Struggling with our blow dryer has become less of a daily battle (thank you, dry shampoo), but remains a struggle nevertheless. Who really enjoys the tedious task of blow-drying, anyway? It’s twenty minutes we could have spent getting some much-needed sleep or perfecting our cool-girl chignon. To help you win your blow-dryer battle, we asked Nelson Chan, celebrity hairstylist and founder of Nelson J Salon in Beverly Hills, for his best tips on cutting our blow-dry time in half—yes, in half. Keep scrolling for his tips!
It’s time for a wake-up call: Your brush could be slowing down your blow-dry game in a major way. In fact, Chan says it’s one of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to blow-drying. “A ceramic brush is better for fine texture and a boar-bristle brush is better for thicker hair types,” he explains. “Choosing the right size and type of brush will help facilitate drying the hair and styling it, too.” When it comes to brushes, size matters. “If you use the wrong size brush, the hairstyle will become too curly or too flat,” Chan says. “Your hair could get stuck in the brush, causing damage and breakage.” (Click here for our guide on finding the right brush for your hair type.)
If you're used to taking a brush to your sopping wet strands, it’s time to reconsider your technique. Instead of immediately pulling your strands taut and blow-drying with a brush, Chan says to rough dry your hair near the roots first until it’s nearly 80 to 90 percent dry. “Then, use a round brush or paddle brush to smooth, add body, and curl,” he says. (Click here for our tips on how to air-dry your hair like a pro!)