During the dog days of summer, just the thought of spending any amount of time blow-drying our hair makes us break out in a sweat—literally. Life would be so much better if you could just wash and go. Well, as it turns out—you can! You just need a little product to avoid looking like you got caught in a rainstorm.
We tapped five top stylists to find out what products they turn to for wash-and-go styles and exactly how they use them, so you can get out of the shower and get on with your day.
"Hands down my favorite product is this spray oil, which is perfect for all hair types and leaves hair looking radiant," says Matt Fugate, Kérastase celebrity hairstylist. "Its power comes from how healthy it makes hair look—you immediately notice a blowout-sealed shine without a blowout."
How to use it: How much you apply depends on your hair texture. For fine hair, Fugate recommends spritzing it into the air and walking through it like perfume. For medium to thick textures, comb hair to smooth the cuticle, then spray it directly on damp hair. Twist hair into one or a few small buns then don't mess with it. When it's about 50 percent dry, lightly tousle at the roots for volume.
"For a rough, beachy look, I love this lightweight lotion that gives a matte finish and creates soft waves without overdrying the hair," says Adam Livermore, editorial hairstylist and Oribe Hair Care educator.
How to use it: If you’re short on time, Livermore recommends keeping it super simple by applying six to eight pumps of product to damp hair from roots to ends, then just shaking it out and letting it air-dry.
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How to use it: Stenson starts with wet hair, rings it out, brushes through it, then gently works a quarter-size amount (use less if you have fine hair and more if you have thick hair) of product from scalp to ends. If you have curly hair, wrap it into the hair following the curl pattern. If you have long hair, tie it up into a top knot, then release and shake out for textured waves.
"For hair that needs a little more moisture and taming, I like to use Rita Hazan True Color conditioner," says Cristina B., a stylist at Rita Hazan Salon in New York City.
How to use it: During wash, only rinse out about 75 percent of the conditioner. Then, Cristina suggests applying a mousse (she likes Milbon wave-enhancing mousse) to bring out the waves and control frizz. For thicker hair, you can use about a golf ball size of the product and, for fine hair, slightly less.
"For wavy hair with a little texture, I recommend the curling cream and mousse together," says Nunzio Saviano, celebrity hairstylist and owner of Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York City. "The mousse keeps waves in place and gives it body, and the curling cream enhances the shape so it stays better throughout the day."
How to use it: Saviano shares this trick for air-drying: Squeeze water out with a paper towel. It's softer and gentler than a bath towel, which can stress the hair and cause frizz. Then, gently rake curling cream through hair with fingers and finish by crunching in a palmful of mousse. If your hair is straight, Saviano suggests tying it up in a bun or two braids to add some texture. Then obey the golden rule of air-drying: hands off! Saviano stresses that once you prep it, you have to act like you have no hair to touch. The more you touch it, the frizzier it can get.