Healthy Hair With Less Hassle
Get glossier, stronger hair with a hands-off approach.
Blot Dry Before Blow-Drying
Trying to dry sopping-wet hair can take forever and invites heat damage. Speed things up by blotting hair with an absorbent
towel (no rubbing, which roughs up strands). Next, gently wrap your hair turban-style until it’s 80 percent dry and move on
to other tasks, like applying makeup and getting dressed, while your hair dries naturally. Then enlist a dryer.
Use Medium-High Heat
Try to give hair a break from heat styling at least three mornings a week. When you do wield a tool (be it a dryer or a curling
or flat iron), stick to a medium-high setting. “If your iron has a temperature gauge, never turn it past 410 degrees,” says
Chrystofer Benson, artistic director for Logics, a hair-care line. “Many irons go up to 450 degrees, but that setting is only
for pros giving Japanese straightening treatments.” Before heat styling, apply a protective spray, like John Frieda Frizz-Ease
Heat Defeat ($6.50 at drugstores). Then slowly run or roll the tool over each section of hair once or twice (instead of doing
it quickly three or four times). “This is more effective, reduces damage, and lasts longer,” says Josh.
Your fingers deposit debris and oil, so mindlessly stroking, tucking, or twirling your hair during the day is one of the quickest ways to dull it down and dirty it up. Always style hair with clean hands, then do your best to keep your paws off.