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Most days, we’re faced with two options: Either let our locks air-dry (just a few hours, NBD) or try to speed up the process with heat, which often results in some sort of fluffy poodle status (not to mention long-term damage). So it all comes down to products: You want to use the right ones to ensure you don't end up a frizzy, dried-out ball of tangles. Here, the best five products for blow-drying curly hair.

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Target

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

This leave-in styling cream with coconut and hibiscus not only smells downright delicious, but it also smooths split ends and tames flyaways while protecting thick curls against breakage during blow-drying.

Shea Moisture ($12)

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Sephora

Aquis Microfiber Hair Towel

PSA: Stop using your normal bath towel to dry your delicate ringlets. Instead, swap terry cloth for ultra-gentle microfiber to wick away excess moisture by scrunching your wet curls. The soft material also keeps frizz at bay and feels pretty damn luxurious wrapped around your head after the shower.

Aquis ($30)

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Naturally Curly

Curl Girl Unwind Thermal Protector & Detangling Mist

This tea-tree oil and pumpkin-seed mist works double-duty as both a detangler and thermal protectant. Use when your curls start to snap the teeth off your wide-tooth comb (read: all the time) and apply before pulling out the heat tools. In both scenarios, it will protect your tresses from breakage and frizz.

Curl Girl ($10) 

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Sephora

DevaCurl DEVAFUSER Universal Diffuser For All Curl Kind

This wacky-looking diffuser is specifically catered to curly-haired girls and fits most hair-dryers on the market. The tiny vented fingers help to maintain your natural curl pattern while controlling air flow and adding volume and bounce. Or you could just give yourself a nice little scalp massage after a long day. Either one. 

DevaCurl ($50)

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Sephora

Moroccanoil Treatment

The last step: Once your curls are dry, finish with a hair oil to add shine and lock in moisture on dry ends. Bonus: It smells heavenly so it basically doubles as a perfume for your hair.

Moroccanoil ($34)

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