If all you want is for your hair to dry without using a hair dryer, just get out of the shower and wait for the air to do its thing. Many even consider air-drying a good “break” for their hair between blow-drying. However, how long it takes for your hair to dry, how your hair will look when dry, and even the benefits of not heat treating your hair can all vary greatly depending on how you dry your hair.

Textured, wavy, and curly hair is often best suited to an air-dry technique. Although these types of hair require more hair products than straight hair for successful air-drying. Air drying is best if you live in warmer climates and your hair isn’t low porosity. Regardless of hair type, there are steps you can take to air-dry successfully. Keep reading to find out how.

01 – Start with perfectly cleansed hair.

To achieve a perfect brushing, it is essential to start with clean and dry hair. Otherwise, you’ll just be struggling with oil and dirt. This can weigh down your hair and make it difficult to style. If your hair is oily, start by cleansing it with a clarifying shampoo to remove residue. Once your hair is clean, let it air dry until it is only slightly damp. This will help minimize frizz and make it easier to achieve a smooth, sleek finish. Finally, when you’re ready to start styling your hair, be sure to use a heat protectant spray to prevent damage from hot tools. With these simple tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to achieving salon-worthy results at home.

02 – Condition, condition, condition.

Regardless of your hair type or texture, hydration is key to successful air drying. (although this is especially true for curly hair). The first step in preparing for an air-dry is to make sure your hair has been properly conditioned. The lack of heat on your hair can often let frizz run wild. So, applying a conditioner before the drying process and using a leave-in conditioner, helps lock in the moisture your hair lacks.

Start by using a moisturizing conditioner in the shower. Then, apply a leave-in moisturizer to wet hair. Straight or wavy hair runs the risk of falling flat when air drying, as this fine, straight hair is often weighed down by water. Use less product with these hair types and try to avoid applying it to the roots.

03 – Only brush or comb when your hair is wet.

Many people think it’s best to brush or comb their hair when it’s dry to avoid damaging it. However, brushing or combing wet hair is actually the best way to style it and avoid damage. When your hair is wet, it is much more likely to break. Combing or brushing wet hair helps distribute your scalp’s natural oils throughout your strands. Which can help protect your hair from damage. Also, by following this practice, you are much less likely to cause tangles or split ends.

04 – Apply the right styling products.

People with curly hair are used to applying styling products to wet or damp hair. The right type of styling product for air-drying varies depending on your hair type, as many curly hair products are interchangeable with either air-drying or diffusing. For curly hair, you’ll probably need a leave-in moisturizer. Followed by a gel, cream or mousse. For straight hair, it’s important not to weigh it down with product.

05 – Only use a microfiber towel.

Using a microfiber towel will help reduce air-drying time without causing frizz. Traditional cotton towels can create more friction and are more disruptive to hair.

Be sure to squeeze out any excess water that may drip from the hair with a microfiber towel. This shortens the air drying time. Scrunching with a microfiber towel should be the last step for people with curly hair. While those with wavy or straight hair can do this before applying the product.

06 – Do not go to bed with wet hair.

After working hard to achieve perfect air drying. The last thing you want to do is go to bed with your hair still damp or wet. Even if you sleep on a silk pillowcase to reduce friction. You risk getting bumps or creases in your hair by sleeping in it before it’s completely dry. Also, any movement you make while sleeping will cause frizz. If you plan to wash your hair at night, be sure to allow enough time for your hair to air dry completely.

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