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7 Time-Saving Tips When Styling Your Hair

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If there’s time to be saved when getting ready in the morning, we want to know about it. So, to keep things quick (and maybe earn you some extra zzzz’s), we’ve pulled together expert tips and industry advice that will cut your hair styling time in half. From the tools to invest in to product picks, say hello to a longer snooze...

Get Kitted Out

There are plenty of products promising to speed up your blow dry but insiders say there’s only one worth knowing about. Step forward, Color Wow’s Speed Dry, £16.50. Unlike other such sprays, this is alcohol-free (so it won’t dry out the hair) and the formula creates a protective, high-shine barrier on even the driest of strands. Speedy styling and glossy tresses? We’re in.

Condition & Comb

Here’s something we bet you didn’t know – conditioner not only smooths your strands but it can also help them dry faster, too. The silicones in conditioner coat each strand and seal it down, repelling water in the process. Keep a wide-tooth comb inside your shower and comb through when applying conditioner to ensure an even application.

Hit It Part Dry

“No matter your hair type, blow drying from soaking wet is often unnecessary and can be a waste of time,” explains Giles Robinson, Director of Global Training and Education at Color Wow. “Instead, let your hair partially air dry or rough dry your hair, using your fingers but no brush, until you reach the ‘conversion point’. This is the moment when hair starts to go from wet to dry, and when the new shape and texture get locked in. At this point, grab your brush and blow dry section by section.” Our top tip? Invest in an Aquis towel, from £35. Pop it on post-shower while you get dressed and the clever microfibres will dry your hair five times faster than regular cotton towels.

Hit The Pillow

If you find your hair routine is eating up precious time in the morning, try washing your hair at night and letting it air dry as you sleep. “This reduces heat exposure, which can dehydrate hair and also accelerates colour fade. In the morning, use a styling cream and apply to any rough, frizzy sections and brush through with a flat brush. For very unruly areas, use a round brush and give hair a quick hit from the blow dryer to create a sleek, professional look,” explains Giles. 

Go Cold Turkey

Albeit more suited to the warmer summer months, air drying your hair will not only nurture strands in the long run but can emphasise your hair’s natural texture for a beachy, lived-in vibe. Arm yourself with Redken’s genius No Blow Dry cream, £17.50, which works to control frizz and manageability without heat. It’s all down to a duo of clever polymers, which allow the hair to be controlled yet still fluid and speed up drying time. In need of more tips? Check out our piece on mastering the air dry.

Focus On Your Face

For those with unruly strands, going without heat isn’t always an option. If time is of the essence, make like the pros and focus your styling attention on the sections of hair around the face and the crown/top of the head. “These are the crucial zones,” explains Giles Robinson. “By concentrating solely on these areas, you can create a polished look in a fraction of the time. The perfectly blow-dried hair on the top will fall over the frizzy, unruly hair beneath – so you’ll only be showing the smooth, silky top layer.”

Go Pro

It may sound obvious, but investing in your dryer can make a huge difference – a less powerful, cheap or older model can take significantly longer to do the same job. When looking for a hairdryer, go for one with at least 1,800 watts of power (2,000 if your hair is thick) and one that uses ion technology and ceramic heat. This will reduce frizz, static and heat damage as well as cutting down on drying time – try the industry-acclaimed Dyson Supersonic, £299.99 or Hershesons’ Ionic Professional Hairdryer, £110.

Speed Dry Blow Dry Spray, £16.50 | Color Wow

Luxe Hair Towel, £35 | Aquis

Supersonic Hair Dryer, £299 | Dyson

Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender, £11.55 | Redken

Pro Tools Detangler Comb, £4.15 | Paul Mitchell

No Blow Dry Cream, £10.20 | Redken

Ceramic Vented Radial Brush, £17.50 | ghd

Ionic Hair Dryer, £110 | Hershesons

Don't Blow It Thick, £23 | Bumble & Bumble


Inspiration Credits: BlueMercury.com, LauraHadley.co.uk, HairChalk.com, HairTechKearney.com, AllHerThings.com
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