We all know that blow drying your hair can cause some serious damage to your hair so why bother?
It takes time, effort and technique, not to mention money, to use a hair dryer and not all of us want to be slaves to the styler!
For many, leaving their hair to dry naturally because they don’t have the time or hate the thought of electricity so close to their head, air-drying is the natural solution.
There are many techniques and products which can help create a naturally dried hairstyle without resulting in a frizzy mop.
So, there are many alternative ways to drying your hair quickly without resorting to the hair dryer:
Condition that hair!
Whilst washing your hair, don’t forget to condition it.
This not only helps promote healthy hair but also helps repel water.
Conditioners contain coatings which stick to your hair and help the water glide off rather than being absorbed.
Not all conditioners are the same – there are different types for each hair type.
So, if your hair is curly, smooth leave-in conditioner all over your hair. Alternatively, if you have fine hair, put oil onto your dry ends.
Make sure you remove as much moisture from your hair before you leave the shower.
Run your fingers through strands of your hair, squeezing as much water as you can, combing the water out, as much as possible.
Once out of the shower, flip your head upside down.
Shake your head around using your fingers to lift the roots to speed up the drying time. This helps it dry faster than if the strands were all stuck together.
Finally, use a towel to blot the excess water from your hair.
Do this in sections, squeezing the towel to soak up any moisture.
Try using a special towel – such as a microfibre or super absorbent instead of your usual fluffy bath one. Regular towels have a tendency to make your hair frizzy and can cause breakage.
Try not to rub water back into your hair so ensure you use different sections of your hair to dry.
Don’t rub with the towel too hard, it’s easy to damage your hair.
It’s a wrap!
Alternatively, you can wrap your hair into a turban with your towel and wait for the cloth to absorb most of the moisture.
Piling your hair on top of your head prevents gravity from messing with movement, letting your beautiful tresses take the shape they want.
Back to your roots!
Whilst you dry your hair, it’s important to concentrate on your roots rather than the ends.
Small towels are best for this.
Continuously fluff your roots by running your fingers through strands of hair – you want as much air as possible to get down into your roots for your hair to dry fast.
With use of a wide-tooth comb, start to untangle your hair.
Start at the roots with your wide-tooth comb – this helps prevent frizz and reduce damage to wet hair.
Once your hair is all combed through, use your fingers to separate the hair strands.
Keep the strands loose to promote airflow.
If you have a parting in your hair, use the comb to put this in place.
Put products on your hair once it has been combed through.
Just don’t overdo the products as they have a tendency to leave naturally dried hair stiff and obviously full of product.
Salt spray is damp hair’s best friend – spray it into damp hair and scrunch through with your fingers and then leave it to dry – a fresh from the beach look!
Apply serum or other smoothing products, if you are prone to frizzy or unruly hair, or plump up naturally fine, straight hair with a volumizing mousse or light gel.
Perhaps if you are a curly head, you could use a curl defining cream or medium-hold gel to help mould your tresses into naturally looking curls.
Once you’ve combed through your locks, blotted all excess water from your hair and loosened the ends, let the air get to your hair.
Let your hair dry naturally now.
How long this will take depends on the thickness of your hair, how much water you were able to remove, and of course, the weather.
If this takes a long time, try flipping your head upside down every-so-often, so the air can get to your roots.
Alternatively, you can keep running your fingers through your hair to help speed up the process – the warmth from your fingers act like a hair dryer!
Style your hair by using your fingertips rather than a hair dryer.
Gently lift and tousle your locks at the roots to save drying time.
For volume, make a deep side parting and flip your hair over to one side, combing it back over once the hair has caught enough air.
If your hair is wavy or curly, twist strands around your fingers, holding it for a few seconds.
Alternatively, you can plait your hair and leave it to dry naturally and then experience a headful of wonderful waves.
By removing the hair dryer from your life may give you a whole new way of styling your hair in the future!
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