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The Ultimate Air Dry Guide for Every Type of Hair

With record heat creeping in, our hot tool collection is looking less and less attractive. The last place you want to be when it’s hot and humid out is under a dryer or iron, absorbing all of that heat into your hair. Instead, give your mane a break by allowing your hair to air dry.

A little hesitant on getting started? It’s not as intimidating as it sounds, we promise. All you need is a good product and a plan. We even reached out to R+Co Collective Member Kylee Heath for her advice on how to style every hair type (including her own) and create a great air dry style. Keep scrolling for all the deets!

Wavy Hair

Kylee gets to work on her own waves. Her first step is to apply a quarter size amount of R+Co’s Cool Wind pH Perfect Air-Dry Crème to clean, damp hair and massage the product from roots to the ends. She then combs the product through hair, making sure to detangle any knots. Step three is to scrunch hair up towards the root and then towel-dry hair for 20-30 minutes to absorb excess water. Following this, she twists varying sections of hair away from the face and continues until full head is complete. An optional step six is to tie back the twists into a bun to emphasize curl structure. Finally, she lets the twists unravel throughout the day, and finger-combs through the hair.

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4C Texture

If you have 4c textured hair, Kylee recommends a great way to air-dry using R+Co’s Cool Wind pH Perfect Air-Dry Crème. When your hair is right out of the shower, detangle and then apply Cool Wind to one half of the hair, and then to the other half. Then apply R+Co’s Bleu Optical Illusion Smoothing Oil. Run your fingers through the hair. Create a center part and pull one side into a low ponytail. Twist the ponytail tightly, all the way until it wraps into a low bun and secure with a scrunchie. Repeat on the other side. If your hair needs a little more of a stretch, you can break the hair into three or four sections (buns). This will create more stretch.

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Straight Hair

Though it may seem like straight hair is the easiest to air dry, you don’t want it to fall flat. If you have straight hair, Kylee has a plan for you that doesn’t involve the blowdryer. First, apply Cool Wind to brushed out, wet hair from mid-shaft through ends. If you want some texture, twist your hair and scrunch it until it is about 50% dry. Then, section away the top section. Then, section the rest into two low braids and secures with an elastic. Next, braid the top section going back (lining up with your part from the two braids). Once the hair is dry, apply a texture spray like Zig Zag Root Teasing + Texture Spray or Dreamhouse Cold Pressed Watermelon Wave Spray.

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