If you’re constantly checking out stylish it-girls like the Olsen twins, you’ll quickly see that they tend to leave the house wearing wet hair. Turns out envy-inducing locks can be achieved sans blow-dryer. Of course there is more to air-drying your hair than just siting around waiting for it to dry. While you could just wash, towel off, and wait, there are tips and tricks to making your hair dry faster and without all that nasty frizz or limpness; if you know what to do you can even encourage texture, wave and curl. Click through to style notes for tips on air-drying your hair successfully––it’s quite the science. –– Michelle Rotbart
The first step to every great style starts with a shower, especially for air-drying. The right conditioner is the most important step to achieving beautifully air dried hair because conditioners add softness, shine and malleability. Consult with your stylist on what the best conditioner is for your hair type. We really love gentle conditioner, it’s sulfate and sodium-chloride free and adds luster and shine to hair.
One you’re ready to dry your hair, you’ll want to gently remove as much moisture from your locks as possible. To do this, use a soft old t-shirt or paper towels to absorb the water from your hair. Do not rub your hair with a towel, it can roughen up the cuticle and turn your hair into a frizzy mess.
After removing excess moisture, use a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle hair. You can use a helping of cream whip to help make hair easier to comb and style. Remember, start detangling from your ends and work your way up.
Choose Your Products
Before you reach for your products, decide on what look you want to achieve. If you want a smooth finish, use products like frizz control and shine luxe oil to leave hair soft and touchable while controlling frizz. For a textured finish, use styling whip or curl enhancer. Try not to use anything too heavy, you want your hair to look effortless and modern.
After product is applied and hair is air-drying use your hands to create an artisan style. Lift hair off the roots to encourage natural body and bounce; cup and scrunch from the underneath up to create loose waves; or use fingers to wrap hair into tight twists, leave the twists to dry and shake out to create soft curls.
Special Thanks to Michelle Rotbart for this post. Michelle is a professional trend forecaster for the NYC-based fashion and retail forecaster, Doneger Group