Blow Drying Hair in Under 10 Minutes


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Robe: Anthropologie | 1907 by Fromm blow dryer: Fromm [c/o] | 1907 by Fromm Hot Paddle: Fromm [c/o] | Kérastase Elixir Ultime: Kérastase [c/o] | Royal Blow Out Spray: Oribe | Clear Console: Similar

Photography by: Angie Garcia

If there is one thing in the world I hate doing it would be blow drying my hair. And let me just list the ways….

1. I’ve Got Textured Hair

The reason I have a lot of body is because my hair is pretty textured. There are so many “pros” to it. I only have to wash my hair twice a week, whatever I do to my hair will last for days and I never worry about my hair falling flat. But oh boy, are there “cons.” One being that blow drying my hair TAKES FOREVER. And even when I’m done I don’t have Disney Princess, silky, fine hair that can just whip in in the wind and cue Colors Of the Wind to start playing. I’ve still got to play around and style it.

2. We’ve Got a Small Bathroom

Old home = one small bathroom. I’m so thankful because our bathroom was built with a little vanity area so I can sit and do my hair while Paul gets ready too. However… normally takes about 15 minutes for my hair to blow dry and that just makes it hot and uncomfortable. I feel like I’ve just made all my foundation dewy by the time I’m done and I feel anything but ready to go out the door.

3. It Takes Away My Morning Time

I’ve shared that I prop up my iPad and watch Youtube videos while I curl my hair and do my makeup. It makes the process enjoyable, I get to support my friends that do Youtube and I learn about products while I get something done. #productivity

As most women can relate, from the second I run out the door I’m running 90 MPH the rest of the day. And when I finally crawl in bed at 11 p.m. the last thing I can do is have “me time.” My eyes are exhausted, I can’t read a chapter to unwind, I can’t catch up on news and I can’t text a friend. I’m just completely beat. So my morning time is truly coveted and the only time of day I feel 100% at peace. But blow drying my hair just cuts into that time and really takes away from it.

But a girls got to do what a girls go to do and that would include not leaving the house with wet hair. I was sent a brush to test out and blow dry my hair with. It claimed that it cut down on drying time and gave you an extra 10 minutes in the morning.

I’ve been playing “hair dresser” since I could hold a brush above my head, so I wasn’t sure how that would work. But as Snapchat knows, it works. It works incredibly well! I am able to blow dry my hair in 4 minutes and actually spend time styling it, which is what I truly enjoy doing. By cutting out an extra “11” minutes I’m able to have my “me time.”

Here’s how I blow dry my hair in 4 minutes!

1. Prep Hair

I gently towel dry my hair while I do my makeup and let it dry a little naturally! You never want to step out of the shower and directly put heat on you hair as that is the most fragile state it can be in. Lately, I’ve been using Kérastase Elixir Ultime. This is a leave-in treatment for fine to normal hair that is a beautifying oil. It gives you more volume [as if I needed that but you know #TexasProblems]. But what I love most about this product is how soft it leaves my hair! My hair air dries wavy but the top layer is limp and doesn’t wave or anything! It just looks like a limp green bean. haha! This allows really natural movement while moisturizing. Then I spray in Oribe Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray. If you have the time to section your hair, spray as you go and blow dry each section. Your hair will blow dry SO straight and silky. However, I wanted this tutorial to be focused on getting out the door quickly, so I just sprayed all over and dryed. it. This also repairs split ends and heals your hair wile the heat is on it.

2. Brush

Then I gently brush through the products with the 1907 by Fromm Hot Paddle. This brush is the key to getting your hair to dry quickly because of base. The base of the brush was created with aluminum ceramic plates, it this brush retains heat better than a traditional paddle brush and promotes faster straightening.

3. Dry

Another way to incorporate volume is to dry your hair by pulling the paddle away from your scalp. If you head to my Snapchat today [kateymcfarlan] I will share a video showing exactly how I dry my hair with the brush and the paddle. Essentially, I start with the front section of my hair and pull the paddle brush away from my scalp. You can see in the photos, but this provides a lot of body for your hair instead of just applying heat straight to your scalp! If you have time, you can section off and I would start at the top layer of your hair and work your way down, as opposed to the opposite direction.

4. Me Time

After the 4 minutes I have my “me time.” I use this extra 10 minutes in my morning schedule to catch up on my phone while I sip my coffee. I CAN’T drink iced coffee. Anyone else?! Coffee is something so comforting to sip and I feel like iced coffee makes it a thirst quencher. haha. I sip my coffee, and catch up on my phone.

