If we told you the cure for frizzy, unruly hair is an old T-shirt, we would expect one of the following reactions: an incredulous laugh, a dismissive scoff or a disturbing stare — or all three, in quick succession. We don’t blame you. It’s hard to look at that ratty high school gym class tee and picture it being the hair-taming miracle you’ve been praying for, but today we’re sharing a trick that may just change the hair game forever. All you’ll need is a plain cotton tee.


Instead of drying your hair with a towel post-shower, swap it for a T-shirt. Here’s why:

“When hair is wet, it becomes weaker and softer,” explains hairstylist Isabella Vázquez. “If we use a regular towel to dry it, the grooves of the towel become aggressors to the cuticle of the hair. Towels absorb all the moisture from our hair when what we want to do is absorb the excess water without stripping it of the moisture that helps the hair from becoming frizzy.”

So why a cotton shirt, you ask? Vázquez says the T-shirt will absorb excess water while preventing frizz. “Because T-shirts do not have the rough grooves of a towel, the flat surface allows water to sink in and slides over the hair instead of roughing it up.”

Another great alternative to using a T-shirt is trying a microfiber towel. We like the NuMe Microfiber Hair Wrap because it’s lightweight and will give you the same smoothing benefits. This drying method works especially well for curly-haired people who are all too familiar with frizzy-hair fiascos. Unlike thick, fluffy towels, a T-shirt or microfiber towel will dry your strands without disrupting your natural curl pattern.


STEP 1: After washing your hair, take a cotton tee and use it to gently wring out any excess water. Then, gather your hair and wrap the T-shirt around it and gently squeeze to sop up the water.

STEP 2: Flip your hair over upside down and pull your hair through the opening of your T-shirt so that the opening stretches around your hairline.

STEP 3: Twist the T-shirt until you reach the end and tuck it underneath the opening at the nape of your neck.

STEP 4: Leave the T-shirt on for 10-15 minutes, undo and style as usual.

Some women prefer to put product into their hair before wrapping it up in a tee. Experiment with it to find the combination that works best for your unique hair type. If you like to style your hair after you shower, run some mousse or styling cream through your strands before twisting it up in the shirt. For nourishing oils or smoothing serums, apply to strands once you’ve let it down from the tee. When your hair has dried, either naturally or by a blow dryer, you should notice how smooth it feels!



Summer always poses a bit of a challenge when it comes to our hair care. It’s bad enough that humidity is at an all-time high and our hair is in a permanent state of frizz. Don’t get us wrong, we love the season — sans the drying chlorine pools and scalp sunburn — but the next three months can feel like a never-ending battle with your hair. To make matters worse, we’re here to warn you of another summer hair-care aggressor — salt water.


We asked George Papanikolas, Matrix Celebrity Hair Colorist, and Biolage Ambassador, to weigh in on just how damaging salt water can be for your hair.


“Saltwater can wreak havoc on your hair, so people should absolutely be concerned when taking frequent beach trips this summer,” says Papanikolas. “The salt can leach moisture from your hair leaving it dry and brittle and more prone to breakage and split ends.”


If you’ve ever stepped out of the ocean and your skin felt dry and tight, just imagine what the water is doing to your stands. Much like chlorine, salt water can damage hair by drying it out and making it more prone to breakage and knots.


With the beach, also comes potential UV exposure from the sun. To protect your hair before splashing in the waves, Papanikolas advises using a product with UV filters. Much like your skin needs protection from the sun at the beach, your hair can benefit from it, too. “Before you go to the beach, products with UV filters like Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Vevetizer hair balm will create a shield protecting the color against sun and heat damage,” he says. As for the salt water, there is a simple hack that can keep damage to a minimum. “Rinsing your hair with fresh water first will keep your hair from soaking up as much salt water and minerals as it acts like a sponge,” Papanikolas adds.


40 Extra Ways to Use Your Blow Dryer

What you are about to read will change the way you look at your blow dryer forever.

Hair dryers are known for transforming wet locks into perfect blowouts, but you might not be aware of the forty other uses of this versatile hot tool. Here’s how you can get the most out of your blow dryer:


1. Use to dry wet polish.
2. Dry damp makeup brushes, beauty blenders, body brushes and loofahs for instant use.
3. Use to enhance the absorption of deep conditioning hair treatments. Apply a mask or oil to hair, cover with a shower cap, then slightly lift the sides to fill the bonnet with heat for a DIY steaming effect.
4. Same goes for deep conditioning hand treatments! Simply apply a nourishing lotion and plastic gloves, then add heat for softer skin.
5. To prevent clumping, dry wet mascara quickly and thoroughly before you apply that second coat.
6. Heat your eyelash curler for a long-lasting lash lift.
7. Use to dry facial oils, moisturizer and self-tanners.
8. Slightly dry eyelash glue before application of falsies.
9. Create windblown hair for Beyoncé-inspired selfies and videos.
10. Dry super liquid-y foundations for buildable coverage.
11. Use to remove excess powder or eyeshadow from your face and blow away fall-out from your clothes.
12. Warm up hard pencil liners, so color glides on smoothly and smudges easily when creating smoky looks.
13. Revive second-day curls by applying a curl-activating cream and then using your diffuser on cool setting.
14. Dry your armpits after gel deodorant application to avoid clothing stains.
15. Use to air-out strong perfume from clothes.
16. Dry the inside of your ears after swimming or showering.
17. Dry your face on a low, cool setting after washing sensitive or acne-prone skin to avoid irritation from abrasive towels.
18. Dry wet or damp toiletries, like your toothbrush and face cloth, when traveling.


