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There’s always a mix of wonderment and envy when you see that girl with beautiful long locks—with no signs of frizz, of course—and not just because she’s got perfect hair but also, how does she really get the time for salon visits and constant blow-dry appointments? Maybe she’s just as mortal as you, but she just knows the right tricks to get a salon-style hairdo at home. Sounds too good to be true? Follow our blowout rules and you’ll never wonder again:

Rule #1: Upgrade your hardware. The most important tool for home blow-drying is your hair-dryer. Ensure to have one that has a high voltage somewhere close to 1800 watts. Always do your research before investing in one.

Rule #2: Use protection You are exposing your hair to a lot of heat, and if you don’t want to burn it, you need to guard it. A few drops of smoothening cream or serum, evenly massaged into semi-wet hair, should also work in a pinch.

Rule #3: Take it easy Blast-drying wet strands will just shock your strands—quite literally. So, begin on the slowest setting for a few seconds, followed by medium heat, gradually moving towards the highest speed.

Rule #4: One section at a time Sure, you want it to be quick, but a little patience is required if you demand perfection. Keep some clips handy and tie up your hair from the crown, because you want always start from the back.

Rule #5: Keep it cool Celebrity hairstylist Rod Anker shares a very interesting tip, making use of the often ignored unsung hero that is the ‘cold button’, “Use heat but don’t forget the cool air—this will set the hair. Dry it into the desired shape, and while it’s still warm, cool it down to seal the do.”

Rule #6: Keep it slick. Set your blowout with a smoothening shine serum. This will nix any flyaways.