How To Dry Hair Fast – 9 Easy Methods To Try

Reviewed by Melissa Neubeck, Cosmetologist & Trichologist
By Ramona Sinha, Certified Skin Care Coach

Washing and drying your hair is a lengthy procedure. For those with long, thick hair, this only takes more time. But what if you could dry your hair faster? Though air drying is the best among the many hair drying methods, it also consumes time. What if you can cut down your hair drying time? This article explores some tips that can help you achieve the same. Take a look.

How To Dry Your Hair Fast?

Try these methods to speed up the hair drying time:

1. Try The Ionic Technology

Ionic hair dryers can help you dry your hair faster. Ionic hair dryers claim to emit negative ions that break apart water molecules and evaporate them much quicker than the traditional blow drying method. Ionic technology also keeps your hair shiny and reduces frizz.

2. Use Far-Infrared Heat

Many advanced blow dryers are powered with infrared heat technology. These dryers have low heat levels and claim to break down water molecules for fast drying. The infrared blow dryers do not cause heat damage, help minimize frizz, and improve shine and smoothness.

3. Use Hair Products To Improve Air-Drying Time

Air-drying is a safe and relatively damage-free way to dry your hair quickly as it involves little to no heat. Using hair care products can speed up the drying time.

This works best for fine and straight hair. Apply styling products like serums, gels, and hair mousses when you air-dry your hair for a shiny, frizz-free mane. However, use them in moderation to prevent scalp buildup.

4. Gently Massage With Your Fingertips

Gently massaging the hair while air drying can dramatically speed up the drying time. Wondering how? When you run your fingers in circles, the air can easily pass through the hair and reach the roots. Thus, your hair dries fast.

5. Adopt The Hybrid Approach

If the time permits, air-dry your hair for as long as possible before using the blow dryer. The pre-drying technique will considerably reduce the time your hair is exposed to heat and decrease frizz. It will also be a lot easier to style your hair, thanks to a better grip on your pre-dried strands.

6. Use A Microfiber Towel

Ditch the traditional cotton towel for a microfiber towel. Compared to cotton towels, microfiber towels can absorb twice the amount of water. You will require less heat and time to dry your hair quickly. Gently dab and squeeze your hair with the towel instead of rubbing it vigorously. This minimizes friction and hair breakage.

7. Use Quick-Dry Sprays

Quick-dry sprays can reduce your blow-drying time to half.  These sprays usually contain an AHA (usually lactic acid) that coats the hair strands, encourages faster evaporation, and increases the airflow, reducing the hair drying time. These sprays can protect the hair from heat damage and detangle your tresses, leading to healthy-looking hair.

8. Sleep On A Satin Pillowcase

Your pillowcase can affect the appearance and quality of your hair. Synthetic blend or cotton pillowcases can strip your hair of moisture, increase friction, and cause frizz and tangles.

However, a satin or silk pillowcase can help protect and tame your wet hair much better than a regular one. Satin pillowcases do not absorb water and minimize friction, tangles, frizz, and hair breakage.

9. Use The Right Brush

Get a vented hair brush for faster drying. The vents in the hair brush allow for easy air movement when blow drying. As a result, the moisture in your hair will evaporate faster, and you will get smooth and frizz-free hair.

In summary, there are many different methods you can try out to dry your hair faster. From using a blow dryer with ionic technology to a “no heat” method, you can find a hair drying technique that suits your style and hair type. If your hair is damaged, dry, or weak, opt for a “no heat” method of drying hair. If you have healthy hair, you can use a blow dryer but make sure it is on a low setting to prevent any heat damage. So, scroll up and read through all the techniques again to discover which one would work the best for you and your hair. You can also experiment with multiple techniques!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does hair dry faster with hot or cold air?

Hair dries faster with hot air. However, cold air may be slightly less damaging to your hair. It is advisable to alternate between heat and cold settings while drying your hair.

Is it better for your hair to let it dry naturally?

Air drying may not be better than blow-drying as prolonged contact of wet hair strands with air may lead to some hair damage. However, it may cause less damage than blow-drying hair with improper techniques.

How long does it take hair to dry?

The time it takes for the hair to dry depends on the drying method used, and the type, thickness, and length of the hair.

What happens if you don’t dry your hair after showering?

Your hair may become frizzy and rough if you don’t dry your hair after showering.

Key Takeaways

  • Ionic hair dryers emit negative ions that break apart water molecules and evaporate them much quicker than the traditional blow drying method.
  • Infrared blow dryers can dry hair quickly even on low heat setting and help minimize frizz, and improve shine and smoothness without causing heat damage.
  • Air drying after applying a low quantity of serum is best suitable for fine and straight hair.

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Ramona is an editor at StyleCraze. Prior to that, she authored over 200 articles on skin and hair care. She... more

Melissa Neubeck

(Cosmetologist & Trichologist)
Melissa, a practicing cosmetologist of 30 years and successful color and makeover specialist, has connected the worlds of hairstyling and... more