Tutorial on Blow Dry with Volume and Body

Posted in Tutorial on April 6th, 2011 by Reagan

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Here is our fun little blow dry tutorial. Im so excited to get it up! I have been putting off this tutorial for a while, because it is really hard to explain a blow dry properly. There is a lot of information that you forget you ever learned once it becomes second nature to you. Then youre whipping them out just like youd tie your shoe.

There is so much info, that I would have to have someone doing a blow dry in front of me so that I can tell them do this here or do that there. There are wrist movements and brushing patterns, they are really quite complicated!

Two things I forgot to mention: The smaller the brush, the more curl and volume youll get (but it can look funny on too long of hair). And make sure you blow dry working your way from the roots down instead of drying the ends first and working upwards.

Also, rough drying=getting the water out just with your hands and blow dryer before you start trying to create the shape with the brush and sectioning..

I hope this all makes sense! Im a little nervous about how this will go down. Make me proud!
(hint: the video is pretty long, so it might be kind of choppy, depending on connection speed, unless it is allowed to completely load before watching)




28 Responses to Tutorial on Blow Dry with Volume and Body

  1. Amanda Blair Says:

    So ive been practicing this and I am getting pretty good. Im not Reagan level yet but Im getting better. Ive realized getting the right brush is HUGE!

  2. Rae Says:

    That is some freaking delicious hair. Bravo Reags.

  3. jenessa Says:

    i loved every minute of it! thanks for doing this. you are an actual blow out ninja.

  4. Emma Says:

    Amanda Blair you have gorgeous hair! This may seem like a silly question, but what time of hair pins were you using? They didnt leave dents and seemed to hold the hair better than a simply bobby pin!

  5. Emma Says:

    Oh boy I meant type of hair pins Sorry ladies!

  6. Lacretia Says:

    Gorgeous. I love her coloring too. Do you have any suggestions for affordable brushes that will get the job done right? Also, what shine spray did you use?

    Thanks for another great tut Reagan!

  7. Rupsek Says:

    Ok reagan, everytime i check your blog, you inspire me for new ideas, you have loyal reader here. Just keep at that good work ! Btw Amanda Blair your gorgeous. Cya

  8. Allison Says:

    I am so ridiculously jealous of these pictures. Your friend is such a babe and her hair is AMAZING!!! I seriously wish I had a close friend that could do my hair ALL THE TIME hahaha. You do such a fabulous job.
    Props to the photographer too!

  9. Amanda Says:

    Oh my gosh, this made my lunch hour. I cant wait to get home and try it. Amanda Blair, your hair is GORGEOUS, you lucky girl!

    I agree with the others I have a collection of brushes and NONE of them seem right. I could really use some brush guidance!

  10. fiona Says:

    amazingness. you are such an inspiration! thank you so much for having such a kick @** site and for posting such great tutorials.

  11. valerie johnson Says:

    What type/brand of hair dryer do you recommend?

  12. Ann Says:

    Thank you so much! Ive never used a round brush before, Ive always just used a flat brush to blow dry my hair. I just need to start practicing.

  13. Jessica Says:

    This has been amazing! I have a round brush, but I hadnt been using it. I dont need to try to get volume- I have tons of it, but the round brush is definitely helpful for eliminating frizz and it cuts down on flat ironing time! Also, I just bought some redken outshine, and I love it. This and the morocanoil line are my hair miracles!

  14. Meaghan Says:

    At first i thought that 1st pic was Kate Middleton!
    Great tutorial! Looks frickin amazing. Itll take some serious practice, but i think its handy to be talked through it! Guess it helps that Amandas got perfect hair eh?!

  15. Kelly Says:

    GREAT tutorial thank you so much! Amanda Blair you certainly do have some beautiful hair.

    Question do you think Jake would be willing to share his lighting set up for that last picture? Because that is some yummy delicious lighting and Id LOVE to know how he got that look.

  16. Jake Says:

    @Kelly: Hi, Kelly. Thanks for the props! For the lighting in that shot, I just used a single strobe with a 42 reflector umbrella raised to about 1 over her head angled at her face and set about 5 feet to her front/right (camera left).

    Thanks again!


  17. SunSet Says:

    It would not be an understatement for me to say this tutorial has changed my life. Seriously. Im not even into doing my hair. Im almost morally opposed to spending more than 10 minutes on my hair in the morninghowever, after watching this I tried a few of the tricks and I can now get my hair to look about 158% better than ever before in my life in the same amount of time! Where have you been all my life?! Youre amazing. Im totally hooked on your blog now.

  18. KaraK Says:

    Wowthat made perfect sense to me! I have learned so much from this blogthanks for teaching this girl from the middle of nowhere a little about having great hair!

    P.S. Im not gonna lieI got bangs cut because I loved Amanda Blairs so much in the Braided Headband with Side Pony tutorial.

  19. Kelly Says:

    THANKS so much for the feedback Jake. You need to start a Photographer on Fire blog :) You and that lovely wife of yours are entirely too talented!!!

  20. Ariel Says:

    This blew my little mind.I think I will attempt this for date night. Maybe hot hair can counteract the dark circles under my eyes.I am feeling optimistic! Thanks again J & R and Amanda Blair for giving us amazing tuts and making us smile all in one shot!

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  22. Olivia Says:

    I thought it was Kate as well!! It really must be awesome hair!

  23. Types Of Perms Says:

    Damn, i admire you, thats all your work ? Cheers From Slovenia

  24. Tammy Says:

    So I finally found the time to watch this! I love it. I will try it.
    That first picture is gorgeous! I thought it was Dutchess Kate. Whats her last name now?

  25. Tammy Says:

    Now I read the other comments. I was not the only one who thought it was Kate. haha

  26. Taylor Griffin Says:

    what brushes do you use?

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