Blow Dry Your Hair Faster with These Time-Saving Techniques
Squeeze Out the Moisture
Minimizing the moisture in your hair by towel-drying is key to cutting 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." (Don't leave your locks in a towel turban, either)
"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
Wondering how to dry your hair fast? "The key is having the perfect balance of both high heat and high air power," says Webb. Try the Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer (Buy It, $195, sephora.com), which 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, making it the perfect option for all hair types.
Start at the Top
Your first instinct might be to section your hair into pieces, then start blow-drying from the ends. For hair that dries fast, though, 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. (BTW, it's harder to achieve more volume as your hair dries, so this step is crucial for fluffy locks.) "This trick will cut your workload in half," says Dyana Nematallah of Marie Robinson Salon in New York City.
Point Your Blow Dryer 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 it's a no-no. "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. (If you have naturally frizzy hair, try using these smoothing products.)
Use the Right Products
While there's no magic potion, the right product will help you achieve a perfect blowout, faster. Try adding L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray (Buy It, $4, target.com) to your routine to shield against heat damage and simultaneously cut your drying time by as much as half.