19. Remove creases in your sneakers. Apply heat to the outside of your shoe and gently mold with your hand to reshape.
20. Warm up cold necklaces and bracelets before wearing.
21. Quickly dry wet socks and gloves.
22. Remove wrinkles from clothing by lightly spritzing with water and blow drying with high heat.
23. Stretch out tight leather shoes. Simply wear snug shoes or heels with socks and apply heat to widen.


24. Clean off dust from your laptop keyboard using a cool setting.
25. Use as a body heater.
26. Use the cool setting for an A/C effect.
27. Dry small paint touch-ups on walls, cabinets or cars.
28. Warm seats and beds for extra coziness.
29. Defrost foggy windows and mirrors.
30. Use to quicken the diffusion rate of room air freshener.
31. Blow dust bunnies out from their hiding places for clean floors.
32. Dry caulking.
33. Defrost ice cream for easier scooping.
34. Reheat pizza without making it soggy. Simply place your slice on a paper plate and heat from underneath.
35. Heat up crayon marks on walls to slightly melt, making them easier to remove.
36. Dry handwritten ink to prevent smudges.
37. Create white noise to block out sound or when having private conversations.
38. Use heat to loosen stickers, price tags, and Band-Aids for easier removal.
39. Dry wet kitchenware if you don’t have a dishwasher. Place plates, bowls, cutlery, etc. on a drying rack and blow dry until spotless.
40. Last but not least, a blow dryer can be the perfect present! Gift the multi-use hot tool with a print-out of this list so your friends and family can enjoy all of the benefits!


How to Protect Hair Against Heat Damage

I found some easy ways to combat unwanted dryness and breakage that comes with all  artificial heat exposure. Incorporate these five tricks into your routine for healthier hair that’ll stay strong all year long.

Photo: ©Treasures  & Travels / Stocksy

1. Lather up with clarifying shampoo

I believe that protection from heat damage actually starts in the shower. Styling hair riddled with leftover product can dry it, leading to unnecessary breakage. Kick-start your holiday hair routine by detoxifying locks with clarifying shampoo. Once a week, wash with a clarifier that’s infused with purifying rosemary leaf extract and tea tree oil, such as R+Co Oblivion Clarifying Shampoo. The cleansing formula deeply penetrates strands to remove the dirt, oil and build up that your regular shampoo simply can’t achieve, so you can style with a clean slate.

2. Slather on deep conditioner

Hydrated hair is happy hair. Properly moisturized strands can stand strong against the damaging effects of high heat, which means less flyaways and split ends. Make sure you’re replenishing your strands with essential fatty acids at least once a week to guard against dryness. Opt for a deep conditioning mask rich in protein, like Rene Furterer Karite Hydra Hydrating Shine Mask, which contains lipid-replenishing shea oil to replace moisture and protect your hair’s keratin structure. After shampooing, apply the mask to sectioned hair and leave in for thirty minutes. To enhance hair’s absorption of healthy ingredients, I like to cover my head with a shower cap, slightly lift the sides, and fill the bonnet with heat from my blow dryer for a DIY steaming effect.

3. Always spritz on a heat-protecting spray

If you don’t have heat protecting spray in your beauty arsenal, stop reading and go get some right now. I can’t stress this enough—combing a thermal protectant through your hair before applying heat is the best way to keep strands from burning. Opt for coverage effective up to 420+ degrees, and make sure to evenly distribute through damp hair from root to tip before blow-drying. I like how Rene Furterer Lissea Thermal Protecting Smoothing Spray adds a lightweight shield without the sticky residue. You can also layer it in with a leave-in conditioner before styling.

4. Apply weightless oil for the win

Mark my words, hair oil is the biggest gift your head will receive this holiday season. Protective, shiny and undetectable, it’s like a liquid bandage for your hair. My go-to is Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil.  Even though the formula contains a rich blend of 6 oils, the mixture surprisingly vanishes into my strands for feather-light silkiness without feeling greasy. Simply work a small amount through damp hair before blow-drying to instantly seal the cuticle (outermost part of the hair shaft) and moisturize while you style. My favorite part about hair oil? It can help cut down on heat exposure. If your locks look frizzy, apply sparingly on your mid-shaft and ends to smooth, repair dryness and impart shine without having to re-straighten.

5. Massage in some dry shampoo

Dry shampoo can save you hours of styling by extending the life of your blowout with minimal heat exposure. A couple spritzes effortlessly soak up oil for hair that feels as clean as it does on shampoo day. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk is my holy grail—it completely revives my blowout so I don’t have to constantly wash and restyle. My hair not only feels cleansed, but also looks shinier and more voluminous without any chalky build up. To give pre-styled hair new life without heat application, add dry shampoo to your roots and gently massage it into the mid hair shaft for added volume. Seal your ends with a touch of oil for healthy hair that keeps on giving this holiday.