By Lisa Petrillo

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AVENTURA (CBSMiami) — Ah, the blow dry. A necessary evil for many of us and in South Florida’s constant heat and humidity, it’s a challenge for both hair stylists and do-it-yourselfers alike!

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At Scott Alan Hair Studio in Aventura, all of the stylists have gone through a teaching program called “The Art of the Blow Dry” created by ERGO, a national leader in hair-styling techniques and tools. The program was created to make hair stylists and clients be the best hair finishers they can be.

“This program provides new methods and techniques that promise to deliver a faster, easier and longer lasting finish,” said ERGO founder Robert Reed.

First step: prepare the hair, using quality professional products for styling and get rid of the knots.

“We believe hair should be squeezed out to remove most of the moisture and remove tangles before the blow-dry and then go into create form and fluidity,” Reed said.

Brock, a stylist from ERGO says the next step is all about sectioning the hair to do work one piece at a time. Create a horseshoe section around the crown of the head.

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“Sectioning the hair is going to be a road map. For stylists and clients, it’s going to allow you to get each section without another section getting into it,” Brock explained.

Jessica works on a client with long frizzy hair. The key to getting this hair smooth, they say, first, dry the root. But don’t over-dry it.

“The hair goes through three different processes: wet, dry, and over-dry. That’s what happens when you dry it too much, the cuticle expands. It blows it up and you’ve got frizz all over again. That’s what we’re trying to defeat, especially in this Miami humidity,” Brock said.

Next, don’t just use one brush, no matter how long or short your hair is. ERGO designed brushes that come in all sizes, with extra long handles for easier reach.

“So many people use one brush at all times, but having choices gives you different techniques and styles,” Brock said.

And in the end, be gentle on your hair. When it’s all done, run your fingers through it, which closes the cuticle and also allows you to enjoy your new good hair day!

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“We do believe that being a master at your own blow dry at home helps your day in positive way,” said Reed.
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Lisa Petrillo