5 Hold off on mousse
If you’re after really smooth results, mousses (and gels, and anything with hold) work best when applied to damp hair that’s blowdried immediately. Letting them sit in hair while it air-dries for even 10 minutes can freeze kinks and waves in place, explains hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins. Oils, leave-in conditioners and other anti-frizz products should be applied straight after your shower.
6 Tackle your fringe first
Do this before it dries wonky. For a sideswept fringe, use a medium-size, round boar-bristle brush, and sweep your hair to one side. If your fringe is blunt, brush it from side to side with a paddle brush as you dry so that it’s not too flat, says stylist Matt Fugate.
7 Know when to use ions 8 Don’t deflate
An ionic hairdryer flattens the hair’s cuticle, which is great if you want your style to look straight and not at all poufy. But if you’re after volume, ditch the ionic dryer.
The difference between straight and lank is a 5cm round boar-bristle brush. Use it to stretch your hair up just a bit at the roots, and then down towards your shoulders in a slight arc, gently pulling the brush straight through your hair all the way to the ends.
9 Count to four (or five)
If you want volume, let your hair cool for a few seconds on the round brush. Pull your hair up towards the ceiling, and then roll the brush down the length of your hair and back up. Keep each section of hair wound around the bristles as you count, then release.
10 Check your work
Once you think your hair is dry, feel for damp spots. If you want it to last, your hair must be 100% dry or it will frizz and the volume won’t last, says Nathaniel. Remember when we said to do anything but blowdry sopping-wet hair? Fringes are the exception. When your hair is still wet, brush and blowdry your fringe in the direction you want it to fall, explains Nathaniel. After the area is dry, mist it with a light-hold hairspray, and secure it in a creaseless clip until you’re ready to walk out the door.
Look for a dryer with several heat and power settings. You want strong airflow, but not scorching heat, which can damage hair. TRY 
(R1 599), which allows you to work right on your hairline, as the nozzle doesn’t get hot.
Use these to get dry hair out of the way. If you want to create bombshell volume, loosely twist small, dry sections of hair, roll them up around two fingers, and clip them against your head for 20 minutes. 
(R19.95) grip even thick hair without leaving telltale dents.
Look out for boar or nylon bristles which grip, but don’t damage. TRY  (R190).
Use this multitasker to rough-dry your hair, then again when your hair is dry to smooth and add shine. It works even better if you mist a light-hold hairspray or shine spray on the brush first. We like