Although air drying is better for your hair, it doesn’t always look great. Air dried hair can actually look amazing if you do it right. But if you’re hair usually ends up looking like frizzy, confused mop, chances are you’re doing it wrong.
Here are some of the biggest mistakes you’re probably making when air drying your hair.
Not using product
Hair care products are essential for the sleekest air-dried look possible. If you have dry hair, a leave-in conditioner with moisturizing properties is a must. If your hair tends to fall flat, a volumizing spray can help. Argan oil is also a great product to use to tone down frizz and keep your hair soft and shiny. The use of sea-salt-based products is also recommended for air drying your hair in beachy waves.
Not styling your hair
Air drying your hair sounds effortless. You hop out of the shower, towel dry your hair and let Mother Nature do its thing. What most people fail to realize is that there is more to air drying than just allowing your hair to dry on its own. In fact, beautiful air-dried hair takes a little effort. If you leave your hair to dry as is, it may turn into a tangled bird’s nest.
To achieve your desired look, you need to style your hair before leaving the house. Pull your hair up in a bun or braid it to create loose waves. Then, release and shake your hair out when it’s completely dry. To keep your hair sleek and straight, detangle with a wide toothed comb and then finish off with a leave-in conditioner.
Rubbing hair with a towel
Most people would reach for their towel after getting out of their shower and rub their hair with it. But regular towels are bad for your hair. This will rough up your strands, leaving you with a head full of frizz. Since hair is at its weakest when it’s wet, squeezing and pulling on your strands may also lead to breakage.
Rather than rubbing your hair with a towel, gently squeeze your hair using your hands to get rid of excess water. Then, pat and squeeze with a cotton shirt or a microfiber towel. Microfiber towels are super absorbent. They’ll absorb as much water as possible without creating frizz.