The Best Hair Products for Blow Drying
Oribe Balm D'or Heat Styling Shield
Buy It: $44; birchbox.com
Let’s just get the sticker shock out of the way. Yes, this is not exactly a drugstore-priced item, but the longevity of the product combined with the undeniable results have sent even the most budget-constrained among us back for more. The bottle lasts longer than you might think (even long hair only needs three pea-sized pumps of this balm max) while the heat protection keeps your strands looking shampoo-commercial sleek.
Aquis Hair Towel
Buy It: $35; sephora.com
Wrap your hair with this waffle-textured towel, and it immediately soaks up residual dampness while keeping your strands smooth unlike conventional towels which can rough up your texture and cause frizz. You might take up a new hobby (or even sign up for a morning exercise class) with all the time you used to spend blowdrying.
Shu Uemura Wonder Worker
Buy It: $33; birchbox.com
This primer is a minimalist’s dream. It can replace several bottles and pumps in your crowded bathroom cabinet since just a few well-placed sprays gives hair unbelievable bounce and shine even when the humidity hangs thick like a damp towel.
Windle & Moodie Shine & Smoothing Oil
Buy It: $37; violetgrey.com
If you’ve had a bad encounter with hair oil in the past, this deserves to be your rebound bottle. A thimble-full transforms even the most unruly of hair into soft, tameable tresses with a healthy-looking shine that belies any of the torture you might implement with curling or flat irons.
Klorane Leave-In Creams
Buy It: $18; sephora.com
This French girl-favorite pharmacy brand recently introduced a line of leave-in conditioners that work on damp hair before blow drying and on dry stands too. The pomegranate-infused formula keeps color-treated hair looking vivacious.
Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer
Buy It: $195; sephora.com
If your hair dryer sounds like your cranking up a tractor or you’re shaking a maraca to the tune of “Despacito,” it might be time to invest in a new one. There’s no substitute for a professional-style model (it will last longer and give you shinier locks than any big box-store buy), and this one from Drybar is a sunny shade of yellow, which science says will make you feel a bit peppier as you head out the door.