I’ve shard before that I’m really bad about going through text messages quickly because I like to be present in the moment of whatever I’m doing throughout the day. So I take that time to respond to messages from the evening before and catch up on the news. I use the Skimm to stay up to date. You get an e-mail each morning and it takes 2 minutes to read all of the updates. I play with Peaches, finish my coffee and I’m ready to style my hair, throw on clothes and head out the door.

You can get the 1907 by Fromm Hot Paddle here and I use the 1907 by Fromm blow dryer as well! I’ve been using it since last December and love it!

I hope this post was helpful for all you busy girls out there! I know you have no time to waste and I appreciate you spending a few minutes on COF this morning! Have a wonderful weekend!


In Partnership with Fromm Beauty. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Morgan wrote:

    I have thick, wavy hair that takes forever to dry! Never thought my brush could make a difference but I think I’m going to try this one out!

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    Published 29 Apr 16Reply
  2. Caitlin Taylor wrote:

    This is LITERALLY my life. Naturally textured, wavy hair = hot mess, sweating while blow drying my hair/taking away Netflix in the morning. This is so helpful, Katey, thank you!

    Published 29 Apr 16Reply
  3. Katy, I’m helping to expand a new line of naturally based hair care products, Monat Global. These products are amazing & help to shorten the drying time, also. I’d love to send some samples your way ??

    Published 29 Apr 16Reply
  4. I’m seriously impressed that you can blow dry your hair in less than ten minutes! Usually takes me 40 minutes to do mine, such a pain!

    Published 29 Apr 16Reply
  5. OMG I want to try! Literally hate washing my hair because I hate blow drying it! I’m always like hmmmm I can go one more day right?! Did you do a video too? I thought I saw that on snap! xoxo

    Published 29 Apr 16Reply
  6. I have this same hair dryer and brush and absolutely love it!! it dries my hair SO fast!!! XO


    Published 29 Apr 16Reply
  7. Casey wrote:

    This is great! I think you mentioned the video was too big for your blog. Can you put it on your YouTube channel?

    Published 29 Apr 16Reply
  8. I use the same dryer! Seriously, best one I’ve used yet! <3

    Published 29 Apr 16Reply
  9. Can we talk about that bathrobe for a second. I am in LOVE girl! I never wear a robe but seeing this beautiful thing makes me want to start!

    Morgan Paige

    Published 29 Apr 16Reply
  10. Bethany wrote:

    Great post!!! I am defnitely going to have to try this brush out. I HATE blow drying my hair so I was so excited for this post. 🙂

    Published 30 Apr 16Reply
  11. Amy Beth wrote:

    I’ve been waiting for this post all week because my sentiments exactly on how I feel about drying my hair!! I can’t wait to try!!! Oh and ps. definitely watched the entire Pocahontas video. No shame.

    amy beth

    Published 30 Apr 16Reply
  12. Maya wrote:

    Wow a 4 minute blow dry?! I am seriously impressed!!

    I also really love that robe and your home decor style too!

    Xx Maya from Maya Unmarketed

    Published 30 Apr 16Reply
  13. Kelsey wrote:

    Loving this post! Definitely need to cut down my drying time. Question – how long do you leave your hair in the towel and do you wait to put product in until right before you blow dry it? I feel like my hair gets frizzy if it’s been in a towel for too long!

    Published 02 May 16Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Kelsey!

      I leave it in while I do my makeup so about 12 minutes! I wait to put product in right before I blow dry! But I will typically make our bed in between so I have a few minutes to let it absorb. 🙂



      Published 02 May 16Reply
  14. Savannah wrote:

    Hi Katey!
    Thanks for sharing your routine! My hair goes through so much throughout a typical week. I’ve cut down a lot on washing and styling but it’s so tough because I’m in Houston humidity. Curly hair and humidity DO NOT mix. I’ve been struggling with a lot of fall out lately. I thought it was due to hormone changes after I started taking a medicine a while back. I got off of the medicine but have continued to have problems with hair coming out over a year later. I started taking Viviscal and I think there’s been a difference. I have an enormous amount of baby hairs which is annoying but good. Do you have a problem with hair falling out? On another note, would you say the curling wand from Nordstrom you use is less damaging than others?

    Published 02 May 16Reply
  15. Such a cute post gal! I really need to learn how to round brush my hair, yours looks fabulous

    xo Laura Leigh

    Published 03 May 16Reply