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The Best Hair Products and Tools for Fuss-Free Hairstyles

Down on your locks? Our handbook of time-saving hair products and do-good tools will have you turning heads in a flash.
hair styling products Speed-Dry Your Hair

New products claim to slash minutes from your styling routine so you can get out of the locker room fast. FITNESS staffers put them to the beat-the-clock test.

1. Blow Ready Set Blow Express Blow Dry Lotion ($21, ulta.com)

Time saved: 5 minutes

"I usually let my hair air-dry while I'm getting dressed and then blow-dry it. This lotion cut my drying time in half!"
-- Christie Griffin, digital director

2. Matrix Design Pulse Thermo Glide Express Blowout Creme ($14, matrix.com for salons)

Time saved: 4 1/2 minutes

"I was able to dry my long hair in only nine and a half minutes. It made my style supersilky."
-- Lauren Kukafka, assistant art director

3. Sally Hershberger Professional Hair Care Go with the Blow Thermal Styler ($13, Ulta stores)

Time saved: 5 minutes

"My hair dried quicker, but it wasn't as frizz-free as usual. I'll probably pair it with a smoothing cream next time."
-- Kristen Diederich, senior Web editor

4. Tigi Catwalk Sleek Mystique Blow Out Balm ($20, tigihaircare.com for salons)

Time saved: 11 minutes

"My drying routine went from 25 to 14 minutes! This balm also gave me a nice wave, and my hair felt ultrasoft."
-- Argy Koutsothanasis, fashion director

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, April 2011.