5 At-Home Blowout Essentials (and the Best Hair Dryers)
Get volume the way a pro does: Roll just-dried hair sections into a loop, and pin to scalp with Ricky's NYC No-Crease Bow Clips, $6 for three. Unclip when hair feels cool to the touch.
2-Inch Curling Iron
"A large curling iron is a great tool to add bounce," says Alli Webb, founder of Drybar in Los Angeles. Wrap ends around the barrel for subtle, sexy waves. Try Gold 'n Hot 24K Colossal Curl 2" Professional Spring Iron, $40.
It's the foolproof way to keep a 'do intact as you suds up. Clip hair into a bun, then slip on a snug cap, like the Jimeale New York Shower Cap, $15; be sure to cover your hairline completely.
They may seem old-school, but a few T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers ($99 for a set of eight) on your crown amp up body.
Heat styling can bring on brittleness; soften up with a protein mask, says Gregory Patterson, a stylist at Blow in New York City. Try Fekkai Protein Rx Anti-Breakage Treatment Mask, $30, which has milk and soy.
Best Dryer: Tourmaline Slide
When your hair is looking more fried than fab, choose a dryer lined with tourmaline. The gem helps dry hair from the inside out, so the outermost layer absorbs less heat. Try Amika NRG Professional Drying System, $115.
Best Dryer: Keratin
If you heat-style more than three times a week, consider a dryer made with this protein. The model above has an interior ceramic ring packed with keratin; it fills potholes on damaged strands, to enhance silkiness. Try Remington Keratin Therapy Dryer, $40.
Best Dryer: Power
No time to spare? An extra strong fan pushes out hot air faster, so you can whiz through without an upper-body workout. This model has a filter you can remove; wiping it out every now and then can speed things up, too. Try Infiniti Pro by Conair AC Motor Dryer, $35.