There are more than a few beauty horror stories out there, and it’s probably safe to say that close to 85 percent of them are hair disasters – with bad blowouts being number one on that list. At the end of the day, we all want our hair done as quickly as possible, but learning how to dry hair fast while still ensuring it turns out looking its best can be tricky.
Between being terrified of potentially burning your strands off or damaging the growth of your hair for good, it’s pretty clear that blowing your hair out under any circumstance can be extremely intimidating (and potentially traumatizing). So, we spoke to hair miracle worker and MIZANI Artist and Educator Daryce Brown-Willis about this paralyzing fear, and how to dry hair faster. Here are the four blowout hacks she swears by that will forever change how you do your hair.
Rule 1: Use The Right Size Tool
Reece’s first holy-grail rule involves the tools you are using to blow out your hair. “The best method to blow drying any type of hair is to make sure your sections are not bigger than the tool or brush you are using,” she says. The smaller tool will make it easier to thoroughly comb out each strand, making your blowout a much smoother process. It may feel like it take more time to dry your hair this way, but you’ll actually blow it out faster.
Rule 2: Take Your Time
It’s true – all kinds of beauty horror moments are more likely to occur when you’re in a rush. That’s why Reece says it’s important to be meticulous – even when you want your hair to dry faster. “Make sure you take your time,” she says. “Because the roots should be fully dry and smooth before moving on to the mid-shaft and then to the ends.”
Rule 3: Distribute the Heat Evenly
The number one thing to avoid when blowing out your hair is uneven distribution of heat, Reece notes. “Make sure you don't leave it blowing on one area too long,” she says, as focusing too closely on one area may cause potential heat damage. Instead, move quickly. Not only will you experience less damage, you’ll also dry your hair faster.
Rule 4: Use a Blowout Product
“Product and technique are key to blowing out hair without damage,” says Reece, so it’s super important that you protect your hair as best you can while you’re blowing it out. “My favorite products are within the Thermasmooth system from MIZANI,” she says, like the Sleek Guard Smoothing Cream. “The range protects the hair from heat, replenishes moisture levels, and strengthens and repels humidity.” Amen to that.