Between curling irons, blow drying, and dry styling, we put our strands through an awful lot. Sometimes our strands need a little break, and the drying process is the most natural place to start. But when it comes to air drying, heat-free doesn’t necessarily mean hassle-free. While the no-fuss air-dry method might be better for your mane in the long run, it’s also a bit more involved than the simple name might suggest. Common mistakes can result in frizz, tangles, and sometimes even breakage. Yikes. Want to nail the perfect air-dry? Here are six common air-drying mistakes to avoid at all costs!
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1. Sleeping With Wet Hair
We’ve covered this one at length. The bottom line: sleeping with your hair wet is bad. Don’t do it. Your hair is in its most fragile state when wet. At night, we toss and turn, and our hair takes the brunt of all that movement. Sleeping with wet hair can lead to breakage, loss of elasticity, and an uneven dry. So, not ideal. Allow your hair to fully dry before hitting the hay to preserve its health and overall shape.
2. Using a Towel Incorrectly
After you wash your hair, you should towel dry it lightly to remove excess liquid. But be careful. While scrubbing and rubbing your strands might seem like the quickest way to remove water, it’s also one of the major causes of mechanical hair breakage. Simply squeeze your strands with a towel to remove water before air drying instead.
3. Not Using a Styling Product
Letting your mane dry as is might get the job done, but it won’t necessarily get you the results you’re looking for. In order to get that close-to-a-blow-out air-dry aesthetic, you’ll need to use a little bit of styling product. Your favorite frizz-fighting serum, curl cream, or blow-dry heat protectant can get the job done just fine. But if you want a more tailored product experience, Ouai’s Air Dry Foam or Odele’s coveted Air Dry Styler are excellent selections to help you prevent common air drying mistakes.
4. Excessive Combing or Overstyling
Once you’ve towel-dried and applied product, make sure you let your strands be for a little while. Excessive combing or playing with your hair can cause those fragile wet strands to break. Overstyling can have the same effect. If you’re braiding or bun-ing your mane while it dries, make sure you leave your locks a little loose to avoid the harsh effects of mechanical styling and allow your hair to fully dry.
5. Not Styling at All
On the other hand, some styling might be necessary. Allowing your hair to simply hang down and dry as is can result in flat-looking locks. In order to get a little volume and body, try twisting your hair into a loose bun or braid when partially dry. Once fully dry, simply release your tresses and finger comb them through to preserve that natural movement and shape.
6. Not Parting Your Hair
Nothing is more annoying than trying to re-part already dry hair. If your natural part differs from the part you normally wear, be sure to part your hair with a fine-tooth comb before it dries. This will avoid any awkward cowlicks that could arise from trying to re-style after the fact.
Now factor hair type into the equation. Find out how to best air dry your hair type HERE!