Air-drying is so darn alluring. All you need to do is towel off, walk out the door, and let Mother Nature do its thing, right? Well, not so much. Heat-free might be easy, but it doesn’t always look so great. In fact, without the right prep, it usually ends up looking limp, frizzy, or plain old blah. To unleash your hair’s natural bounce and glory, follow these air-drying best practices.
Not all towels are created equal
As it turns out, the fibers in most bath towels can leave hair frizzy after all that rubbing and twisting to get rid of excess water. Even worse, the weight of a towel turban can pull on your roots, which tends to promote breakage. To cut down on drying time without sacrificing body and bounce, use an ultra-absorbent towel to remove excess moisture.
Comb it right
For bountiful body, use a wide-tooth comb.
Tame the tangle
After removing that excess moisture from your hair, use a wide-toothed comb or one of our favorite hair tools, the Wet Brush, to get out every last tangle. Remember to start in small sections at the bottom of your hair and work your way up, which is much more gentle on the hair shaft.
Sleep on it
If you shower at night and plan on sleeping on damp hair, you've got a couple options that will bring forth beautiful hair come morning. If you're after beach waves, try braiding your hair loosely before bed. If smoother waves are your game, wrap hair in a bun on the top of your head. These tactics will also help keep hair from getting knotted in the middle of the night from tossing and turning. In the morning, just release hair and rake your fingers through to blend the sections together! Resist the urge to brush your hair with a hairbrush because that will take away from the beachy look and might cause frizz, depending on your hair type.
Once your hair is dry, resist the urge to touch it. We love a finger twirl as much as the next gal, but your hand’s natural oils can leave behind a greasy residue and weigh hair down.