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I am not one of those girls who blows out her hair each and every morning. First of all, it’s not good to use all that heat on your hair on a daily basis. Secondly, I have a lot of hair so giving myself a daily blowout would take between a half hour to an hour each morning (and who has time for that?)
On the occasions when I do give myself an at-home blowout, I try my best to be gentle on my hair and get it done as quickly as possible. Over the years, I’ve come across a few tips and tricks that work me to make my blowouts shorter and easier — mainly using the right tools and products.
The hair aisle at Walmart is amazing — there’s a brush or hair accessory for every one of your styling needs (and at an affordable price!) For this particular need (an easy, quick at-home blowout), I picked up three different Goody brushes: the Goody Clean Radiance Paddle Brush, Goody TangleFix Brush, and Goody Amp It Up Medium Round Brush. I’ll also use a few hair products, mentioned below, as well as a claw clip and a basic hair tie.
First I wash my hair with whatever shampoo and conditioner is currently in my shower. After stepping out of the shower, I then lightly pat it with a towel to get rid of excess water. If you have long, naturally wavy hair like mine, you’ll want to apply a light detangling spray or serum. If I’m in a hurry, I’ll also apply a blow-dry smoother/prep product to help cut a few minutes off my total styling time. After applying the product(s), I brush through my damp hair with the Goody TangleFix Brush, which gently detangles hair with its flexible bristles and easy-to-hold shape.
If I have the time, I’ll give myself an hour to let my hair air-dry before blasting it with heat. This helps to cut down on the actual amount of heat I’m applying to my hair. If I don’t, I’ll get straight to the blow-drying. Before applying any type of heat (from a blow dryer, curling iron, or flat iron), I generously spray a heat protectant throughout my hair, paying extra attention to the ends.
Here’s my #1 time-saving trick to getting a great blow-dry: I use a paddle brush. While most of my female friends use a round brush from the start, I find that it takes too long if I do this (due to the amount of long hair I have). So I pin up the very top layers of my hair (we’ll deal with those later), and start drying the lower half.
Using a paddle brush, like the Goody Clean Radiance Paddle Brush, allows me to get more hair heated at once. The large, square shape of the brush gives my hair a slight bend while also straightening it. Additionally, the copper bristles of the brush massages my scalp and works to reduce buildup and restore my hair’s natural moisture balance. Basically, the larger and flat style of this brush gets my hair dried in half the time.
Now that the bottom 75% of my hair is dried, I tie it into a low ponytail and unclip the top section. Since this section — the top and front layers of my hair — are more visible, I’ll use a smaller round brush to be really precise and give my layers volume. This is where I use the Goody Amp It Up Medium Round Brush.
After everything is done drying, I take out the hair tie and run my fingers through my hair one last time. I’ll usually apply a light spray of hairspray and then I’m done! The process of using the paddle brush to dry 75% of my hair and then tidying up the top layers with a round brush ends up cutting 5-10 minutes off my total blow dry time.