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How to Finger-Dry Hair

by Kathy Mayse ; Updated July 18, 2017

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Most haircuts can be finger-dried to perfection with nothing more than a good hair dryer and a few products. Regardless of length, most free-flowing hairstyles are created without the aid of round brushes, flat irons or curling irons. The trick to pulling off a mussy, wavy and freedom-loving style at home lies in product selection and a good finger-drying technique.

Detangle your hair with a wide-toothed comb. Rake your fingers through the hair and lift the hair up and away from the scalp. Spray a liberal amount of root booster on the roots of your hair.

Squirt a 50-cent-sized amount of mousse onto the palm of one hand. Add 10 drops of silk serum to the mousse. Rub your palms together to mix the two products together. Palm the mousse and silk serum mixture into the ends of the hair that did not receive root booster.

Rake your fingers into the hair and lift the hair straight away from the scalp. Turn the blow dryer on medium heat and direct the flow of air at the base of the hair shaft. Dry the roots of the hair completely while holding the hair at a 90-degree angle from the scalp.

Dry the rest of the hair after the roots are completely dry. Direct the flow of air from the hair dryer down the hair shaft while using your fingers to push the hair into the direction that you wish it to go.

Add flair to your style after the hair is 80-percent dry. Twirl hair around your finger and dry to create curls or pinch the ends of the hair with your fingertips to add texture and dimension. Dry your hair completely.

Highlight texture, dimension and curl by fingering a small amount of styling wax onto areas of interest. Finish off with a medium-hold finishing spray.