Who doesn’t love luscious locks after a shower? We put our hair through a lot of damage in order to achieve that perfect blowout. From curling tongs and straightening irons to blow dryers, heat seems to be key when giving us those desired tresses. However, there is another option that lies amongst these ‘hot’ ones which is often ignored and that is air drying.
Air drying is probably the most natural way through which you can style your hair – it doesn’t require intensive heat and most importantly, it doesn’t take up massive chunks of your time. But, it’s not as easy as you think. You can’t just throw in a towel dry, scrunch it up, and think that you’ve combed the entire frizz out of your hair. If you are doing it, then you must do it right and here’s how.
1. Ditch your regular hair towel and swap it for a microfibre cloth – the fibres present in it are far more absorbent and will not pull on your wet and weak follicles. When wiping, make sure you pat it down rather than rub your hair as this prevents it from frizzing up. Always flip your hair over when patting it dry initially – this provides extra volume to the hair.
2. When your hair is around 50% dry use a wide-tooth comb instead of a paddle brush to detangle any knots. Once again, this avoids frizz, prevents further hair knots from forming, and also prevents breakage.
3. Product. Product. Product. Use a leave-in conditioner that tames your mane, before it completely dries. Start at the ends and then move towards your roots. Try and stick to only one or two pumps of the product. Anymore, and your hair will feel heavy and limp the moment it dries.
4. If you’ve got wavy hair and want to set those beach-esque waves, then use a texturising salt spray and scrunch the ends of your hair. You can also twist and bun it up for more defined waves.
5. Whatever you do, do not touch your hair a lot, especially when it’s drying. Yes, it is tempting but this will only encourage and anger the frizz even more.