I have a confession to make—until recently I'd never had a blow-dry; at least, not a proper one. I know; how is that possible? It's largely because I seem to ill-time my hairdresser appointments to days and times where I have nowhere to be; no need for a sleek blow-dry. Having already sat in the colourists' chair for upwards of four hours (I have a lot of hair to dye), the last thing I want to do is spend a second longer in it. So, a rough blast it is and, as soon as I can, I'm out the door.
However, this summer I decided to treat myself to a blow-dry before a close friend's wedding. Their later start time meant I actually had time to head to the hairdressers before the nuptials began (I'm always notoriously late so, even if the ceremony begins at 12pm, I don't like to chance it). What I discovered, as I took in the handiwork of my stylist forty minutes later, was that I like blow-dries. I really like blow-dries.
Never before had my hair looked so good. It was full! Shiny! Bouncy! And now I get it—why all of my friends and the influencers I follow get them as regularly as their purse-strings permit. As such, I'm now constantly on the look-out for new blow-dry tears to take to the hairdresser when my next appointment comes around. Assuming this is something you too do ahead of your salon session, I decided to pull together some of my favourite blow-dry hairstyles for your beauty pleasure.
Whether you prefer sleek and straight or curly and full-bodied, whether your tresses or long or chin-grazing, I've found the perfect blow-dry for you.
Keep scrolling to see the chicest blow-dry hairstyles for every occasion.
Margot's stylist has given her tousled blow-dry edgy with a sweeping side-parting.
Look up "blow-dry" in the dictionary and this shot should be there.
Danielle pairs her waved blow-dry with a perfectly-quaffed curtain fringe.
A blunt bob looks particularly amazing with a razor-sharp finish.
Karina's outward hairdryer-made curls frame her face perfectly.
Brie's cute flicked ends give her blow-dry throwback appeal.
Jada's blow-dry is simple but seriously effective.
Jessie's trademark waves look extra-glossy when they've been blow-dried in place.
Laura's blow-dry ponytail is the next on my bucket list.
Erika has her naturally waved hair elegantly smoothed for a special occasion.
Straight blow-dry + full fringe = hair goals.
Kim's sweet, flicked ponytail is undoubtedly the work of a master blow-drier.
Who said blow-dries were reserved for long hair?
Alexa opts for a textured blow-dry complete with waves to the front section.
You needn't stick to glamorous waves—Selena's beauty blow-dry makes for a sultry alternative.
Chloe keeps her blow-dry simple with the ends slightly curled inwards and an extra helping of shine.
Sarah is easily the queen of the blow-dry. Follow her for all the inspiration you need.
Much like Selena, Emily opts for a slept-in blow-dry look for fashion week.
Jessica ensures her bob looks slick as can be with a kicked-out blow-dry.
Vanessa's retro '50s-style blow-dry is one of the most beautiful we've seen.
So slick, Jourdan's blow-dried tresses practically double-up as a mirror.
Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over twelve years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories, and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, works closely with influencer talent on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media. Previously, Maxine appeared on TV in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.
Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship, she was offered a position on the Look magazine fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. She went on to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others. Maxine works remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh.