Lady Gaga, who is fond of taking to Instagram to share her tedious beauty regimen, has already taken a few pages out of Marilyn Monroe's book—the platinum blonde hair, the stamped-on red lipstick, the over-the-top glamour.
As far as vanity is concerned, they're two birds of a feather. So, it's no surprise that Gaga is using the same hair drying technique beloved by Monroe (and her Old Hollywood peers of the time), albeit with a modern twist.
In the '40s and '50s, salons used hair hood dryers–which are made of hard plastic and have a dome that fits over a person's head and emits heat—for drying and setting pin curls.
But when today's tried-and-true, manual hair dryer caught on in the '60s, hood dryers became far less popular, which is a shame because while they are a bit more leisurely and take longer, they won't move a hair on your head, while the same can't always be said for today's potentially frizz-inducing blowdryers.
A happy medium between the vintage and state-of-the-art hair dryers comes in the form of a futuristic-looking, bonnet-style attachment, like the one being used on Gaga, which you can fasten to a blowdryer for a similar effect. It may look funny, but it produces the same, evenly-distributed heat, and is hands-free and portable to boot. Not to mention, it's great for setting all kinds of hairstyles—not just vintage 'dos.
"You can use it for a bouncy, voluminous blowout," explains editorial hairstylist Kat Zemtsova. "Just set your damp hair in plastic or velcro rollers, then use the bonnet to dry your hair without the arm strength or professional skills required for a blowout. You can also reset your hair the next day by just spraying a little bit of setting mist in the hair, putting it in rollers, and giving it 10 minutes to set.
For wavy, curly, or frizzy hair, you can set wet or dry hair by styling it in braids or twists, then letting the bonnet work its magic, says Zemtsova. You can also use it for hair therapy with hot oil treatments or deep conditioning masks.
The best part? You can go Gaga or Marilyn with your hair for less than half the cost of one professional blowout.
Shop It: White Sands Dryer Bonnet, $20; whitesandsproducts.com.