We’ve all been there—rushing to get ready, only to realize there’s no hope of dry shampoo being enough to revive your locks. If you’re under a time crunch but see no other avenue to good-looking locks aside from washing and restyling your hair, you may be wondering if there are tricks to how to dry hair fast. We’ll let you in on a secret—there are! You can wash, dry, and style your hair without turning your beauty routine into a marathon. To keep it as a quick sprint, try the following eight hair care to hairstyling tips.
TIP #1: ONLY WASH YOUR ROOTS
Do your ends still look okay? In that case, have you considered not giving your head a full wash? You can always give just your roots a quick shampoo instead of getting your whole head of hair sopping wet. You can even do it in the sink!
TIP #2: WRING IT OUT
Just as you would rinse out a damp towel or cloth, before hopping out of the shower, gently squeeze your strands in an attempt to remove excess water. Since your hair is most fragile when it’s wet, make sure to take extra care when doing this.
TIP #3: CHANGE YOUR TOWEL
What kind of towel are you using? The material of your towel can make all the difference in how quickly your hair dries, so it may be a good idea to purchase a new one. We recommend using a microfiber towel, as these tend to be best at absorbing water.
Editor’s tip: Want to avoid frizz? A cotton T-shirt is also a great option for drying your mane.
TIP #4: COMB YOUR MANE
While you shouldn’t brush or comb your hair straight out of the shower, as your hair begins to dry, it’s a good idea to use a wide-tooth comb to get rid of tangles and knots. In the process, this will help remove some of that excess water! When you’re ready to reach for your comb, spritz on a hair detangler spray, like the L’Oréal Kids Burst of Sweet Pear Tangle Tamer for All Hair Types, to help tackle the craziest knots without putting strain on your strands.
TIP #5: WRAP IT UP
If you aren’t used to wrapping your hair up post-shower, it’s time to change that. This is one of the easiest ways to dry your hair fast, especially because it allows you to multitask. After twisting your towel around your head, consider following your skin care routine or doing your makeup. If you notice your towel is a bit too wet (from absorbing all that water from your locks), switch it out with a new one to speed up the process. Not sure how to wrap your hair in a towel without it falling right off? Follow these simple steps.
Step #1: Let your hair down. And by that, we mean bend upside-down so that your hair falls straight down toward the ground.
Step #2: Grab your towel. Place your towel at the nape of your neck. As you’re still bent, pull the ends of your towel and length of your hair into a ponytail.
Step #3: Twist! Stand upright, then twist your “ponytail” so that the ends fall down the back of your head. That’s it!
TIP #6: USE THE RIGHT PRODUCT
While one of the quickest ways to dry your hair is to use a blow-dryer, the hair styling products you use with this popular hair appliance can make all the difference. Our product rec? The L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Quick Dry Primer Spray. The lightweight primer is formulated with fibralock technology, reacting with heat to reduce blow-dry time and accelerate your routine. Bonus: It also shields against heat damage! To use, spray evenly six to eight inches away from clean, damp hair. Blow-dry as usual.
TIP #7: MAKE SURE YOUR BLOW-DRYER IS CLEAN
Does your blow-dryer not seem to be working as well—or as fast—as it used to? It may not be your imagination. If your blow-dryer hasn’t been cleaned in a while, it may not dry your hair as fast. That’s right, learning how to blow dry hair fast could be as simple as keeping your blow-dryer clean! Look at the vent on the back of the dryer. Is it full of fuzz? Get that out and we’re guessing you’ll have a much better blow-drying experience. Here’s How to Clean Your Hot Tools—including your blow-dryer.
TIP #8: BLOW-DRY IN SECTIONS
It make sound counterintuitive to take your time and split your hair into multiple sections when you’re in a rush, but trust us. When you try to blow-dry your whole head of hair at once, it takes forever to get through your whole head. If you focus on smaller sections, you can quickly dry each one.
Still think you won’t have enough time? Believe it or not, wet hair is actually on-trend. What we’re saying is, maybe you don’t even have to bother with your blow-dryer. Rock the slicked-back, wet look and you can be trendy while saving time. Sound good? Here’s How to Get the Wet Hair Look.
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