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Instant Pretty: Time-Saving Hair Products

Speed up blow drying and prolong your color and style using these clever tools.

By Dori Katz

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For brag-worthy blowouts, invest in a heat-protectant spray to prevent static and flyaways, and a fab hair dryer—look on the box for the words "ionic technology" (translation: minimal frizz) and "professional-grade motor," which cuts down on drying time.

Instead of washing and starting from scratch, prolong your style by spraying a dry shampoo onto roots to absorb excess oil.

Extend time between coloring with the newest root touch-ups—the precise applicators make the process quick, clean and foolproof.

"For a quick volume boost, hold hair straight out from your head and point the tip of the dryer—and thus airflow—underneath the section at the roots," says Caile Noble, stylist for Serge Normant at John Frieda in Los Angeles.

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Time Saver: Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, $5, available at drugstores

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Time Saver: Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo, $3, available at drugstores

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Innovator: Infiniti Pro by Conair Spin Air Brush, $60, available at drugstores

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Copyright © 2011 Meredith Corporation.

This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings and styles are subject to change.

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