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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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