There are so many benefits to letting your hair dry naturally. It protects your hair from heat damage, saves you money on products and your electric bill, and it can save you a lot of time when you’re getting ready. The natural look is trendy, effortless and chic. From the wavy lobs to the long beach waves, the natural texture looks easy to achieve but if you’ve tried it yourself you may have found that your natural texture is uncontrollable and frizzy.
Air-drying doesn’t necessarily mean “wash and go”. In this article we are going to give you some tips that will help you get the most out of your air dry so that you don’t end up with a messy unkempt hairstyle for the day. Let’s get started.
Don’t Skip Conditioner
Our hair is constantly subject to damage, from heat damage to weather damage. Just like our skin, we have to keep it hydrated. It’s important to nourish your hair with deep conditioning masks to keep it healthy, bouncy and hydrated. The first step to perfectly air-dried hair is using a conditioner that will encourage naturally silky waves. Opt for leave-in conditioners or 3-minute deep conditioners that have aloe, sea kelp or Jojoba in the ingredient list.
Remove Excess Water
Before you get out of the shower, make sure that you ring your hair out and get as much water out as possible. Once you’re out, press dry your hair with a microfiber towel or an old t-shirt. These soak up water the quickest and they do not damage your hair like many bathroom towels can. Avoid wrapping your hair up in a turban with a regular towel too, this can tug on your weakened roots and cause breakage.
You should never use a brush on your wet hair unless it’s a ‘wet hair’ specific brush. Opt for a wide-tooth comb to brush through your wet tangles. Start with small sections and work from your ends to the roots.
Use a Bun
If you have puffy/frizzy hair then tends to grow outward rather than downward in calm waves, twist your hair into a loose bun and leave it in for 10-20 minutes and let it air dry. Take it out and let it continue to air dry. This should help contain the frizz.
It’s good to give your natural air-dried hair a little help from some not-so-natural products. Opt for a mousse, sea salt spray or leave in conditioner to help create soft and controlled waves that will hold through the day.
Want some Extra Polishing?
This might sound silly but if you want to give your air-dried hair a little more of a refined look, then grab your flat iron and seal the ends with the lowest heat setting.