Thursday 14 December 2017

5 steps to salon quality blowdry

09/05/2014. Pictured is stylist Matthew Feeney at the boutique salon Aviary Lane on South Anne Street in Dublin. Photo: El Keegan

Nadia El Ferdaoussi

I've been after the look of a salon quality blow dry that I can do while in the comfort of my own home (I know a girl who does it naked so she doesn't get too hot, a friend I swear) for a while now.

So this week I got the low down from hair stylist Matthew Feeney at Aviary Lane on South Anne St., in Dublin.

I asked him to keep it as simple as possible, so that us mere mortals could recreate the blow dry without an army of products or an array of expensive tools.  If there was more than one round brush involved, I was walking out!

What you will need though is a good quality hair dryer with a concentrator nozzle and a bit of upper body strength.


Follow these five easy steps for a sleek professional finish.

1. Mousse has come a long way from the sticky mess we used in the 90s.

An essential for creating lift at the roots, apply Davines Volumising Moose, €21, massaging in with your fingertips for a volume boost.  If your ends are dry or colour treated, the Beautifying Potion in the range is to die for, €39.50.

Rough dry your hair to about 60% by blasting in the opposite direction than it normally lies.




2. Section hair from ear to ear, then work your way up from the back in rows of about 2 inches. Get roots dry on both sides while lifting hair away from the head - pull straight out to create tension.

Curl ends around the brush and hold for a few seconds, finishing with a cool shot to set before releasing.  You can curl under or over, it's your choice...anything that's not straight down will give your look more movement.


3. When you get to the crown, dry towards the back of your head, instead of either side of your parting.



4. Do the same with your fringe or hair around the face.  Wrap the brush in at the root and really give it a good pull to smooth out any kinks in these smaller sections.


5. Finish with a hairspray that's brushable like Davines Medium Hairspray or Elnett Satin Normal Strength, €8.89 to hold the look but prevent any nasty crispiness!


The Daviness range is available at Aviary Lane, 01-611 1101.


Read Nadia every Thursday in The Insider, free with the The Irish Independent. 

First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent

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