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Our Followers Share Their Routines for the Perfect Air-Dried Waves

The other day on Instagram, I asked our followers how they achieve the perfect air-dried waves. And they came through. Looking for a new naturally wavy hair routine or feel like fortifying yours? Click through the gallery below to borrow a tried-and-tested routine, including product and tool suggestions, from loyal Mane Addicts themselves.


Soak with conditioner in the shower, flip your head over, detangle with a wide-tooth comb and head upside down. Rinse upside down for volume. Apply R+Co Curl Primer and Chiffon Styling Mousse. Toss hair back and forth a few times and leave alone. It’s how all French girls do it!


Coming from straight hair—wash/condition, then rub Bumble and bumble Volumizing Pomade at roots and ends. Comb OUAI Wave Spray through mid-shafts. Then make a thick French braid starting high up on the scalp, and sleep in it. Volume, texture, and tight waves for a whole day.


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I just put some L’Oréal Mousse in my hair, spray some IGK Thirsty Girl Coconut Milk Leave-In Conditioner, put some Oribe Moisturizing Cream, and some Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil at the ends. I blow dry my hair with a round brush and then I curl my hair and clip the curl up to let it cool. Then, I brush out the curls with a wide-tooth comb and spray my hair.


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Camellia oil and air drying.


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I put Kerastase Oleo Complex Oil Mist mixed with R+Co High Dive Creme in clean hair and it’s a dream. The secret is to brush your hair with your fingers while conditioning.


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Wash and towel dry, then spray Bumble and bumble Prep Primer. Use a wide-tooth comb. Run Oribe Tousled Texture Mousse from roots to ends and let air dry a bit. Next, I put Bumble and bumble Curl Defining Creme on hands and twist some hair with my fingers to make more uniform.


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Slow and low, that is the tempo. A mixture of Kevin Murphy Restore, Killer Curls Cream, and YS Park Diffuser.


Wash my hair just with shampoo, towel dry, and then I apply just a little bit of argan oil on the tips. I blow dry the front part of my hair and then divide my hair in half and then each half into three parts. I twist each of those parts and blow dry it until dry. Here’s the trick—when each curl starts to dry, I brush it to eliminate frizz and to also have a softer wave. Then I brush my hair, and fix with my flat iron the pieces of hair that are not that pretty.


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Mine is a bit different and totally natural. I use coconut milk with rosemary and lavender essential oil. I soak my hair with the potion. Leave it on for 30 minutes. I don’t use a shampoo, but a shampoo bar. Trust me, it has brought way more natural curls than any styling product. I rinse my hair with the rosemary concoction to work it up as a conditioner. Voila, my natural textured curls are lit.


Finger comb conditioner in shower, rinse, and then leave it. For my best curl, I never brush my hair once I’ve finger combed it. Towel dry by squeezing the hair, not rubbing it. I mix OUAI Finishing Creme with Eleven Miracle Treatment, and squeeze the product into the hair. Then, part and place hair where I want it to dry and be for the rest of the day. Wait till it has completely air dried, then if I need more volume, I spray sea salt or OUAI Texturizing Hair Spray only at roots and rub into scalp to add lift. If I want more body all over, I flip my head over and spray texture spray on the hair. This way I’m not touching my top layer and making it frizzy. The best tip of all is to minimize the amount you touch your hair. Be patient and wait for each step.


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I wash with Kerastase Nutritive Bain Magistral Shampoo and Fondant Magistral Rinse, mask with L’Oreal Serie Expert Intense repair, flip head over in shower, detangle with a wide-tooth comb, and rinse with cold water. Towel dry without rubbing hair, apply a few pumps of L’Oreal Mythic Oil to mid-shaft and ends, and wrap head in towel until dry (usually overnight). Flip head back and forth and lightly shake out. Finish with another pump of OUAI Hair Oil for shine and extra hydration (yes, my hair is that dry). Lastly, I wrap a few pieces around an iron to polish.


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I love Verb Sea Shampoo and Conditioner. There’s a little sea salt in the conditioner which my fine texture and loose waves love. Squeeze out excess water with a towel, then spray Unite 7seconds Detangler and Beach Day, flip hair around lightly and sashay away. Do not touch until dry.


I love the Color Wow Dream Coat for curly hair!


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