Blow-dry bars are everywhere these days, and as much as we enjoy getting pampered, we don’t always have the time — or money — to treat ourselves to weekly visits. And when it comes to doing our own hair, we naturally love a beauty shortcut that gives us that just-got-it-done look with little effort (and even better if it also gets us out the door faster).
Our current obsession? Shu Uemura’s Straightforward Time-Saving Blow Dry Oil, a total hairstyling game-changer. Use it on towel-dried hair and it cuts drying time down by a matter of minutes — even in half, depending on your hair type.
Courtesy Shu Uemura
The all-star ingredient here is black cumin oil — aka the oil of pharaohs — an antioxidant-rich nourisher that adds shine and also doubles as a heat protectant.
The no-fuss dispenser sprays the product out in a fine, controllable mist so you can easily and evenly coat your strands (while inevitably juggling your dryer and favorite round brush). The lightweight formula has the same gliding properties that make foundation so velvety on skin. In other words, your hair ends up smooth and silky and not at all greasy. We’ve even found that it “sets” our blowouts, locking in that fresh, just-back-from-the-salon sleekness for much longer.
Plus it smells oh-so-fancy … Cleopatra would definitely approve.
Buy It! Shu Uemura Art of Hair Straightforward Time-Saving Blow Dry Oil Spray, $39; shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com
— Jane Sung