Celebrity snipper to the stars tells his secrets

Let Joh Bailey walk you through an expert way to dry your hair the way you want it.
Let Joh Bailey walk you through an expert way to dry your hair the way you want it. Contributed

HAIRDRESSER Joh Bailey is almost royalty in snipper circles. The celebrity tresses he has worked on are too numerous to mention but, suffice to say, Joh can make anyone look good.

You may have even seen him doing some of the transformations on The Biggest Loser.

In the industry, and among his clients, he is known as the King of the Blow Dry.

Joh admits that blow drying a style well takes a bit of practice but says anyone can do it with the right tools and technique.

There are some cardinal sins - overdrying, working the wrong way against the cuticle and hairshaft, using unsuitable products or using a crappy hairdryer that doesn't have the power or heat settings to do the job.

"One of the reasons straighteners are so popular is that they smooth the cuticle, working down the hair shaft, at very high heat. The result, of course, is glossy good looking hair."

We asked Joh to take time out from his busy salon and media schedule and tell us the easy way to get the perfect blow dry, even if you failed Blow Dry 101.


Step One

Shampoo and condition your hair, making sure you work the conditioner right through. Joh recommends combing it through while you are in the shower and using a keratin product that feeds the hair. His current favourite: TRESemme Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner, $11.49 each.

Step Two

Towel dry hair gently. Do not scrub, press the water out of tresses. Then turn your head upside down, if you are looking for volume - and who isn't - and dry your hair to 70-80% of dryness. Joh suggest concentrating on the roots. You can use a heat protectant product to lock in shine.

Step Three

Stand upright. Section hair off with clips or bobby pins or whatever you have on hand.

"You can't attack your whole head at once, you have to work it in sections," says Joh.

The pieces you are working on should be about the size of the head of the large, round brush you will be working with. It's probably easiest to start at the nape.

Step Four

Now, here's the part that takes a bit of co-ordination and practice. First of all, make sure you are working with a good quality, round brush and a hairdryer with a nozzle on it.

"The nozzle is uber-important. If you are just blasting the hair in any direction all you are doing is upsetting the cuticle and making your hair frizzy."

What you need to do is harness the air onto the brush and hair, keeping the setting very hot. "You are working down the hair shaft," says Joh. Remember, you want the air on top of the bristles.

Step Five

Work section by section and do not overdry. A medium length style should take about 20 minutes to do. Fine hair may take less time and, if it's particularly fine, you may like to put Velcro rollers in after you dry it to give it extra oomph.



TRESemme Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner, $11.49 each. This low sulphate shampoo and conditioner will gently cleanse your hair, leaving it gorgeously sleek and manageable. The Keratin will leave the hair salon-smooth and easier to manage.

TRESemme Keratin Smoothing Heat Protection and Shine Spray, $11.49. Helps shield hair from the damaging effects of heat styling, the keratin in this product acts as a barrier from heat styling tools, locking shine in, it leaves hair salon-smooth and easier to manage.

Topics:  fashion and beauty hair hairdressing

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