I know what you're probably thinking. Tips for air-drying your locks might seem like pointless advice to give. "Wash, towel off, and wait. Right, Bella?" Yes, it's all true. However, there are a few guidelines you can follow so that your hair dries a lot faster without frizzy or limp results, making air-drying all the more appealing.
If you're like me, perhaps you don't always have the time to blow-dry, or maybe you're concerned about heat damage. It could also be that you're just a naturalist at heart. Whatever the reason(s), as promised in my earlier post on applying products with ease, check out some tips for air-drying success when you read more.
- Towel off: Save time by using an ultra-absorbent towel to remove excess moisture. Try Sephora's Microfiber Hair Towel ($20).
- Comb it out: Since wet hair is fragile hair, protect your tresses from breakage by using a wide-toothed comb to gently detangle. Then, apply a serum to tame frizz if needed. Paul Mitchell's Super Skinny Serum ($25), for instance, is formulated to help speed up drying.
- Product time: To prevent a crunchy, "wet-hair" look, a light gel or airy mousse can help provide body and movement without weighing the hair down. For wavy or curly hair, a curling cream or medium-hold gel can lend structure with soft hold. Tip: Because your hair will be damp when you apply product, you might find you will actually use more. Again, just remember that you can always add on, but it's harder to take away.
- Fluff it up: In lieu of using heat to create your style, your hands will act as your tool. With your fingertips, fluff and lift hair at the roots to speed up drying time. Flip your hair upside down and tousle every so often to encourage air flow. To enhance volume, consider parting your hair on the opposite side, combing it back over once your hair has dried completely. For those with curly locks, use your fingers to twist individual curl strands into place.
- Enhance your texture: For subtle waves, there are lots of options. Braiding, sponge or rag rolling, a twisted bun, or strategically-placed pin curls are just a few ways you can enhance your hair's texture in a natural way.
- Keep in mind: Straight or fine hair tends to dry faster, while thick or curly hair often takes a little longer. Even the type of shampoo and conditioner you use, along with the weather, play a role. But for a soft, shiny mane and a freed up schedule, I think you'll be satisfied with your no-electricity results.