Style in a Hurry: Speeding Up the Hair Drying Process

If you find yourself debating which is more important, feeling great about how your hair looks or leaving your hair wet so you can get ready fast, we have some solutions for you. Instead of choosing one or the other, follow these easy instructions for creating a look you love in less time.


Wrap it up

After shampooing and conditioning, gently squeeze all the water out with a towel—scrubbing or rubbing can damage your hair. Then let your hair air dry or wrap it in a towel to absorb any excess moisture while getting ready. If your hair tends to be dry, add a small amount of leave-in conditioner to seal the cuticle and boost moisture before wrapping it in a towel.


Prep well

Before you turn on the hair dryer, there’s an important but frequently overlooked step: Apply blow dry primer. Products like Redken Pillow Proof and Kenra Platinum Blow Dry Mist can speed up dry time time while protecting your hair from heat. Follow with your usual styling products, they’ll still do their job well.

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Try wrapping your hair in a towel while you get ready. It's just one way to help speed up the drying process.
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Divide and conquer

Start out by rough drying; it’s an easy technique that makes a big difference. Using just your fingers, lift hair up and away from the scalp, aiming the dryer at the roots. Create volume by lifting all the hair on onside to the other while the hot air blows at the roots. Then repeat, moving hair to the other side. Continue lifting, tousling, and scrunching while blow drying until your hair is almost dry, roughly 80 percent dry. For control and focus, section the upper portion of your hair and clip it. Next, start drying the lower portion by using a brush to firmly pull the hair away from your head, aiming the blow dryer at the brush as it moves from scalp to ends. Continue until lower portion is dry, then repeat the process with each of the upper sections until entirely dry.

Dryer matters

All hair dryers made for home use and sold at retailers are limited to 1875 watt AC motors, but there three main differences to consider: ionic, ceramic, or tourmaline. If faster drying is your priority, an ionic dryer will be the best type for you. They emit negative ions that break down water, resulting in shorter dry time and smoother, sleeker locks.


For straight hair, always use the concentrator attachment that comes with your blow dryer. It dries your hair faster by focusing air flow directly onto the hair. And to prevent frizz, always direct the airflow downward on the hair strands. For curly hair, use the diffuser and gently scrunch curls to keep curls define and frizz free.


Choose a brush

Brush technology has been improving, and gone are the days of all brushes being the same. Today, the brush selection includes all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors. If speeding up the drying process is your priority, look for a brush labeled copper, ionic, or ceramic. An ionic brush bonus: they prevent static.


You can get even more time-saving tips from your highly trained SmartStyle stylist. Find the salon near you and check in today.

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