How To Blow Dry Layered Hair (In Less Than 3 Minutes)

Winter is once again upon us, and you wouldn’t have found a better moment coming across my tutorial on how to blow dry layered hair.

Till now, you might have never indulged yourself enough trying to find out about the nuances of drying your locks!

Let me tell you, it’s so much more than simply treating your hair with some heat.

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By the time you’re done reading this guide, I bet you’ll also be able to create slick hairstyles just like any other professional stylist.

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How Do I Style My Layers With A Blow Dryer?

To style your layers with a blow dryer, you’ll need to follow a few specific steps. Let’s check them out.

Step 1: Pre-Drying & Sectioning

  • It sounds counterproductive, but always begin by air-drying your hair. Your wet hair should be 80 percent dry. If you have naturally dry hair, damaged hair or color-treated hair, use hair treatments or heat damage serum.

Once that’s done, take a dryer to blow dry hair. You need to have the airspeed on high and the heat on a medium setting.

  • Then, use a clip to secure your hair on your crown.

While applying more heat, I use a brush to dry the lower layers. Add some shine and smoothen out your hair by pointing the nozzle of your dryer downwards.

Step 2: Drying Your Top Layers

  • Since the lower layers are now dry, use the same clip to hold them back.

You can create wavy hair or curly hair by twisting and clipping these layers and forming a bun. But if that isn’t your vibe, you can get a blow-dry straight hairstyle.

  • In order to give volume, blow-dry the top section. Point the dryer towards the roots while continually moving along the hair shaft.

With your other hand, you need to grab your hair and pull it out and forward by using a brush.

Step 3: Form Your Ends & Finishing

  • Finally, in order to curl your ends, use the round brush to roll the ends under while blowing heat. Use cold air to set the curls.

If you want straight ends, then use the brush to simply pull the ends while applying heat. Once again, I suggest blowing some cold air to set it.

Also, what I usually do is use a hair spray with mist or styling cream to tame the fly-away. Works like magic! Try it out yourself.

In order to give you a better idea, here’s a video tutorial by famous YouTuber and stylist Brad Mondo.

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How To Blow Dry Different Lengths Of Layered Hair With Hair Dryer And Brush

How hard can it be to dry hair, right? Turns out, pretty hard! In case you follow the wrong technique, it could very well be sayonara for your dear healthy hair.

Here’s an expert tip for you on how to blow-dry different lengths of layered hair with a hairdryer and brush.

The popular stylist who’s responsible for the looks donned by celebs like Miley Cyrus, Laurent Philippon famously stated that “use a bristle brush to blow-dry your hair. Do it in sections—you can even take big sections depending on the style you’re going for—straight or wavy.”

How to Blow Dry Short Layered Hair?

Let’s go step-by-step and learn the best technique for blow drying short layered locks.

Step 1: Sectioning

Section your hair into 4 equal parts by using a comb. Two of these sections must be situated at the back, from one ear to the other.

The other two must be above your ears towards the front. Use clips to secure each section.

Step 2: Drying

I always begin by drying the two sections at the back. While I tightly hold the brush against my scalp, I comb through the layers by using a brush.

Step 3: Crown Lifting

Lift your hair by making use of a round brush. That will further help you dry the crown. Once you’re done with that, redirect the layers upwards.

Following this method will help you abundantly in adding volume to your short hair.

What I also found to be massively effective for me was this quick YouTube tutorial by Andrew Jose on how to blow dry short layered hair.

How Do You Blow-Dry Medium Layered Hair?

Now let’s look at how to do it with medium-length locks.

Step 1: Sectioning

Based on the volume of your medium-length layered hairstyle, section your hair into 3 or more parts. What I find effective is starting by making sections near my hairline on the front.

Step 2: Blow-Drying

It’s vital that you dry every section while brushing each layer, starting from the root all the way to the hair ends. I advise you that as you blow-dry your medium-length hair on medium heat, lift it up and away to add more volume to it.

Step 3: Finishing

I personally find this step to be very beneficial for keeping my hair healthy and strong.

Near and around the roots, apply a mild dry shampoo. That will help in the maintenance of your hair further.

You can also follow an easy YouTube tutorial video on how to blow dry your medium layered hair by Christine Le.

How To Blow Dry Long Layered Hair?

Last, but far from least, here’s what you need to know about drying long layers.

Step 1: Begin With Damp Hair

Since you’ve got long hair, blow-drying long layered hairstyle is going to be a pain. It might take you forever! You’re much better off letting it air dry for a while and working with damp hair.

Just avoid letting your hair dry out completely before you reach the blow-drying stage. It’s simply torturing for your locks to run do it on bone-dry hair, honey!

Step 2: Sectioning

Sectioning, in terms of long hair, depends on the thickness of your hair. Although, generally, what you do is section your hair into two parts: right and left.

Right after that, you form layers of these sections while clipping the majority of them. You can choose to leave a few of the layers freely hanging.

Step 3: Blow-Drying

Place a round brush on your hair on the underside, around your neck. While blow-drying from the opposite side, use the round brush to wrap around your hair.

Steadily move the blow dryer and the brush along the shaft, as is perfectly portrayed by Youtuber Ms. Laris Beauty in her tutorial video.

Things To Consider When You Blow-Dry Layered Hair

By now, you know how to beautifully dry your layered locks. But before you run off to start styling, here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Items Needed: Styling Products
    • Blow Dryer with concentrator nozzle or attachment nozzle.
    • Barrel brush/ Boar Bristle Brushes that’s heat-retaining.
    • Non-aggressive heat protectant.
    • Hair clips or hair ties.
    • Wide-Tooth Comb or Detangling brush.
  • Time

In real honesty, I would say blow-drying time depends on the volume of your hair. So based on that, a beautiful blowout may take a bit of time.  

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  • When

To get the best out of it, I would advise you to blow-dry your hair after getting a hair trim or haircut. Doing so just adds finishing touches and helps you look your best.



How to get big volume in layered hair?

If you wish to add extra volume to your hair, begin by shampooing your hair. What I do is right after I dry my hair with a towel, I apply volumizing foams.
That helps me get the extra volume I want.

How do I section my hair for blow-drying?

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If you want straight ends, section your hair right at the center. Use a clip to secure the top half.
After that, divide the bottom half into two sections.
In terms of curled ends, use a tong to section your hair. Also, barrel size matters for curls.


With that, I close my guide on how to blow dry layered hair (in less than 3 minutes). Through these methods, you’ll be able to achieve wonderful blow-dried hair for different hair types right at the comfort of your home.


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