How to Air Dry Your Hair Like a Pro

Ask anyone who’s a slave to heat styling tools: It is downright brutal trying to blow dry hair when it’s hot outside. The end result usually isn’t as appealing as it would otherwise be, either—you usually have to grapple with an inordinate amount of frizz and poof thanks to the unbearable humidity. One way to avoid this problem is to simply go natural and air dry your mane. While it’s not the norm for everyone, it’s a great habit to adopt—not only can it prevent unsightly frizz, but it’s also better for your hair’s long-term health. Here, our tips for air drying like a pro!

Consider your towel:
First, be sure to extract as much water from your damp hair as possible. Pat it gently—don’t rub roughly the way you may guiltily do on occasion, or you’ll create stubborn frizz right off the bat—and do so while it’s still very wet. This will shorten your air-drying time. If you don’t have a soft, microfiber towel, try a cotton T-shirt, instead.

Comb it out:
Many make the mistake of using a basic hairbrush to detangle wet strands. The problem there is that it harshly tugs on your hair and causes breakage. Use a wide-tooth comb or aWet Brush ($7.99) to gently yet effectively loosen tangles. The brush is specially designed to manage wet hair without causing damage, and it promotes healthier hair so that, over time, you’ll notice fewer split ends and far less breakage.

Curly hair:
Is your hair curly—in other words, a bit hard to manage even on the best of days? You absolutely need some substantial product to successfully air dry your hair. Try TIGI Curlesque Strong Mousse ($14.99) to help maintain control of wild curls. Simply apply it to your wet hair beginning at the ends and rake your fingers upward slowly. Scrunch gently with a cupped hand for best results.

Kinky hair:
A smoothing product is key to successfully air drying kinky hair without a lot of fuss. Minimize the possibility of unruliness by applying Joico JoiLotion Sculpting Lotion ($12.99), a light yet highly effective product that applies a medium-strength hold to your hair for a summer-friendly finish that won’t weigh down your locks. The alcohol-free formula won’t dry out your hair—instead, it boosts shine and allows your strands to dry smoothly.

Straight hair:
Straight hair may dry, fine, and limp, so it’s important to apply a product that helps boost volume and create body. TIGI S Factor Body Booster Plumping Spray($13.29) leaves behind soft strands, yet still, amplifies hair at the root. For best results, dunk your head and apply to the roots, then use your fingers to gently lift strands. (Bonus: You can apply it when your hair dries for a little extra boost, too!)

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