How to: Cut Down your Blow-Drying Time
Fri, 18 January 2013 4:28PM
With the crazy-hot weather that’s taking over most of this country right now, the last thing you probably want to do is spend time beneath a hairdryer, right?
But what if the only way you can style your hair to any state of acceptability is to blow-dry it?
Well, you’ve come to the right place! Because here are our five simple steps to a super-quick DIY blow-dry …
1. Use a Quick-Dry Towel
Not all towels are created equal. Some are ultra-absorbent, taking out extra water from just-washed hair. Which means, of course, you hair will dry more quickly! Try Manicare Supa Dry Towel, $21.95, pharmacies.
2. Use a Special Styling Spray
You might have heard me rave about David Babaii’s new Blow Out Rapid Dry Spray, $24.50, David Babaii, earlier this week. This wonder not only protects from heat damage and helps to smooth out strands and make for a professional-look blow-dry, it also cuts down drying time thanks to its super-hero-like ability to make moisture disappear. A great three-in-one. You could also try Cedel Blow Dry Faster Heat Protector, $7.99, supermarkets.
3. Invest in a ghd Air
If you’re in the market for a new hairdryer, this is the one you want. It really does cut a siezable chunk off your styling time (for me, I estimate it at around five minutes; no mean feat). It’s $199; call 1300 443 737 for salon stockists.
4. Try this Styling Short-cut …
Before fussing around with sections and brushes, do this: flip your head upside-down and rough-dry it to about 70-80%. Now you can flip back up, and get onto a proper, professional blow-dry, which will take less time because the sections you’re working on are already almost dry. An even shorter short-cut: try blow-drying only the outer sections – you’ll get a smooth exterior, while the roughly dried hair underneath will provide nice volume.
5. Make Your Style Last Longer
The quickest blowie, of course, is one you don’t have to do! So make your ‘do last as many day as possible. To ensure this, always do a double-shampoo (for the cleanest, styling-residue-free scalp), keep product away from the roots (to avoid the greasies), sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase (to keep things smooth overnight), and sprinkle dry shampoo into your roots when needed. You could also smooth out any roughness on the second (or third) day by massaging through a dry conditioner (yes, you read right: Cedel has a goodie and it’s also $7.99 – think moisturiser for your hair) – and giving the surface of hair a quick once-over with your straightening iron.
Voilà! Now you have all that extra time in which you can gaze adoringly in the mirror at your gorgeous hair.