One of the biggest buzzwords in the professional hair industry right now is texture. Clients and stylists alike are embracing natural texture more than ever, and professional beauty brands have responded with products and tools to meet the high demand.
Whether its backstage at fashion week or in stations at salons across the globe, Dyson’s SuperSonic™ hair dryer Professional edition has made a name for itself with its innovative design and capabilities. For Dyson Global Styling Ambassador Jon Reyman, the Supersonic Pro is a must-have, especially for working with a variety of textures and shapes.
Reyman, who owns numerous salons across the country and has worked at several fashion weeks around the world, recently taught a class at his Spoke and Weal salon in Chicago as part of a MODERN SALON x Dyson collab, where he discussed texture, curl control, blowouts and wet looks. He described the importance of understanding the difference between texture and shape. Texture, he said, is fine, medium and coarse. Shape is straight, wavy, curly and coily.
"Think about hair as a fabric," Reyman says. "How do you bend it? How do you move it? You want to get their quickly, but you also don’t want to set yourself up for failure."
Feauting intelligent heat control, the Supersonic Pro measures air temperature more than 40 times per second and transmits calculated instructions to the heating element to timely regulate the temperature. This Intelligent Heat Control ensures that the Supersonic Pro does not exceed 293°F. It’s when temperatures exceed 302 degrees that real damage can happen—it can cause hair keratin denaturation and can cause inner structural damage like cortex loss and medulla pores. Its V9 motor spins at up to 110,000 rpm, and Dyson's Air Multiplier Technology produces a high-pressure, high-velocity jet of air.
"I’m always really concerned about keeping my client’s hair healthy and damage-free, whether it’s because I don’t want their color to fade or to maintain the integrity of the hair," Reyman says. "With the Supersonic Pro, I can get up to root and get the precision I need with the confidence its safe for my client."
When working with type 1 or 2 hair, stylists often turn to irons to create texture and curls. Reyman says there are two problems with this.
"Irons cause a lot of damage," he says. "If my end goal is to make the hair bigger and fuller, using an iron actually ends up compressing the hair and making it smaller and less full. But with the Supersonic Pro, I'm able to combine round brushing techniques to give us a wave with body."
For this technique, Reyman recommends using a metal round brush so it heats up and sets without causing iron-level temperatures and damage.
“I use he bend of the round brush for a moment, but also where the curl happens is in the twist," he says. "If hair doesn’t want to bend, use a smaller round brush. Don’t use a boar bristle brush. A boar bristle will sink it down. A lot of times, I see stylists pulling the hair straight and the working to try and curl the ends. When you do hair at a salon, you might not see the evolution of a client's hair. When I'm working backstage or doing a photo shoot, I see that evolution. I watch as hours pass and what happens to the hair. Often, it only looks good for 20 minutes and then it falls. You need to learn how to bend and set the hair properly with a hair dryer. I want to drive in the right direction; I don’t want to go in a big circle."
For hair types 3 and 4, Reyman recommends two of Dyson's magnetic attachments: the diffuser and wide-tooth comb. The diffuser, Reyman says, has been engineered to mimic how natural airflow happens.
"It creates a natural airflow, which gives me control and creates defintion in the curl without frizz," he says. "We're able to use the right products with the diffuser to enhance natural texture."
The wide-tooth attachment was introduced a few months ago, and Reyman says it's essential for working with clients and a variety of textures. It helps him smooth, straighten and prep hair by stretching out a curl. The teeth were created to elimate snagging, breaking and pulling.
"There’s two ways to work with this attachment," Reyman says. "If you want to stretch a curl out, you can take the dryer and work your way through, which is great for prepping the hair for styling and braiding. To lock it through, take the dryer and lock the style in using a brush to help smooth."
Without proper prep, clients with textured hair can leave the salon and see their hair revert back to its natural state quickly due to humidity. Reyman says no amount of friction and ironing will prevent this because the bonds inside the hair still want to be curly. Instead, he says stylists should set the bonds internally using the Supersonic Pro.
"The wide-tooth comb is amazing," he says. "With a high heat and high blower, it’s made to go throughout the hair without knots. The brush gives us tension. The heat and nozzle of the blow dryer gives you precision; you can get right to root without burning her or causing damange. Don’t use friction; use tension."
Watch the full video with more tips from Reyman here: