How To Make Hair Dry Fast In The Winter

by Jessica Willingham

Taking a bath in winter is really unappealing, mainly because stripping down just sounds chilly. Plus, drying your hair takes time and energy, not to mention the feeling of wet hair against your back is maybe the worst in the freezing temperatures. If you want to quick dry your 'do without using heating products, here's how to make hair dry fast in the winter.

If you're a little hesitant about separating yourself from your blow dryer, know that letting your hair dry naturally is a great idea, especially in the winter months. Winter elements like harsh winds and indoor heating can dry out your stands, causing breakage and dullness. Add the use of hot tools like blow drying and flat ironing and you've got a wreck of a mane on your hands. While you should definitely let your hair airy dry, you should never leave your house with wet hair in the winter. Your hair can actually freeze and break. No. Bueno. "Try not to leave with wet hair because even a little dampness will turn hair stiff," L.A. celeb hairstylist Mara Roszak told Cosmopolitan. "Squeeze your tresses with a towel to absorb excess water, then flip your head over and blast with a diffuser. It takes just five minutes, and it'll keep your locks from freezing."

The good news is you can dry dripping wet hair quickly and efficiently with certain products. Here are my favorite tricks for drying hair fast.

1. Use A Micro Fiber Towel

Aquis Lisse Luxe Microfiber Hair Towel, $22, Amazon

The rough fibers in towels can cause damage to your hair (and so can the constant rubbing back and forth), so using a microfiber towel to dry wet hair will gently dry your strands without causing damage. If you need a budget-friendly alternative, use a cotton t-shirt.

2. Use Conditioner

Sephora Collection Tidy Detangling Comb, $8, Sephora

According to Byrdie, "Conditioner not only smoothes your strands but can help them dry faster, too. The silicones coat each strand and seal it down, repelling water in the process." To ensure even conditioner application, comb through your hair with conditioner while still in the shower.

3. Do Your Makeup First

Too Faced Color Drenched Lipstick, $22, Too Faced

To help reduce your hair's exposure to hot tools, let it air dry while you get ready. Finish your moisturizing, makeup, and get fully dressed before drying your hair.

If you have to use a blow dryer...

4. Use A Blow-Dry Spray

Kendra Professional Platinum Blow-Dry Spray, $15, Amazon

If you have to blow-dry your hair, try drying your undermost layers first. Use a product like blow dry spray to shorten your hair's exposure to heat.

5. Use The Right Brush

Olivia Garden’s Ceramic + Ion Thermal Hair Brush, $21, Amazon

A round, ceramic vented brush will help your hair dry as fast as possible. Use this type of brush when blowdrying and point your dryer down.

6. Use The Right Blowdryer

Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer, $195, Sephora

Apply a heat protectant before blow drying, and try to use the lowest heat setting possible. This blow dryer uses negative ions to add shine to your hair, instead of depleting it.

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