STEP 2: Hands-On
"You can get 75 percent of the moisture out of your hair by rough drying," says Townsend. "The more you do without a brush, the less pulling and damage you'll inflict in the long run." With your blowdryer set to medium — the high-temperature setting on most newer models is too hot for anything but thick, coarse hair — dry hair, using just your fingers to tousle small sections while moving the heat around your scalp and strands. Prevent frizz by pointing the nozzle of the dryer toward the floor to help seal your hair cuticles and, hence, create shine.