To air dry your hair is healthier and milder than using a hair dryer, but it can take some getting used to. It can be hard achieving the look you want without any kind of heat styling tools. But still, the warm season is the best to learn. Here we list the best tips for how to tame your mane without any damaging heat.
Skip the Shampoo
Some stylists say, skip the shampoo entirely. Frizzy hair is due to dried out hair being exposed to moisture in the air. Since shampoo strips the hair of oils, it can often make the problem worse. “I sometimes will just rinse my hair and apply conditioner to the ends,” said hair stylist Kylee Heath. If this seems too drastic for you, maybe use shampoo once a week, or use a cleansing conditioner.
Before You Air Dry Your Hair – Get Rid of the Water
One hair stylist’s tip to a successful air dry is to shake the water out of the hair. “It sounds a little crazy, but shaking your head up and down for a few seconds helps hair dry faster,” said stylist Amanda Dyer. Then, squeeze the water out of the hair but do not rub it. The professionals use a microfiber towel rather than a cotton one, as it will leave the hair smoother. One tip is to wash the hair in the evening so you sleep on it one night before going outside. That will make the hair calmer and decrease the risk of frizz.
Another pro tip is to not brush your hair while it is wet. Carefully get rid of tangles with your fingers instead, or use a wide-tooth comb dressed in a leave in conditioner. “Do not use a brush on damp hair! Do not wrap a towel around your head too tightly and always towel-dry gently,” said stylist Frederique Carme. Always use conditioner after washing your hair to get rid of the tangles right away.
Make sure to apply a leave in conditioner or a moisturizing hair oil after towel drying the hair. Let it soak up the moisture while it is drying. This will prevent frizz and keep the hair smooth.
Shape Damp Hair the Way You Want it to Look When it Dries
That is right – your dry hair will have the shape it has when it is drying. So to air dry your hair without it getting too unruly, make sure to shape it. Loose braids or twists are the easiest. You can also put it up in ringlets using small clips, which will lift the roots. If you want curls, use a curling mousse. If you want chill beach vibes, use a salt water spray that will give the hair texture and a matte finish.
Deep Condition Once a Week
Use a hair mask once a week to deep condition the hair. Filling your hair with moisture will make it easier to style it once it is time for that. There are a bunch of different types of masks you can easily make at home with what you have in your kitchen.
If you do use heat styling tools, go with modern ones that are milder. New hair dryers are made to be kinder to the hair. Also, make sure to use a heat protecting spray or cream, and do not heat style it too often.