As everyone has a unique set of strands, blow-drying your hair should never be a one-size-fits-all approach.
New York-based celebrity hairstylist and licensed cosmetologist Tenisha Sweet explains that the tools and techniques you employ when drying your hair should be based on the type and texture of your hair. The finer your hair is, the less heat you’ll need. Another thing you need to consider? The look you’re trying to achieve, adds Lindsay Victoria, master hairstylist and educator for Spoke & Weal in New York City. Some people blow-dry to add volume, some do to set and smooth the hair down, while others diffuse to lift and set their curls. While finding a good hairdryer is already half the battle, knowing the right technique and finding the right hairstyling products will help you achieve the style you desire faster.
To ensure you’re blow-drying your ‘do the safest and most effective way, we asked the experts to prescribe the best techniques and products for every hair type.
1. Post-shower prep for all hair typesBuy now with free delivery
AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Towel helps dry fine or damaged hair faster with its super-soft and absorbent material. Made from ultra-fine fibers finer than silk, this luxurious hair towel dries hair gently without friction.Key Benefits: * Dries your hair quickly and gently without causing friction * Minimizes frizz, split ends and hair breakage * Works on curly hair, fine hair, damaged hair and any hair that needs gentle treatment * Wraps around hair easily with a button closure * Made from absorbent, woven fibers
2. Protect your hair from heat damageBuy now with free delivery
Alterna’s CAVIAR Anti-Aging Smoothing Anti-Frizz Blowout Butter has been designed to restore softness, smoothness and shine to dull locks by intensely hydrating each strand. Ideal for medium to thick hair types, this creamy formula is enriched with rich oils like camellia, Abyssinian and avocado oil that nourish and condition, while caviar extract imparts key nutrients and improves shine.Key Ingredients: * Camellia Oil: rich source of Omega-6 fatty acids and antioxidants that restores hair’s natural sheen
3. For all hair types that want to retain natural hair textureBuy now with free delivery
Lighter than ever and incredibly powerful, the Ultra Light Pro Dryer is the only product of its kind to offer energy efficiency and professional quality. Handmade in France and designed using innovative technology, the expert engineering coupled with practical design will make this your favorite go-to tool. Lightweight handling and whisper-soft air flow ensures comfortable styling, while 12 heat, speed and ion settings help reduce drying time.Key Benefits: * Lightweight, ergonomic design with curved handle for comfort & control * Adjustable for sleek or voluminous styling
4. If you have straight or fine hair but crave volumeBuy now with free delivery
A round brush is the key to giving your hair serious bounce. The T3 Volume 2.5 Round Professional Ceramic-coated Brush delivers shape and body with a vented design that allows for air to flow freely, boosting shine and minimising heat damage. In a sleek rose gold aluminum and a ceramic-coated barrel design, this is a professional brush delivering professional results. Simply rough dry hair until it is around 80% dry, then use by placing the T3 barrel brush underneath a section of hair at the roots and pulling down, directing the airflow of the dryer at the brush. When you reach the ends, roll hair back up to your head and hold. Release and move on to the next section for a bouncy blow out in minutes.
5. If you have wavy hair but want a sleek, straight lookBuy now with free delivery
Ready to take your hair from curves to straight? Reach for Philip B Straightening Baume and cut that blow dry time way down – the non-greasy, silicone-free formula helps to define and detangle, leaving hair frizz free and ready to style. Gently squeeze excess water from hair and work a quarter to half dollar sized amount (depending on hair thickness) in 1 to 2 inch sections starting off the scalp at your roots through your ends. Comb through to minimise product buildup – we like the VIRTUE Flourish Manta Brush for even distribution and detangling – and immediately blow dry for a sleek, shiny finish.
6. If you have curly hair and want to retain your natural curlsBuy now with free delivery
The Mason Pearson Rake Comb is a thick styling comb, ideal for use on coarse, textured or tangled hair. This hand-crafted comb features tapered teeth and rounded tips to move easily through hair. Super gentle on both wet and dry hair, this wonder comb has rave reviews for a reason. In a stylish tortoiseshell design, consider it a (reasonably priced) heirloom to pass on to curly headed family members.
7. If you want to speed up drying and banish frizz ASAPBuy now with free delivery
Harry Josh® Pro Tools Ultra Light Pro Dryer Diffuser is designed to perfect the art of drying curly hair, offering even heat distribution for a result that’s not only gorgeous, but frizz-free. Specially designed for use with the Harry Josh® Pro Tools Ultra Light Pro Dryer and is ideal for all types of curly hair. Super spending the drying process with none of the airy fairy frizz associated with heat & curls, this is a day to day saviour in your blowdrying arsenal.