There are two types of people: the ones who just let their hair air-dry post a hair wash, and the ones who literally break an arm blow drying their hair for a good 20 minutes - pro level! Well, let me just tell you that I’m an exception to the rule. Now you’re wondering how exactly I dry my hair. (Yes, read minds, girl!)

Even though air-drying sounds great and blow drying gives your hair a salon-like finish, they’re both methods that aren’t too practical in the long run. While one takes longer, the other is not the gentlest drying method for your hair. That’s why I’m going to share a few tricks I have up my sleeve that will help you get the job done in no time.

These five essential hair drying tips will work for every girl who is short on time and scared to cause damage to her tresses.

 

Tip #1: Use a microfiber towel

Tip #1: Use a microfiber towel

Bringing your sopping wet hair in contact with hot air from the blow dryer is a strict no-no. Instead, jump onto towel-drying because doing so will reduce the subsequent blow drying time. Choose a microfiber towel instead of a soft cotton T-shirt because the former will help absorb up to twice as much water. Just find parts of the towel that are still dry and use them to gently dab away the water from your hair. Rubbing can roughen the hair cuticles and cause breakage, so avoid this for sure.

 

Tip #2: Be patient

Tip #2: Be patient

If you’re someone who gets out of the shower and reaches for a blow dryer immediately, then STOP this practice right now. To save time blow drying, it’s best to use a mix of both these methods—air dry and blow dry. How, you ask? Wait as long as possible after washing your hair before blow drying. Doing so will gently pre-dry your hair, which means the hair dryer only has to be used briefly. Also, you’ll be happy to know that the pre-dried strands are easier to style while blow drying as they have a better grip.

 

Tip #3: Never skip conditioner

Tip #3: Never skip conditioner

Yes, this may sound totally off topic, but surprisingly, it’s not! Did you know using conditioner in the shower not only rehydrates your hair, but also repels water. Yes, you read that right! Here’s just another reason to not skip conditioner after shampooing your hair. Conditioner seals in the moisture and prevents your hair from absorbing more water than necessary.

 

Tip #4: Bring it on brush

Tip #4: Bring it on brush

We’re not asking you to brush wet hair vigorously. No, don’t do that! But, a few gentle strokes before and while blow drying can definitely speed up the drying process. And doing so can also make your hair soft and smooth. Brushing gently will even the distribution of hot hair from the blow dryer, thereby drying your strands quickly.

 

Tip #5: Rough-dry

Tip #5: Rough-dry

You’ll often find celebrity hairstylists or salon professionals use this technique to express dry your hair. Rough drying is blow drying by tousling your hair with your fingers and focusing only on the roots. Rough-drying will dry your hair about 40 percent. You can then grab your brush and go on with a regular blowout. This hair-drying trick is sure to save you some time!

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