Sick of spending half an hour blow-drying your hair in a crowded locker room? No more. Your days of ducking out of the cool-down in the interest of time are forever no more.
Reducing the moisture in your hair by towel-drying will reduce drying time. The right way to do it: Wrap the towel tightly around your hair and squeeze out the excess moisture. “No scrubbing,” says Daniel Jones of Muse Salon and Spa in Atlanta. “That roughs up the cuticle and creates frizz.”
“Never let it get more than 40 to 50 percent dry,” warns Alli Webb, owner of Drybar. “You still need to manipulate the hair, and once it gets too dry, that becomes much more difficult.”
“Don’t dry your hair in the bathroom where you showered,” says Jones. “The humidity creates extra work.” If you’re in a locker room, choose an area farther away from the showers, if possible.
Use the Right Tool
“The key is having the perfect balance of both high heat and high air power,” says Webb. The Buttercup Blow Dryer has an ultra-powerful motor and NanoIonic Technology that helps to break up water quickly. It also features three temperature settings and two speed settings.
Start at the Top
It’s common to section your hair into pieces, then start blow-drying from the ends. Instead, start at your crown—where you really want to get more oomph—by lifting up small sections with a fine-tooth comb and blasting the roots. (It’s harder to achieve more volume as your hair dries.) “This trick will cut your workload in half,” says Dyana Nematallah of Marie Robinson Salon in New York City.
Always Point Down
It might make sense to blast the hair with hot air from every direction, but celebrity stylist Riawna Capri of Nine Zero One Salon in Los Angeles says…NOPE. “Always angle the blow-dryer so that the air blows toward your ends to seal the cuticle down,” she says. Otherwise, you make more work for yourself by creating extra frizz.
Use the Right Products
While there’s no magic potion, the right product will help you achieve a perfect blowout, faster. L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray ($3.99, target.com) shields against heat damage while cutting your drying time by as much as half.