It is a universally acknowledged fact that your hair will look its best walking out of the salon. Having nourishing treatments, a fresh cut and an expert stylist means hair is simultaneously bouncy, sleek and shiny. The rest of the time? No. I suppose my hair would look better if I had the time or inclination to blow-dry it and style it… For me, the good old fashioned air-dry is the way to go. The thought of using a hairdryer in the current sticky heat also makes me want to shave my head. There are a few crucial steps to avoid my hair looking Hagrid, so I’m sharing some of my Tips For Air-Drying Hair.
I use either a special microfibre towel to speed up drying or an old t-shirt to do the majority of hair-drying sans heat. An old top would be my top pick because the fabric is generally so gentle that it minimises any damage… Being gentle is definitely key to avoid unnecessary frizz. When my hair is damp I sometimes plait it for mermaid waves that you can brush out with your fingers.
The only time I brush my hair? Right before I wash it, to get rid of tangles. If I brush it when it’s dry, it explodes into a ball of frizz. If I brush it when it’s damp, it gets frizzy and I’m scared I’m going to damage it (hair is stretchier when wet). Just like with the easy messy bun, a lack of brushing is probably key here. I use a comb if I want to redefine my parting, and then I tend to leave things alone. The more you fiddle, the more you fight your natural hair pattern. Keeping things tied back means frizz is minimised, too.
Love A Leave-In
Finding the right leave-in product for your hair type has got to be crucial. For me, my hair is wavy, bordering on curly so I always use a curl-cream. I love the Redken curvaceous ringlet cream, mixed in with a little oil. A product that isn’t heat-activated means it works best with your hair in its natural state. There’s the Bumble & Bumble don’t blow it and the Ouai air dry foam. Whatever you use, find something that suits your hair’s natural texture for optimum bounciness.