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.
Get that salon blow-dry, arm cramps aside.
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
OSMO Blow Dry Potion, price unavailable, PCX
2. A cream that restyles and deodorizes
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
VIDAL SASSOON iPink 3-in-1 Ionic Hot Air Styler, P3080, Zalora
2. Portable De-Frizz
PHILIPS Compact Care Hair Dryer, P1199, Watsons
3. Style + Treat
JML Dryer with Hot Oil Diffuser, P2000, Watsons
4. Custom Dry
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
Pros: No damage
Cons: Does not work for styling
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.