Philip George, the owner of the Philippe George salon in Central, offers tips on hair drying. The perfect blow-dry comes with using the right styling products and the right sized brush with the blow dryer, says George. 'Practise using a brush in one hand and a dryer in the other while anchoring the section of hair being dried and drying from the top down. 'By dividing hair into several manageable sections that are two to four inches [5cm to 10cm] thick, the rest of the hair can be 'clipped out of the way'.' He says it takes time to perfect a blow-dry at home, whether for a straight, curly or wavy look. 'Whether you're using a paddle brush to achieve stick straight hair or a long finger diffuser attachment to encourage curls and waves, it is best to go very slowly and focus on each individual section of hair before moving to the next one.' The heat from the blow-dryer opens the cuticle and allows hair to be styled. Finishing a section with a blast of cool air helps to close the texture or lock in the straightness of the section. Start with hot and finish with cold on every section to first build and then lock in the desired style. To get that super sleek straight look, the airflow from the blow-dryer needs to be directed 'down' the hair shaft from the roots to the ends. The products used before you blow-dry can make all the difference. To match your hair type with the right product, George suggests: Fine and thin hair does better with lighter products such as mousse or gel mousse combinations. Medium textured hair can behave well with lighter products such as mousse or gel mousse and with regular gel, glaze, liquids and creams. Thick hair needs heavier products such as extra-strength mousse, gel, creams or wax. 'Remember that a paddle brush is for blow-drying straight styles while a round brush is for encouraging bend, volume and texture,' he says. 'Vary the size of the brush head according to how much hair you are working with and how loose or tight you want the look or texture.' Also, tackle the difficult parts first. 'If the front tends to wave or curl or develop odd drying patterns, dry it first.' To make your hairstyling quicker and easier, wrap your head in a towel for five to 10 minutes after shampooing and conditioning, so your hair will not be saturated and will be quicker to dry. For an unruly fringe that doesn't sit correctly due to a cowlick, blow-dry the fringe in the opposite direction. 'To avoid frizzy hair blow-dry down and never up. By blow-drying down you will smooth all the cuticles one way, thereby avoiding fuzz.'