We all know that blow-drying hair can be time-consuming and in many ways, just plain boring! Whether you want to cut time out of your morning routine or master the perfect blow dry, there are many ways you can instantly cut down your blow-dry routine – and look fabulous at the same time! Salon quality hair doesn’t need to take hours, and having a haircare routine that fits in with your busy lifestyle is essential.
Follow our simple tips on how to blow dry hair quickly, but perfectly every time…
Make sure your brush is right for your hair
The longer your hair, the larger the barrel of the brush should be, and bristle brushes are more suited to thicker hair as it usually takes longer to dry. Try the BaByliss Boar Bristle Wooden Paddle Hair Brush, R183, which is ideal for both short and long hair, and is designed to untangle your hair at the roots.
Start from the top and go down
Blow-dry your roots first as it’ll help your style last for longer because if you dry the ends first and leave the roots damp, there’s a good chance your hair style will collapse. Starting at the ends of your hair first also makes your blow-dry longer than it needs to be, so avoid it at all costs. It’s also a good idea to invest in a volumising root spray, such as L’Oreal Volumetry Root Spray, R355, to give your hair the long-lasting volume it needs.
Don’t start with soaking wet hair
Starting a blow-dry without getting excess water out of our hair is a big mistake. Most of us vigorously rub our hair with a towel in an attempt to make it dry faster before blow-drying, but this in fact damages the hair. Instead, pat and squeeze your hair to remove water before blasting it with hot air, or use a savvy head wrap such as Sorbet Microfibre Head Turban, R85. It’s a lightweight, comfy head wrap that absorbs water fast so you can blowdry in a jiffy.
Pick your products
Hair products can make a huge difference in cutting down your drying time and there are many specifically designed to help you blow dry faster by reducing the water surface on the hair – helping it dry quicker and stay stronger and healthier. If you need to skip a day of hair washing, try Redken Pillow Proof Genius Extender, R322 for 153ml, an oil absorbing dry shampoo to instantly refresh and rejuvenate, without leaving visible white patches.
Invest in a good hairdryer
A less powerful and older model of hairdryer will add minutes to your blow-dry routine! Opt for hairdryers with at least 1800 watts of power and ones that have ion technology and ceramic heat as this will reduce frizz and heat damage – as well as cutting down blow drying time! We love ghd Air Professional Hair Dryer, R2 100.
Make sure your hair is at its healthiest
Having hair that is unhealthy and damaged can also add time onto your blow-drying routine! Hair that takes forever to dry can sometimes be a sign of a lack of moisture, so it’s important to use deep-conditioning treatments on a regular basis.
Keratin treatments are the ideal solution for coarse, dry and wild hair and they’ll cut your blow-dry time in half for weeks to come. Use a nourishing hair mask such as Hask Keratin Protein Smoothing Conditioner, R149, once or twice a week to seal in moisture and protect your hair from heat.
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