5 At-Home Blowout Essentials & the Best Hair Dryers

by Martha Adams

No-Crease Clips

Get volume the way a pro does: Roll just-dried hair sections into a loop, and pin to scalp with Ricky's NYC No-Crease Bow Clips, $6 for three. Unclip when hair feels cool to the touch.

2-Inch Curling Iron

"A large curling iron is a great tool to add bounce," says Alli Webb, founder of Drybar in Los Angeles. Wrap ends around the barrel for subtle, sexy waves . Try Gold 'n Hot 24K Colossal Curl 2" Professional Spring Iron, $40.

Shower Cap

It's the foolproof way to keep a 'do intact as you suds up. Clip hair into a bun, then slip on a snug cap, like the Jimeale New York Shower Cap, $15; be sure to cover your hairline completely.

Hot Rollers

They may seem old-school, but a few T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers ($99 for a set of eight) on your crown amp up body .

Deep Conditioner

Heat styling can bring on brittleness; soften up with a protein mask, says Gregory Patterson, a stylist at Blow in New York City. Try Fekkai Protein Rx Anti-Breakage Treatment Mask, $30, which has milk and soy.

Best Dryer: Tourmaline Slide

When your hair is looking more fried than fab, choose a dryer lined with tourmaline. The gem helps dry hair from the inside out, so the outermost layer absorbs less heat. Try Amika NRG Professional Drying System, $115.

Best Dryer: Keratin

If you heat-style more than three times a week, consider a dryer made with this protein. The model above has an interior ceramic ring packed with keratin; it fills potholes on damaged strands, to enhance silkiness. Try Remington Keratin Therapy Dryer, $40.

Best Dryer: Power

No time to spare ? An extra strong fan pushes out hot air faster, so you can whiz through without an upper-body workout. This model has a filter you can remove; wiping it out every now and then can speed things up, too. Try Infiniti Pro by Conair AC Motor Dryer, $35.

Best Dryer: Ionic

These dryers hit hair with a negative charge, forcing the top layer to lie flat. Crave a wave? Switch to positive ions, which rough up the cuticle and build texture . Translation: You'll look great, smarty! Try One Epic Nano Pro 1875 Watts Hair Dryer, $240.

DIY At-Home Blowout

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