//From experts to experts…

From experts to experts…

Have you heard about the salt and pepper shaker movement?

A funny movement you can observe many professional hair dressers with is the salt and pepper shaker movement. We have seen it in many salons and have asked hair dressers why they use their salon hair dryer like a salt and pepper shaker. Most of them don’t even know or just inherited this method from their teachers. But here are some good reasons, why hair dressers should stop shaking their hair dryer:
  • there won’t come out any salt or pepper, just air šŸ˜‰
  • hair has a thin protective outer layer of keratin cells called cuticle, these cells are shaped like scales that are layered one over the other. They open up when the hair gets wet, so shaking the hair and the airflow of the hair dryer makes the hair climb up on each other and you end up with frizzy and dull hair
  • the hydrogen and sulphur bonds in hair easily dissolve in water and the shape into which the hair dries will last until you wash it again or apply strong heat on it (what is absolutely not recommended, as strong heat on raised cuticle will cause permanent damage)
  • this movement causes unnecessary strain on the hand, the wrist and upper arm and may be harmful over time
  • professional salon hair dryers are not designed for constant shaking, but maracas are…
  • it is uncomfortable for the customer and he may end up with the impression that you don’t have enough time to dry his hair properly
  • you have no cotrol over the airflow and how it hits the hair, wether it blows with or against the direction of the cuticle
  • this method creates a bad basis that makes it difficult to achieve a perfect blow dry hairstyle
Some hairdressers shake the hair dryer because they don’t want to burn the hair, but…

let’s have a look at air and heat in professional hair dryers

The temperature of the airflow in professional hair dryer is defined by the producer for the different settings of the hair dryer. Without the nozzle, most salon hair dryers will blow heat at the outer edge of the airflow and the air in the middle of the airflow will be colder. Therefore, you may experience “heating rings” in the hair length if you blow too long on one point of the hair without a nozzle. Our engineers designed Dual Air with an even heat distribution over the entire airflow, even without the nozzle.Ā Ā 
Many believe that the number of watts determine wether a professional hair dryer blows dry hair quickly or not. That is a false fact, because there is an optimal level for hair drying.
The velocity of drying hair is influenced by two factors:

  1. the drying power of the air, wich means low humidity in the airflow and
  2. the speed of the airflow.
Both factors reach a point where the drying rate can’t oncrease any further. Regarding the drying power that comes out of a hair dryer – even in a steamy bathroom – , the humidity rate is below 4% when the air reaches a temperature of 80 degrees Celsius. A further increase in temperature has no effect on the actual drying rate. Similar principle also applies to the air velocity. The important thing is to remove water molecules that lie in the inner air layer between the hair strands. This is done by creating turbulences in the air around each hair strand. An adequate amount of air out of the hair dryer makes the hair flutter and creates enough turbulence to remove the water. Even a hurricane in a box won’t accelerate the drying rate.
Dual Air for example uses only 1700 watt, but it dries at an optimal level without burning the hair. When blow drying dry hair, the temperature of the hair increases. You have probably experienced the effect, when you have blow dried a lot on one hair panel and as a result the hair seems faint.

Clean filter effects your hair drying result

If the filter of the hair dryer is blocked with dust or hair, the hair dryer will reach a much higher temperature than it is designed for. This is because the heating elements glow at a specific level, when less air enters the fan due to the blocked filter the hair dryer will therefore become too hot. You can damage the salon equipment and our customer’s hair in the worst case. A good routine is important – choose for example one specific workday a week for cleaning the air intake filter of your professional hair dryer. We’ve made this procedure easy with Dual Air, just rotate the filter until you can smoothly remove it, rinse it under water, dry it with a clean wipe and set it back again. No big deal at all, but huge effect on your hair drying result!

Consider the direction of the cuticles under drying hair

What happens when you take two fishes and rub them against each other in opposite directions? The same what happens to the fish scales will also happen to the hair. The cuticles of the hair are opened when the air is wet and the more treatment you apply on the hair, the more the cuticles open. When shaking on both the hair and the hair dryer, you make small whirlwinds in the hair and the strands filter together and begin to climb upwards on each other. When the hair is dry then, the cuticle layers stand upwards and splay, the hair is slightly twisted in each other. When brushing through the hair and using a heat tool or a warm hair dryer and a brush over the hair strands, permanent damage can be done to the hair. Such as split cuticle layers and a dull hair.
This is not what we want, so therefore, it is important to hold the hair dryer in a balanced grip and let the airflow work into the direction of the cuticle. Use big movements, this is better for your body and for the customer’s hair, and it looks even more professional. When you want to add volume to a hairstyle, first blow the hair against the direction of growth, but in the direction of the cuticle. If you don’t want a voluminous hairstyle, blow dry it with the direction of growth. Imagine the shape and direction of the hairstyle all the way from the beginning, when drying out the water of the hair.

Professional hair drying saves time

By considering the direction of the hair from the beginning of blow drying away the water molecules, you get a good base for your styling. If you are going to blow dry long hair, division of the hair is important. Then you work systematically and neaty. One tip is to make the sections clean but a little loose, so you avoid unwanted dividing lines in the finished hairstyle. The crown section should always be devidedĀ into a diamond/triangle form to avoid surprises when you are blow drying the rown, especially with long hair. By blow drying from both sides of the section, the hair will dry double as fast and be better dried. Using shaped mouthpieces, you can go all the way close to the scalp and steer the air along the hair to blow in the direction you want and correct the hair whorls.
When using a brush, which is your guide, the direction in which you brush the hair is the way the hair is styled to. The way the airflow hits the brush determines how you blow the hair up into the brush and with the direction of the brush. With its two air outlets and touch panel, Dual Air makes it easy to work on both sides of the section.
A good blow-drying hairstyle lasts longer and can bring the customer back between the necessary visits. It gives added value for the customer and the customer can get some good advice on the technique of the hair drying and proper hair care and styling products at home.
So, use the salt and pepper shaker movement only on the dinner table…
Check out how to correctly use Dual Air
By |2019-01-21T09:17:28+00:00January 12th, 2019|Blog|