When it comes to refining hair cuts on dry hair, stylist Shannel Mariano says flat wrap blow dries are essential to a precise result. Mariano's Instagram has more than 322,000 followers, and there's no wonder why! Her informative cutting tutorials involve the use of illustrations to uniquely demonstrate techniques as well as tips and tricks. The Phoenix-based educator says she believes her visuals help stylists create customized hair cuts that keep in mind a client's head shape, face shape, hair type and lifestyle.
In one of her recent educational demos, Mariano tackled what might be a seemingly simple difference in technique. Many stylists finish a cut with a round brush blowout, but Mariano says this can be problematic.
"I love round brush blowouts," Mariano says. "I love the volume they give and the super cute 90s beveled look I could create for my clients. But it's hard to refine a haircut if I can't see the ends."
Instead, Mariano says she turns to flat wrap blow dries.
"This way, I'm able to see the ends and can clean up the perimeter," she says.
When Mariano posted the video to her Instagram, it received praise from cutting educators across the country.
"This video is so important for precision cutting," commented Sabrina Smith @sabrinagails. "I always need to see a cut straight and dry. Wet hair especially lies."
Georgia stylist Katie Gillespie @katiegdoeshair agreed: "This is a great visual and explanation. I always tell my clients that I don't feel like a hair cut is complete until it is blown straight so I can see any imperfections."
For the precision in a blow dry she needs to create the perfect cut, Mariano turns to her Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer Professional edition. Featuring 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 4'11', so I normally have to life my arms really high when using dryers, which really strains my shoulders," Mariano says. "The Supersonic's design allows my hands to work closer together, which totally saves my shoulders. Its weight, and especially its weight distribution, really makes drying hair more comfortable for me."
Watch the difference between a round brush blow dry and a flat wrap blow dry using the Dyson Supersonic in this video from Mariano: