If you’re like most women, the less ‘work’ you have to do with your hair the better. Let’s face it getting ready, doing your hair, getting dressed, etc. can all be incredibly exhausting and sometimes we just want to be able to sit back and let it air dry. Drying your hair can be a whole task in itself, and if we can air dry in a way that’s functional (i.e. not resulting in frizzy hair) it’s a great thing! If you’ve tried letting your hair air dry but always end up with it looking a bit of a mess – we’re dishing on some of our favorite tips for air drying hair functionally.
Use a Comb
Experts have said that when our hair is wet it’s in a more vulnerable state, meaning it can become damaged fairly easily. This means it’s important not to use a brush when your hair is wet, but instead use a wide-toothed comb to get any tangles out of your hair. It’s still really important that you’re gentle when using the comb, avoid just ripping through your hair and any tangles. Doing so can cause a lot of breakage and even cause you to frizz as your hair dries.
Be Cautious of Your Towel
The towel you use to dry your hair can have a huge impact on how your hair actually dries. Some towels that are too rough won’t absorb enough water and can also cause breakage in your hair. Instead, look for using towels that are microfiber and absorb water really well. Typically traditional cotton towels don’t absorb water as well as a microfiber option, and aren’t as gentle on the hair. Remember your hair is in a more vulnerable state when wet so the towel used is really crucial.
Use Your Hands
Since your hair needs to be treated gently, and you’re avoiding using heated styling tools and brushes your hands are going to be the best tools you have when air drying. Using your fingers at the roots to kind of ‘fluff’ your hair a bit is a great way to get a little volume if you want. If you have curly hair, you’re likely prone to frizz so instead of combing through your hair too much use your fingers to twist the curls as your hair dries to enhance the natural curls in your hair. It will help your hair dry in a natural, curly way and also help you eliminate frizz from appearing.
Use Products Lightly
Air drying doesn’t mean you can get out of using hair care products altogether, you’ll still need to apply some product to your hair but make sure you’re light-handed about it. When our hair is wet we have a tendency of over applying product, start with a little and you can always add more as you feel like you need to.
In addition, make sure you’re considering your hair type when air drying and focusing on what your hair needs. What do you find works for you to eliminate frizz while air drying?