Master class: Blow-dry your hair like a pro
Find the best blow-drying technique for your hair length — no salon necessary!
Step 1: Spritz a heat-protecting leave-in conditioner through damp strands from roots to ends (for fine hair, just on the bottom half).
Step 2: Clip up the top section of hair—no need to be precise. Starting at the back, blow-dry using a flat brush to sweep hair forward (this keeps it from getting puffy). Repeat on the sides.
Step 3: Let down the front. Blow-dry bangs first, smoothing them with the brush from one side, then to the other. Unclip the rest and work back toward your crown until the top is all dry.
Step 4: To finish, warm a tiny dab of pomade between your fingers and pull it through the ends for a piece-y effect.
Short hair: The right brush
A flat brush with boar and nylon bristles smooths short hair so it lies in place. Sonia Kashuk Kashuk Tools Hair Brush, $15.79; target.com.
Step 1: Spray a volumizer at the roots of wet hair to add body, then apply a bit of leave-in conditioner to the ends.
Step 2: If you have bangs, blow-dry them using a big, round brush. Pull them straight out from your forehead and aim the dryer's nozzle toward their ends.
Step 3: Dry the sides and ends without a brush until they're 95 percent done. Clip up the top and finish drying those sections, using the brush to pull hair taut, aiming the nozzle toward the ends.