Fitness: Blow-dry Damage Prevention

Q: I blow-dry my hair in the morning and again after my lunchtime workout. Am I frying my strands?

A: You could be. To prevent damage, apply a heat protectant, such as Sally Hershberger Hyper Hydration Soft Touch Shaping Cream ($12.50, Ulta stores), on damp hair. Then use a ceramic blow-dryer that has ionic technology; it will help reduce your drying time, says Jet Rhys, owner of eponymous hair salons in San Diego. Try the Infiniti by Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Ionix Hair Styler ($36.99 Target stores).