How to do the basic blow dry {video tutorial}


Hey friends! So after many requests I have decided to switch things up a little and do a few hair tutorials this week. I’ve been a professional hairstylist for 6 years, so this will be fun. :) I no longer work in a salon, but I still do a few friends out of my home each week. I love doing hair! Today I’m going to show you how to do the basic blow dry. If you have any specific requests, let me know in the comments.

blow dry

This is my FIRST vlog (video tutorial) I have filmed, so bare with me. You can expect a few more vlogs through out the week. K… and don’t laugh! P.S. It’s kind of long, so just skip to the end if you want to. haha!

Recap- The key things that make a great blow dry are:


    1. Using the right products. I like using It’s a 10 Miracle Styling Cream  on my ends and Super Star thickening spray for my roots.
    2. Let your hair dry 75% and then start round brushing. Divide your hair into 4-5 sections (I wonder how many times I said “section” in the video-haha) with clips.
    3. Use a 2 inch bristle  brush and pull the hair UP with the blow dryer, then out to the center and then down to give the ends a smooth finish.
    4. If desired, go over your hair with a straightener.
    5. Tease and spray.

So that’s how it’s done. It’s pretty simple once you get the hang of using the round brush. Practice makes perfect! Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you another basic style you can do. :)

Thanks for watching!

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Abbey from the Cards we Drew posted on March 27, 2012 at 10:19 am (#

    Nice work lady! :o) Very informative! I may have to try that round brush to see if it helps with my frizz! P.S. You move in hyper drive when you’re drying your hair, huh?! *winks*

    • Jamielyn posted on March 27, 2012 at 10:50 am (#

      Thanks Abbey! Haha we may have made it faster during those parts. It was 11 minutes before! lol!

  2. Kim posted on March 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm (#

    Hello Jamielyn,
    I actually wanted to ask a quick question about your black granite counter tops from your kitchen remodel!! We are about to start a similar project on thursday and wondered if you might still have the contact info on the guy that installed them for you? They look great and it’s exactly the look Im going for. I would love to hear from you. Thanks Kim (

    • Jamielyn posted on March 29, 2012 at 10:12 am (#

      Hey Kim! I actually found the guy on Craigslist. I so wish I had his number. If you search granite counter tops look for the guys name “Barry.” Just make sure to tell him you have a better deal and he’ll beat the price. ;)

  3. Cranberry Morning posted on March 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm (#

    Nice! I blow dry my hair a certain way and after I get a haircut, my hair won’t ‘work’ for about two weeks! I absolutely hate spending time on my hair, but I guess it’s what one has to do. Your cut and blow dry is CUTE. :-)

    • Jamielyn posted on March 29, 2012 at 10:11 am (#

      Ah thank you! haha my hairs the same way. It always takes a few weeks to grow into the cut.

  4. Janet posted on March 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm (#

    Great job with your first video! Thanks for the tips. :)

    • Jamielyn posted on March 29, 2012 at 10:10 am (#

      Thanks Janet for your comment. I really appreciate it! :)

  5. Ashley posted on March 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm (#

    Your hair is amazingly beautiful! I have been looking for really good products. I’m going to check out the miracle styling cream you suggested.

    • Jamielyn posted on March 29, 2012 at 10:10 am (#

      Thanks Ashley! I love the It’s a 10 products. They’re great and not too expensive.

  6. Maribeth All posted on March 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm (#

    I LOVE your blog and I’m on it every night! I’m learning so many things and new ideas.


    • Jamielyn posted on March 29, 2012 at 10:09 am (#

      Ah thanks Maribeth! I really appreciate it! {hugs}

  7. Jacey posted on March 28, 2012 at 8:13 am (#

    Thanks for this! Would love to hear more about hair styles and products! Always a mystery to me!

    • Jamielyn posted on March 29, 2012 at 10:08 am (#

      Hey Jacey! I’ll be doing a post on products tomorrow. Come by tomorrow afternoon. :)

  8. Stacy posted on March 28, 2012 at 10:03 am (#

    I love you blog and your video was great! Could you tell me what kind of hair dryer you recommend and what heat setting and dryer speed you recommend? Thank you!!

  9. Clarissa posted on March 29, 2012 at 9:18 am (#

    I’m a cosmetologist too and I always love watching how other stylists do their hair! I do mine the exact same way and even use the same products. LOL! I’m in desperate need of a haircut though. Any chance you know of some who’d be willing to do it here in the valley?

    • Jamielyn posted on March 29, 2012 at 9:48 am (#

      No way?! How funny. I love learning from other hair stylist too. I think we were all taught the basics, but have each learned different tips and tricks along the way… Where do you live? I need a hair cut too. Maybe we could trade? ;)

      • Clarissa posted on March 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm (#

        I’m all for trading! I’m in Mesa, Lindsay and Southern area. You?

      • Jamielyn posted on April 2, 2012 at 1:07 am (#

        Oh dang I’m on the West side of town… everyone always jokes I’m half way to CA. lol!

  10. Nikki Kelly posted on March 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm (#

    Common. Theme here, but I am also a stylist. 8 years with Toni&Guy. I’m always surprised at how many people don’t know how to blow out their hair efficiently. So this video should be so helpful for people. Btw, have you tried the Salt Spray from Catwalk? It’s bumped Superstar as my favorite volumizer. Even better, it keeps my roots from looking oily a little longer.


  11. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain posted on March 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm (#

    How cute are you! :)
    My only video I’ve dared post was my song to win me a ticket to Snap.

    • Jamielyn posted on April 2, 2012 at 1:12 am (#

      Thank you! I remember making a video for BlogHer. Will you be at SNAP this year?

  12. Laura Ingalls Gunn posted on March 31, 2012 at 6:06 am (#

    This is a wonderful tutorial. I have to wonder what steps are you taking during the time to get your hair 75% dry?

    Thanks so much!

    • Jamielyn posted on April 2, 2012 at 1:05 am (#

      Hey Laura! Usually I just finish my makeup and some chores around the house while it air drys. If I’m in a hurry I’ll flip my head upside down and blowdry it till it’s about 75% dry. Then I’ll start round brushing. Hope that helps. Have a great week.

  13. Michele posted on April 9, 2012 at 6:06 am (#

    You’ve inspired me to blow dry my hair today. I’ve been “embracing” my natural bad perm look too long!

  14. Karen At Home posted on April 12, 2012 at 2:49 am (#

    Loving this series!! So excited to watch your video when the kids are in bed later!!

    • Jamielyn posted on April 12, 2012 at 11:14 pm (#

      Thanks Karen!! Have a great weekend! xo

  15. Erni posted on September 12, 2012 at 12:43 am (#

    Thanks Jamielyn ^^ my frizz hair is getting my nerves. After i saw your vlog, i told myself Oh finally i found the right way to do hair dry by myself and i need to get myself a 2inch brush. Thank you so much, your vlog was very helpful ^^

    • Jamielyn posted on September 13, 2012 at 9:00 pm (#

      Yay I’m so glad you found it helpful! Have a great weekend!