How To Air Dry Your Hair... Yes, There's A Right Way

September 20, 2016 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | beauty

Air drying your hair is one of those ideas that sounds great in theory. But in practice? It’s definitely not as simple as walking out of the door. Contrary to popular belief, air drying your hair actually does require some effort. Sheenon Olson, creative director at ATMA Beauty, is here to help with the products and techniques that work best for different hair types.

Fine/thin hair. “Thin and fine hair can be treated the same,” Olson says. “I suggest using Chiffon Mousse by R+Co. This mousse is great for adding volume. I would simply add the mousse and scrunch your hair to get some texture and body into the hair. Just remember, you don’t want to use a product too heavy as it will weigh down the hair and make it look oil and dirty.” After scrunching your hair, be sure to enforce a strict no-touch policy and let Mother Nature work its magic.

Curly hair. “Curly hair is all about getting control of the curls and many times making those curls more defined,” Olson says. Olson breaks curly hair down into two categories. For curly hair that is fine, he suggests the Chiffon Mouse again or, if you want your curls to look much more defined, he suggests the Curl Gloss by Oribe. “This will dry with firm curls that can be broken up to give a much more natural look,” he says.

As for curly, thick hair: your locks can pretty much absorb everything. “The product I use the most for this is the Curl Silkening Creme by Oribe,” Olson says. “It has the perfect balance of moisture and hold.  The moisture helps keep those curls from drying out and there is enough hold to create a perfectly defined curl.”

Thick Hair. The goal of properly air drying thick hair is to tame it, Olson says. “We have two options here. The first is to go with the wet look and use a hair oil and let your natural texture play up this look,” Olson says. “For something that is a bit more refined I would cocktail two of my favorite products together: Oribe Supershine with Oribe Gel Serum. Using equal parts of both, apply to your damp hair.  The next step is to part your hair into two sections from front to back. Create two loose 3 strand braids. You will let the hair dry in these braids. The results for this look amazing–patience is the key as your hair needs to be completely dry. But then you will have great hair that evening and all the next day. The braids combined with the product keeps your hair from getting unruly and frizzy.”

Oily Hair. The main reason your hair is oily probably has a lot to do with having tight cuticles that won’t absorb a lot of product or natural oils from your scalp, Olson explains. He suggests using a quality daily shampoo and either skipping conditioner or applying it only to the mid-shafts and ends. As for which products to use when air drying–that all depends on the texture of your hair.

“For oily hair, adding product will quickly make your hair feel dirty,” Olson says. “If you have fine oily hair, I would suggest the Chiffon Mouse; if you have thick oily hair, I would go sans product and do the braid technique.  The trick with oily hair is to actually address the problem when the hair is dry. I love the Death Valley Dry Shampoo by R+Co. It absorbs the oils without making your hair feel dirty. If you want a bit more grip to your hair then Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste, also by R+Co, is completely unique and sucks up the oil while giving texture.”

For more beauty tips, check out are ponytails really bad for your hair? and 8 sleep mistakes that are ruining your skin and hair? 

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Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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