Blow-Dry Your Hair Like A Pro

The tricks to DIY styling, plus tools you need -- one hairstylist shares his step-by-step.
Most of us know what it's like to leave a hair salon with bouncy, beautiful hair: We walk tall, full of self-confidence. Then later, when you wash your hair at home, you can't quite recreate that salon effect with your own two hands and a blow-dryer. You just don't have time (or desire) to clip your hair into sections and tend to each one individually.

Fortunately, there are shortcuts to drying your hair at home that don't take a lot of time and still create a great look. Paul Labrecque, owner of the Paul Labrecque Salon and Spas in New York City, shares his step-by-step to a professional blow-dry -- at home.

1. Towel-dry first
After your shower, squeeze the water out of your hair, then wrap it up in a towel. Leave hair wrapped for three to five minutes (while you brush your teeth and get ready). This will remove as much moisture as possible. "When hair is soaked, blow-drying takes three times as long," says Labrecque. "Plus, excess water can dilute your styling products, making them less effective."

2. Apply leave-in conditioner
"A leave-in is important for all hair types because it prevents frizz, breakage and flyaways while you blow-dry," says Labrecque. If you have fine or thin hair, pick a spray, which won't weigh down strands. For thick, curly hair, try a heavier cream. Apply from the mid-length of strands to the ends, then use a wide-tooth comb to thoroughly distribute the conditioner and to smooth tangles.

3. Boost your roots
A root-lifting spray delivers body and volume, but it has to reach all roots to do the job. "Most people just spritz the top of their head then wonder why they can't get volume," says Labrecque. "At the salon, your stylist applies it everywhere."

The best application technique: Spritz in layers. First, position the nozzle about 5 inches from the top of your head and spray the roots. Then, separate that top section of hair and hold it straight up and out of the way, which will allow you to spritz the root area underneath. Be sure you spray both sides and the back. Now separate and hold up that section, and spray the roots underneath in the same way. Repeat until you get to the bottom layer. Use your fingertips to massage it in.

4. Flip your hair upside down
"When you're short on time, you don't need to mess with a lot of clips or dry separate sections," says Labrecque. You can give hair volume by flipping your hair over and drying upside down. "The key is to use your fingers to pull roots away from your scalp," he says. Continue until all your roots are dry and the rest of hair is mostly dry.

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