Tressed for success … results so good no one will suspect you've done it yourself. Photo: Mike Piscitelli/Gallery Stock/Snapper Media
Mastering the art of an at-home blow-dry is up there with knowing how to negotiate a pay rise as a valuable life skill. To perfect your DIY look, put salon appointments on hold for the next few months and use your time to perfect this routine.
Do the ground work. Start by detangling the hair using a wide-tooth comb before applying a pea-sized amount of a heat-protecting product through towel-dried hair.
Round up. To speed up drying time, ditch the paddle brush and opt for a round, thick-bristled brush that can smooth down large sections of hair at once. Try Lady Jayne Wooden Radial 100 Per Cent Boar Bristle Pad Brush, ($22, 1800 651 146).
Stretch it out. The more tension you create using the brush, the greater the volume. Once you have a section wrapped firmly around the brush, try pulling the hair in an upward direction so you're gently stretching the strands against the downward pressure of the hot air.
Cool it. For lasting shine, leave the hair to cool completely before working a finishing serum like Tresemmé Split Remedy Split End Sealing Serum ($11.50, 1800 061 027) through the ends to trap moisture.
Hot tip: Salon-grade hair-dryers cut styling time. Try the Parlux 3800 Eco Friendly Ionic & Ceramic Dryer, ($190, 1800 251 215.)