Sultra Hair Dryer Lead
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Or if your hair is less maintenance than mine, you can probably get the job done in 15 minutes, no joke.

As long as I can remember, I've had an ongoing battle with getting my curly hair into a manageable state, and before the birth of the CHI flat iron, I'd spend far too long trying to smooth over a section with a blow dryer. Keratin treatments and finding which products work for me have since eased the process, but even so, trying my own hand at a DIY blowout usually feels more like an intense arm excercise than a theraputic beauty ritual.

That said, I'll rock a blowout or style for days on end partially because I'm lazy, and partially because my hair isn't the type you can wash every single day. This week, unfortunately, I didn't have time for that thanks to a repeat viewing of Sex and the City's sixth season that left me so emotionally drained, I fell asleep before even getting in the shower. When my hair gets gross, it gets gross, so tying it up in a top knot the next morning wasn't exactly an option. (That, and I'm pretty self-conscious of my massive forehead. It's fine.) Sultra's Vixen Volumizing Dryer Brush had been sitting in my bathroom for weeks, so there was no time like the present to see if it actually worked.

Luckily, I woke up early enough, so I had a little time to play around, but I've tried other hot air brushes that never got quite hot enough to tame my hair, so I was skeptical at first. I started by rough-drying my completely wet hair for a minute with my regular dryer, sectioned my hair into four workable areas, then switched over to the Vixen. The temperature certainly lived up to my standards, and blowing out my hair was as easy as just using a round brush solo through each layer. This entire process started at 7:30, and by 7:50, I had finished my entire head, and was ready to move on to my makeup. My arms weren't tired in the slightest, and once I got to work, one of my friends asked me if I had hit up Drybar that morning. Seriously, it's that good.

Shop the Sultra Vixen Volumizing Dryer Brush for $130—which tallies up to roughly three visits at the blowout bar—at now.