Hairdressers Agree—This Product Will Help You Re-Create a Salon-Worthy Blow-Dry

I'll be honest, I'm currently really craving a professional blow-dry at my favourite salon. What I wouldn’t do for the level of bounce and shine that hairstylists get right every time. However, given the amount of time I’ve spent at home over the past year—and the amount of time I've spent quizzing hair experts—I think I have perfected my at-home blow-dry. Yes, while nothing beats a salon trip, the professional advice I’ve received has seen me through lockdown with pretty decent results. The main reason for that? Using the best blow-dry serums.


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According to the professionals, the difference between just drying your hair and a luxe blow-dry is mainly in the styling product you apply when your hair is damp. When your hair is damp, it’s at its most pliable and can be shaped and set easily, no matter the texture. Applying the wrong product at this point will make or break your finished result, so it’s key you pick correctly.


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If you have fine hair or hair that doesn’t hold a curl for long, you’ll need a product that gives your hair texture. As this dries in, it’ll create volume and hold. Textured hair will need a serum that gives the hair slip to help close the cuticles and stops your hair from puffing up at the first sign of humidity. 


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To help you decide the best blow-dry serum for your hair type, I quizzed some hairdressers for their top picks for the best blow-dry serums and sprays…

#1: Shu Uemura The Art of Styling Netsu Design Heat Protecting Blow Dry Cream 

#2: Kérastase Elixir Ultime L'Original Hair Oil

#3: Amika Blockade Heat Defense Serum 

#4: Revlon Professional EKSperience Hydro-Nutritive No Split-Ends Shine Serum

#5: Tresemmé Care & Protect Heat Defence Spray

#6: Philip B Anti-Frizz Formula 57

#7: KeraCare Silken Seal

#8: Authentic Beauty Concept Indulging Fluid Oil

#9: GHD Dramatic Ending Smooth & Finish Serum

#10: Indola Innova Finish Smooth Serum

#11: Shu Uemura The Art Of Styling Shiki Worker Blow Dry Primer

#12: Davines MOMO Hair Potion