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How I Round Brush (Blow Dry) My Hair

How I round brush my hair dry brighton keller round brush

After publishing my video last month about how I use dry shampoo to get volume in my hair, I got several requests to publish another tutorial on how I round brush my hair (just in general). I’ve shown y’all a few tricks here and there on Instagram stories, but I wanted a place on the blog where we could talk ALL THINGS round-brushing techniques. And just to have everything all in one place!

This post is part of my ‘hair volume series’ that I’m putting together for you guys so that you have ALL of my hair tricks available to reference whenever you need! Upcoming posts you can expect include the following: (1) How I Use Velcro Rollers to Get Volume, (2) My Favorite Hair Products To Use for Dry & Wet Hair, and (3) Overnight Velcro Rollers Hack for Volume. We’ll be rolling these out over the next month or so – so stay tuned!

Today we’ll be talking about how to round brush your hair dry – specifically focusing on techniques and tips for doing your very own at home blowout! Before we start, you’re going to need a few things in order to do this well.

Make sure you have the following tools:

  • Round brush – I recommend getting a big one and a small one too but if you have to choose, then get a big one
  • Blow Dryer with nozzle – this makes a huge difference when blow-drying your hair and will be CRUCIAL in getting the results you need
  • Product – you’re going to want to get some product to put in your hair while it’s wet. Otherwise, your hair doesn’t have anything to work with and it will be difficult to get it to behave the way you want it to
  • Clips or ponytail – you’ll want to use this to section out your hair. It’ll make it easier

(see previous dry shampoo blog post for product recommendations)

How to Blow Dry Hair for A Voluminous At-Home Blowout

Be sure to watch the video – as it will help make sense of the steps below! Please let me know if you have any questions! I’d be more than happy to answer!

Step No. 1: Wash your hair with shampoo & conditioner

I’ll do another post on my favorite shampoos & conditioners and leave-in treatments. In today’s tutorial, I really just want to focus on the skills and techniques I use while blow-drying my hair, rather than getting into all the details on the product. The truth is, I have A LOT of favorite products and am always switching them up too!

Step No. 2: Brush (wet) hair

Brush your hair with a regular brush or wide tooth comb (which is actually better for your hair). This will prep your hair so that you’re able to apply product next.

Step No. 3: Apply product

I’m sure you’ve heard before, but applying product really does make a huge difference when it comes to styling hair. I’ve found that applying products while my hair wet has made night and day difference to how responsive my hair is when round brushing. Again, I don’t want to get into the specific products I use in this blog post (I’ll save that for another post!), but I think it’s important to apply some form of the following types of hair products:

  • heat-protectant
  • volumizing mousse throughout roots & length of hair
  • root lifter or spray tonic

After applying your product, let your hair air dry a bit.  It’s easier to round brush your hair when it’s less wet and it will definitely speed up the process too. if you’re in a hurry, try towel-drying your hair to absorb most of the moisture.

Step No. 4: Section & Blow dry hair

Now that you’ve applied your product and your hair is damp, it’s time to start working some magic and get to the actual blow-drying part. There are a few skills that will take some practice, but I promise that no matter WHAT kind of hair you have, you’ll be able to make it work. And you WILL get better with time and practice! There are two specific skills that I use interchangeably throughout round-brushing my hair dry that I want to lay out and explain to you:

  1. The Roly Poly – It will probably make more sense when you watch the video, but basically this technique is where you roll the brush through your fingers as your run your hair under the blowdryer. Essentially, you are rolling the round brush back and forth through your hair from top to bottom applying heat. It will help your hair smooth and hold the shape of the round brush.
  2. The Middle Fing Grab & Re-Grab – I hold the blowdryer with my dominant hand. When I need to “re-grab” a strand of hair to run it under the blow dryer again, I’ll use my middle finger (from the hand holding the blowdryer) to pick up the hair and then RE-wrap it around the round brush. Working through each individual strand to get the desired result. This is great for anyone who has cowlicks like I do!

You’ll be using a combination of these two skills to round brush your hair. Start with the first section and repeat until you get to top of your head. You’ll want to apply special attention to the sections of hair surrounding your hairline and part.

