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The Pros and Cons of Round Brush vs. Flat Wrap Blow-Dry For Haircut Refinement

Little things can make or break a killer cut. While many stylists prefer to put the initial shape on wet tresses, a careful blow-dry and a round of refinement is necessary to achieve the perfect trim. But cut refinement is a precise process. And the secret to shaping each edge as desire is nailing the blow-dry. We took a closer look at two popular blow-dry techniques to find out which process makes for a more refined ‘do. Read on to find out whether a round brush blow out or a flat warp blow-dry is preferable for sculpting those strands.

Via @raymesilverberg

Round Brush Blow-dry


A round brush blow-dry is ideal for maximizing volume and providing a retro bevel to those freshly cut ends. Everyone loves that fluffed up, Christy Turlington-esque aesthetic. Simply dry those strands in sections, rolling them out and under with a round brush to create that classic 90s look. Opting for this technique also provides a lustrous shine that is simply second to none.


Unfortunately, those gorgeous curled-in ends can mask minute imperfections in any given cut. Rounding out those strands, while stunning, makes is difficult to spot pesky strands that are a tad too long, which can lead to an uneven crop. While you may be able to achieve a flawless-looking cut post-dry, the client’s next at-home wash might reveal these subtle inconsistencies. Definitely not ideal.

Flat Wrap Blow-dry


A flat wrap blow-dry makes the refinement process easy and breezy. Using a vented flat brush, simply alternate brushing strands flat and forward towards the face, then back towards the nape of the neck. This technique gives those locks a straighter, less rounded finish. A flat wrap blow-dry draws attention to those tresses that need a quick trim, for an all around cleaner looking cut.


The only real drawback to the flat warp technique is more of an issue with client preference. While it is possible to bevel the edges a bit with a flat wrap blow-dry, you won’t be able to fully achieve that kicked-in classic look some clients prefer. But when it comes to cut refinement alone, the flat wrap technique just can’t be beat.

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