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You're Doing It Wrong: Air-Drying Your Hair

August 3, 2015 by Rachel Gulmi
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Up until six months ago, I used a blow dryer (well, diffuser) on my hair every single night. Why? Since the 8th grade I got regular perms, so diffusing my hair was the best way to bring out the curl and volume. My natural hair is straight, pretty fine and has zero volume. Nearly ten years later, I’m giving up on perms (although I miss my curls) and embracing my natural hair. This led me to the world of air-drying and I have to say, not only is it super convenient but my hair doesn’t feel dry/brittle from constantly using heat.

Even though it sounds like a somewhat straightforward process, there are little tips and tricks to get the most out of air-drying your hair. For instance, you should always use a wide-tooth comb because it will detangle your hair without ruining your hair’s natural texture. Vogue spoke to celebrity hairstylist George Northwood on the best way to air-dry hair for the summer. Here’s what he had to say.

The first step is to always towel-dry your hair. He says, “Really try to get most of the water out – that way it should be dry by the time you get to work, plus it adds more body. Rigorous towel-drying tends to make the hair a bit knotty, so lightly comb it through once if necessary, but then don’t use a comb again after that – you’re trying to work with the natural texture.”

He then suggests using a little bit of product, like a wave or curl cream, so you can play up your hair’s natural wave. Don’t worry if your hair isn’t naturally curly, you should still use a curl/wave cream because “these are products designed for air-drying, whereas a lot of styling products are heat-activated.” Northwood recommends using Bumble and bumble Don’t Blow It because it’s designed specifically for air-drying and it’s perfect for all hair types.

Finally, after working some product into towel-dried hair, leave your hair alone. Northwood says, “Just part it where you want and then leave it. The more you play around with the hair after that, the more you’ll ruin it.” However, once your hair is dry you can scrunch it a little or add some more product.

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