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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.

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  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 05:33pm

    A salon quality hairdryer saves so much time styling your hair!

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 06:47pm

    All great tips, thanks!

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 08:31pm

    I AM looking for a new hair dryer, in fact…

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 10:49pm

    I’d love a great hair-dryer but I’ll have to save up.

  • Posted by: LouAna Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 11:22pm

    I use to ‘Pft’ at expensive hairdryers, WHAT RUUBBISH!!! Then hair warehouse had a 25% off sale on parlux and well um, I was wrong. Makes such a difference!!!

    Might check out the supa dry towels…

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Sun, 20 January 2013 07:24pm

    Want to try the superdry towels. I have thick hair and struggle getting it dry even with the hairdryer.

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Sun, 20 January 2013 09:14pm

    I have always wonders if the quick dry towels are worth it or not.
    I’m using the cedel blow dry faster at the moment, it definitely cuts my drying time down, I was pleasantly surprised.

  • Posted by: isabella21 Enthusiast // Mon, 21 January 2013 08:29am

    The quick-dry towels are a great idea. May have to invest in some as well as a new hair dryer.

  • Posted by: adriennne Master Fan // Mon, 21 January 2013 10:37am

    Yeah, I can’t agree more with the other commenters – A good quality hair dryer makes all the difference. Would love to try the David Babaii spray!

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Mon, 21 January 2013 01:55pm

    It was so long before I started to use heat protector before blow drying. I think its a must :)

  • Posted by: soMuchPretty Master Fan // Tue, 22 January 2013 03:40pm

    I have a super-dry towel but they’re not really big enough if your hair is quite long so Primpers might like to keep this in mind. :)

    On hot days I can’t stand blow drying my hair. I usually just do a very rough dry upside down and then put it up.

  • Posted by: Morning Star Devotee // Tue, 22 January 2013 08:56pm

    Some great tips here!

    Anything I can do to reduce the time it takes to do my hair is a good thing!

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 02:08pm

    A dry conditioner!!! I MUST HAVE IT ;) That and the Cedel Blow Dry Faster Heat Protector.

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 09:03pm

    Some great tips, now I just need to save up for that new good hair dryer.

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Thu, 24 January 2013 09:12pm

    Oh kat why must you tease me with a ghd air :) lol. I really want that hairdryer.
    Id love to try the David babaii spray. It sounds pretty good.

  • Posted by: melany Devotee // Fri, 1 February 2013 12:37pm

    Must invest in a new hairdryer! I’ve been using the Tresemme one I’ve had for ages but I don’t find it strong enough. :(

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sat, 16 February 2013 07:03pm

    great tips

  • Posted by: wendy-1326953367 Enthusiast // Wed, 13 March 2013 03:27pm

    Anything to make drying my hair quicker and easier!

  • Posted by: Snezana-1319445104 Enthusiast // Fri, 15 March 2013 05:49pm

    GHD is the best for my hair

  • Posted by: jo77 Master Fan // Mon, 8 April 2013 06:08pm

    When I bought a ghd air for a moment I thought I had died and gone to heaven!!

  • Posted by: aliasam47 Master Fan // Tue, 6 August 2013 01:51pm

    Great looking products

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Fri, 6 June 2014 09:52pm

    I don’t use a hair dryer all the time. I like to wear my hair in natural form sometimes.

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