How to Dry Your Hair Fast

Drying your hair can be a lengthy process, especially if you have long, thick hair that requires more effort to style, and it can get even more difficult when you’re pressed for time. There are several ways to dry your hair faster than usual, including using conditioner and hairspray, blow-drying in sections and using a ceramic brush, and blotting with a microfiber towel, which can wick away excess moisture and accelerate the drying process.


EditGetting Rid of Excess Water in Your Hair

  1. Use a wide-tooth comb after washing your hair. Wide-tooth combs separate your hair and promote better airflow, which will help you get rid of the excess water in your hair. Comb your hair with a wide-tooth comb before you leave the shower.[1]
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  2. Wring or shake out your hair before stepping out of the shower. This speeds up the drying process and prevents your hair from being soaking wet immediately following a shower.
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    • Separate your hair into multiple sections and squeeze each section to wring out excess water.
    • Flip your head upside down and run your fingers through your hair to shake out droplets of water.
  3. Blot your hair using a microfiber towel. Microfiber towels are soft and very absorbent, and can soak up more water than other towels without damaging your hair cuticles.[2]
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    • Separate your hair into multiple sections and blot each section using a dry towel for the best results.
  4. Use paper towels if you don’t have a microfiber towel. Paper towels can soak up more water than regular towels while preventing frizz. Use several paper towels to soak up the water in your hair. Don’t forget to recycle them when you’re done![3]
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  5. Wrap your hair in a towel turban. Wearing a towel turban while getting ready allows the towel to absorb excess water and moisture from your hair. Bend down so your hair is upside down. Position your towel at the back of your neck horizontally and start draping your hair with both of your hands. Twist the towel gently, not too tightly, and stand back up.[4]
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    • Replace it with a new towel when your existing towel turban becomes heavy and wet.

EditUsing Hair Products for a Faster Dry

  1. Treat your hair with conditioner while bathing. Conditioner locks in moisture and helps repel water to prevent your hair from absorbing more water than necessary following a bath or shower. Apply conditioner, mostly focusing on the ends of your hair, and rinse after a few minutes.
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    • You can also use a leave-in conditioner for anti-frizz and a shiny look as well as a faster dry.[5]
  2. Use hair products that say “blow-dry” or “quick dry” on their label. Many commercial hair products such as lotions and primers now contain heat-conducting substances that wick moisture away from your hair. Apply these products to your hair as directed, prior to blow-drying or air-drying your hair, and distribute them evenly on your head.[6]
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    • Don’t apply any products until your hair is towel-dried and the excess water is soaked.[7]
  3. Use hairsprays with alcohol. Normally, it’s not advised to use products with alcohol since they can make your hair dry, but if you’re really in a rush and your hair is still wet, try using a hairspray or mousse that has some alcohol content—it will help you hair dry faster.[8]
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EditBlow-Drying Your Hair

  1. Use an ionic hair dryer with a high wattage. Ionic hair dryers can help smooth your hair better and prevent frying. Choose stronger ones with a wattage between 1800 and 1850 to speed up the drying process by as much as 70 percent.[9]
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  2. Blow-dry your hair outside of the bathroom. It might come naturally to blow-dry your hair in the bathroom but the after-shower steam won’t be helpful for drying it fast. Consider moving to your bedroom or another room to avoid dampness in the air and accelerate the drying process.[10]
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  3. Rough-dry your hair before reaching for the brush. Prior to using a brush during blow-drying, use your fingers as a comb and toss your hair from one side to the other. Keep doing this rough-drying method for 50 to 75 percent of the time, and then switch to a brush. Dry upwards for more volume, and downwards for smooth and glossy hair.[11]
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  4. Use a microfiber brush or ceramic round-barreled brush for the rest of your blow-dry. A microfiber brush has the ability to absorb moisture while you brush, and a ceramic round-barreled brush can conduct the heat coming from the dryer onto your hair strands while also shaping them nicely. Such brushes with fewer bristles than regular ones also allow for more airflow.[12]
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  5. Divide your hair into four sections for increased efficiency. Although this may sound like a lot of work, it actually helps you dry your hair more efficiently and effectively instead of handling all of your hair at once. Once you section your hair in four, hold three of the sections in place with clips.[13]
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  6. Start with the bottom layers. This prevents the top layers from soaking up excess water after they’ve already dried, especially when combing or brushing your hair. Flip your head over, then blow-dry the bottom layers before moving on to the top layers.[14]
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  7. Spend more time drying the roots. The ends of your hair often dry faster than its roots, which tend to finish drying last. While blow-drying your hair, focus on the roots, although you should try to avoid keeping the dryer at one place and frying your hair.
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  • Consider using dry shampoo if you need to wash your hair and you’re running short on time. Dry shampoo refreshes your scalp by soaking up sweat and minimizing grease without the need for water.[15]


  • Avoid blow-drying your hair when its strands are soaking wet, since this can lead to hair damage and dry, frizzy hair. Always blot your hair dry using a towel before using a hair dryer.

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