at 7:59 pm
    • Rogelio
      May 10, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Hi Alex,

      Yes, go with that one. It’s cheap but still within the good range. Go for it.

      best

  2. Alex
    April 26, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Do I apply the heat protecting spray, blow dry my hair and then apply the hair styling product?

    • Rogelio
      April 26, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      Hi Alex,

      That is indeed correct. However, if you aren’t going to be using the hair dryer every day, you can skip the heat-protecting spray. Any time that you feel like increasing your frequency of hair dryer use and you find yourself practically blow dying your hair every day, it’s then that you’d introduce the heat-protecting spray (before blow drying) so as to protect your hair from the frequent heat that the warm air from the hair dryer emits.

      The application of the heat-protection spray is very easy and takes you second, so it’s a product that’s worth buying and having at home just in case.

      Best!

      Rogelio

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