The perfect blow dry

Last week I was invited down to Richard Ward’s salon in Chelsea to find out his top tips for the perfect blow dry. Being the salon of choice for Blow Dry Queen K-Middy (or Duchess of Cambridge for the more formal of you) you know that you’re in the presence of hair royalty and what they have to say should probably be taken as ‘hair law’. If you were following me on twitter on the day then you’ll have seen me tweeting like a mental person, filling your timeline with loads of tips, tricks and knowledge that was spilling over from Richard’s brain. If not, then it’s a good job you’re reading this as I’m about to share them again…

Richard Ward himself, talking through his product range

1.  There are two types of hair – fine or coarse. To find out which you have, pull a small section of hair from the top of your head and run you fingers up the full length – if it feels like silk you have fine hair; if it feels like cotton you have coarse hair. Build the rest of your routine around this.

2. Shampoo and conditioner are 50-60% of building your style. Make sure you get the right products before you even start styling your hair and they’ll help to create a base you can work with. Wheat proteins in shampoos and conditioners will really help to hold your style, but also use products for your specific hair type.

3. Mousse is so over. In the words of Richard “why would you want volume at the mid to ends of hair?” It’s all about creating volume at the root for a modern, volumised look and mousse only dates this. Throw out the mousse and replace with a volumising spray that applies directly to the root of the hair.

4. When blow drying hair make sure it’s 80% wet. The hairdryer will style the hair more easily and create effortless volume/waves/whatever you’re trying to do. It will also make sure the style stays put for longer and minimise the need for straighteners, which really damage our barnets… we all know it, but we all do it.

The ‘Richard Ward Special’

5. For volume aim the hairdryer nozzle up and towards the root. For sleek ‘dos aim it down on top on the hair and hold the nozzle just behind your brush. It’s amazing what a different these simple positions make to your style.

6. If you’re creating volume or curls, use chunky rollers. They will keep the shape and volume of the hair while it cools – essential for creating long lasting styles. I never knew this is why people used rollers… I always thought it was a bit pointless, but now it all makes sense!

7. Use the right products for what you’re trying to achieve. If you want sleek ‘dos then make sure you use straightening balms, serums and moisture sprays. For volume, use lighter hairsprays and root boosters. Richard’s new line of hair products contains some really great styling products and are split into two categories for ease of use.

8. Use professional tools. The hairdryers you can get down Boots or Argos aren’t even going to compare to the professional ones your hairdresser uses – that’s why you can never get your hair looking quite as good as they do. Invest in some ‘pro’ tools and see the difference. Pop down to somewhere like Sally’s or buy of t’internet.

After taking in all this information (and much, much more) we were tasked with actually blowdrying eachothers hair to put all our new knowledge into practice. I teamed up with the lovely Fleur from Fleur de Force and we couldn’t stop giggling at our inability to use a brush and hairdryer at the same time! Apparently I’m a secret hairdresser, but I beg to differ. I hope these tips have been helpful and you put a couple into practice… what’s the best tip you’ve ever been given by a hairdresser?

Richard Ward’s salon is a few minutes walk from Sloane Square – find out more on their website. The Richard Ward haircare line is currently available from QVC. (More details on that to come!)



  1. Anonymous
    July 3, 2011 / 5:58 pm

    please stop saying k-middy. it sounds ridiculous

  2. London Beauty Queen
    July 3, 2011 / 7:15 pm

    Errr, jog on. And why anonymous?!

  3. Essence PR
    July 7, 2011 / 2:32 pm

    Thanks for the fab review – I'll make sure Richard logs on to read it! Great to have met you and love all the tips you picked up.

  4. Diamond Peel
    September 30, 2011 / 2:01 am

    A lot of men and women are really having problems regarding the right hairstyle that fit them. This article is indeed very helpful.

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