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Summer is here and the last thing you need is more heat on your hair. Skip the blow dryer in the morning and go au natural (or, you know, more natural, anyway) by letting your hair air dry instead. The geniuses over at Refinery 29 put together an awesome guide to air drying your hair no matter what hair type you have. Here are some of our favorite tips or check out Refinery 29’s guide for more detailed hair care advice.
R29’s expert source, celebrity hairstylist Michael Dueñas, says the number one key to successfully air drying your hair while still looking amazing is to condition, condition, condition.
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“Frizz is your hair’s way of trying to get more moisture,” Dueñas explained. Here are Dueñas’ tips for different hair types:
Want beachy waves for fine hair? While your hair is still wet, apply a smoothing cream and brush thoroughly. Then, put your hair in a high bun or pin curls so that it will have a nice wave when it dries.
If you have naturally thick hair, get as much water out as possible with your towel (blot, blot, blot) and then add some oil, which helps force water out and dry your hair faster.
Use extra conditioner while showering, running it through the underside of your hair from root to tip. Then squeeze out the extra moisture and style when dry. Or, if you’re on the go, use a leave-in cream and put your hair in a bun until it dries.
First apply leave-in conditioner while your hair is damp. Next, divide your hair into 1-inch sections and split each section in half and twist them around each other—let them dry completely. It can take a long time (days, if you have really thick hair), so pin the twists into a bun or knots or use a fun head wrap if you need to style the look before its dry.
You’re going to want to add texture to your short locks, so add a texture spray or medium-hold styling cream to your hair while it’s still damp. Once the product is combed through your hair, style it the way you like it and air dry. Voila.
If you’re looking for more air dry inspo, check out these great YouTube tutorials.
For no-heat waves:
To reduce frizz on textured hair:
More options for natural hair: