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How to Dry and Blow-Dry Your Hair Like a Pro

As if you just stepped out of the salon.
How to Dry and Blow-Dry Your Hair Like a Pro
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As if you just stepped out of the salon.

Ever seen Clueless and sighed at how perfect Cher Horowitz's hair flip is? Like many of her real-life counterparts, she probably troops to the salon at a special, before-hours appointment to make it on time for school or shopping armed with a shiny blow-dry. Like many of us, however, we have only about half an hour, our hair dryers, and our bathroom mirror to deal with. That said, here's how to DIY your hair à la Cher.

HEATLESS DRYING

Get that salon blow-dry, arm cramps aside.

1. Shirt-Dry

Use a shirt to dry off the same way you would with a towel. The shirt's smooth texture eliminates kinks.

2. Section Off

To achieve the self-dry feat, remember this rule: Divide and conquer. Clip your hair into neat sections and dry from the bottom part-up.

3. Pull Down

The key to frizz-free: Wrap hair around a large barrel brush and pull down as you pass the dryer over it, making sure the air is also targeted downward.

DRY HAIR CARE

Quench your hair while keeping it styled with:

1. A quick-dry product that won't dry you out

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OSMO Blow Dry Potion, price unavailable, PCX

2. A cream that restyles and deodorizes

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Bed Head by TIGI After-Party Smoothing Cream, P1500, Bed Head

THE RIGHT TOOLS

No salon trip today? Leave no trace that you did it yourself.

1. Dryer + Brush

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VIDAL SASSOON iPink 3-in-1 Ionic Hot Air Styler, P3080, Zalora

2. Portable De-Frizz

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PHILIPS Compact Care Hair Dryer, P1199, Watsons

3. Style + Treat

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JML Dryer with Hot Oil Diffuser, P2000, Watsons

4. Custom Dry

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ROWENTA Respectissim Pro, price unavailable, PCX

CHOOSING A HAIR DRYER SETTING

Pick your hair's poison:

1. Level 1-2

Pros: Low heat, less damage

Cons: Slower drying time

2. Level 3

Pros: Faster drying, easier styling

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Cons: Sensitive scalps burn

3. Cooling

Pros: No damage

Cons: Does not work for styling

4. Diffuser

Pros: Adds shine and volume; less airflow means less frizz

Cons: Extra slow drying time

*This article originally appeared in Preview Magazine's July 2014 issue.

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