Step No. 5: Style Dry Hair

Once I’m done round-brushing my hair and it’s all dry, I usually apply some sort of texturizing product or hairspray to give it some ‘grit’. Here are few of my favorites:

I hope this helps y’all! Please let me know if you have any questions!

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    January 27, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Love love the video! Any chance you’ll do a video on a curly hair tutorial? I know you mentioned it in Insta Stories and wasn’t sure if that was still on the table.

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    January 23, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Trying to figure out how to round brush my hair, I found your video. I haven’t bought any brushes yet, and I when I click on yours above, it only wants to pin them. Help? Thanks!

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    January 22, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your technique on blowing drying with round brushes. I can’t wait to try this technique. After I get the same size brushes you use.
    Your hair looks amazing!! And so soft!!

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    Tamara Chloé
    January 20, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Love, love, love this video! I used to round brush my hair years ago and get the same volume like you do. For some reason I stopped doing it, and just use the flat iron. I am totally going back to round brushing it straight again! It looks so good on you.

    Thanks so much for sharing <3

    xx Tamara Chloé

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    Mary Ann Zimmerman
    January 20, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    What is the color of your lipstick in the still photo?❤️

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    January 20, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Your hair looks great! You should do a tutorial on creating curls with a blow dryer. I always have trouble with that!

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    Sue Sue Drennen
    January 19, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Ok- I can’t wait to try this. I have had trouble in the past with the Roly Poly move because my hair kind of gets tangled (I have curly wavy long hair). Any suggestions? Hopefully your tricks help! Can’t wait to try.

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      Brighton Keller
      January 19, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      I totally get that! When you first are blow drying your hair try to smooth it out as you are drying. This will give you a better base to start with!

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    Heather Gunneman
    January 19, 2018 at 11:33 am

    I have yet to master the middle finger re-grab. I set my blow dryer down and use my hand to re-position my hair on my round brush so it doesn’t fall.

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    January 19, 2018 at 11:09 am

    I think the brush you have linked at Ulta is a smaller brush than the size seen in the video. Am I seeing things? Always possible! I went to buy it and it was the same size as the Drybar Double Pint brush. Just wanted to double check!

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      Brighton Keller
      January 19, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      When you go to to the link, there is a section that says option below the photo. There you can click multiple sizes.

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    January 19, 2018 at 10:46 am

    you’re hair is like a trademark for you!! I’ve seen you use your “middle finger grab and regrab” in past tutorials but could never figure out how to do it until you gave it a name this time around! Hopefully I’ll be able to learn how to do it as quick as you. Thanks for the help. xxCaryn

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      January 19, 2018 at 10:46 am

      ugh…your** grammar.

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      Brighton Keller
      January 19, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      Hope this helped! It took forever to figure out the perfect name, but I think that describes it. Can’t wait to hear about how this transforms your hair routines!

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    Maddy Smith
    January 19, 2018 at 9:57 am

    I always thought you had straight hair so I felt like mine had no hope to look like yours!! I’m ordering a round brush and new blow dryer today because I think this is going to change my life!! Question though- what makes you switch back & forth between round brushes, is there a system you have for that or am I getting ahead of myself?!

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      Brighton Keller
      January 19, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      It depends really on what I want to use/whats handy on the counter. But I bought the different sizes for the different lengths of my hair. Longer hair works best with those large brushes and cowlicks and bangs are able to be focused on with a smaller brush

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    January 19, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Ugh I am obsessed with your hair. Makes me want to chop my hair even more than I already have! Have you always had such thick hair?? So jeal!!

    Emma | Seeking the South

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      Brighton Keller
      January 19, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      No, not at all. I actually have really thin hair. I’m able to make it appear thicker and more voluminous with products I use

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    January 19, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Omg your hair looks AMAZING. This actually gives me huge hope for doing a blow out on my hair. I went lob style maybe two years ago and haven’t gone for a blowout (or done one myself) since. I figured what’s the point – I don’t have long hair anymore! But preeeetty sure your photos are giving me new life. Love it!

    xoxo Kelsey

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