How to air dry your hair without all the frizz, learn from my mistakes!
We see models have wet hair and it looks amazing. Beachy waves; shiny slick hair; it just always looks perfect. But how do we achieve that look at home? Yesterday, I tried air-drying my hair without any intervention and it ended up with the photo above. Hair having no shape, no defined curls, just a wave and a curl here and there along with some straight/frizzy hair. If that’s not combination hair I don’t know what is! Be kind to your tresses! We straighten/curl/style them so often, but hardly give them any love. Hair needs TLC too! But how? Without looking like you’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed.
Straight Hair: To stop straight hair from drying completely flat like a pancake, volumising products are your new best friend. When your hair’s still damp, apply a volumising mousse and brush through until smooth. The ‘Joico Joiwhip Firm Hold Foam’ is great for this! Then plait your hair into two loose braids, and clip them up into twists until dry. So you get that space bun effect. Plating hair creates tension which helps to dry the hair smooth, whilst twisting the braids around each other will stop your hair from puffing as it dries. When you unravel, you’ll be left with loose undone effortless waves!
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Curly Hair: Bouncy, defined curls with none and I mean NONE of the frizz, might sound like a distant memory. But let’s bring it back! After shampooing, rake a hydrating conditioner like ‘OGX Quenching Coconut Curls Conditioner’ though your hair from root to tip with a wide tooth comb or use your fingers to comb though. Rinse, then squeeze out any excess moisture before applying a leave-in cream to damp hair, making sure all of your hair is evenly coated. Style your hair into a high bun for the day. When you take it out, you’ll have smooth, defined curls!
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Wavy Hair: Whatever you do, don’t brush your hair when it’s wet – it’s a surefire way to ruin that tousled look and will only result in a beehive of flyaways. And I assume that’s not the look many of us are going for! Instead, follow this simple trick and avoid touching it until it’s dry. For the perfect soft waves, start by applying a bit of oil to the ends of your hair while damp. I love the ‘OGX Renewing + Argan Oil Of Morocco Penetrating Oil’. Then tuck your hair behind you ears and clip it back using a metal hairpin to exaggerate the bend and leave to dry. It’s trick professional stylists backstage do all the time. Wavy perfection here we come!
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Afro Hair: While it may feel counter-intuitive, coarse hair actually needs a product that will way it down a little. So prep your hair by applying a small amount of ‘Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner’ to the lengths of your hair and leaving it in without rinsing. Then divide your hair into eight even sections, split each section in half and twist the two halves around each other. Let it air dry without touching it. When you hair is completely dry, loosen it up with your fingers. This will give the hair more movement and make it much more manageable.
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After trialling my hair to see how it would air dry without any input at all, I definitely shall be following these tips! I already braid my hair and apply oil to it beforehand but I thought, just leaving my hair out to air dry, I’ll achieve the Victoria Secret waves. I was very wrong!
Do these tips help? Do you air dry your hair? What’s your natural hair like if you air dry? What’s your favourite heat tool you’d find it hard to live without? Comment below!
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