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Styling your hair can sometimes feel like a tedious task, especially when it involves a vigorous round with a blowdryer followed by a curling or straightening session. After all, in the time it takes to fry, twist, and flatten those strands into submission, you can be doing any number of things, from watching a half hour of GMA or eating a proper breakfast to pressing snooze three or four more times.
But, even for the most low-maintenance types among us (we’re talking about you, perpetual ponytail girl), hot tools are a necessarily evil. Do you really want to challenge Mom’s wisdom — and the polar vortex — by heading outside with wet hair? Didn't think so.
Fortunately, there are shortcuts you can take to speed up your morning routine and still ensure a chic, polished look. We asked top hairstylists for tips and tricks for getting the most from your blowdryer, curling iron, and flat iron with minimal effort. For fab hair on the fly, start clicking.
Illustrated by Ammiel Mendoza