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How to air dry relaxed hair

One of the most valuable techniques to learn while on a hair journey is: air drying but it can also be on of the most difficult to master.

As most relaxed ladies do before starting a healthy hair journey, they dry their hair using heat. For many the thought of doing it otherwise can be a little unnerving but we give it a try as we all want long, healthy hair right?

For the many who are brave and give it a try, some if not most of us fail the first time round and some many have repeated failures which leads to some of us quitting. The truth is.. Air drying is a process of trial and error. So don’t be disheartened if you dont quite get it right the first time. To help speed up your trial and error period here are a few tips on having a successful air drying session.

1. Ensure after you wash, you rinse your hair with cold water. This closes your hair cuticles and helps to prevent frizz.

2. Ensure to detangle your hair well both in the shower and outside. (Use a wide tooth comb*)

3. Do NOT use excess leave ins as this may cause your hair to form clumps. Just give your hair the correct amount it needs.

4. Try to soak up any excess water in your hair using either the T-Shirt Method or a Turbie Twist. Do NOT rub your hair but towel blot to prevent tangles.

How to air dry relaxed hair

5. For those who are not afraid of using cones… applying some hair serum lightly to coat your damp hair also helps to prevent frizz and leaves you with smooth hair.

6. Finger comb your hair as it dries for a fuller fluffier look. Your hair will also dry much faster.

7. If you want very smooth results, start with very wet detangled hair and don’t touch it as it dries. Your hair will take longer to dry but you will be left with very smooth results and your hair won’t require much styling afterwards.

7. If your in a hurry and need to get your hair dried quickly you can comb your hair down and sit under a hooded dryer* for a few minutes to speed up the process but please use a heat protectant*.

I want to wash my hair every week but I don’t know how to air dry my relaxed 4a/4b hair so it will be straight? Right now I blow dry and flat iron, I want to stop using heat as much as possible.

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felicia

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Supergirl

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–sitting under a hooded dryer for about 15 minutes with your wet hair hanging straight seems to get it off to a smooth drying start

–also, I do a 2-sided wrap with my hair and tie it up after it is about 85% dry. It is quite straight and smooth the next morning.

katie

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I am trying to learn how to do a dobbie. Do you comb or brush when you are doing one. I think that I am brushing too much of the curl out and it becomes flat. I have short ear lenght hair

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If I’m not too far post I like to let it hang down with a scarf around my edges. I apply my leave-ins when my hair is no longer dripping, and run my fingers through my hair as it dries. I pick apart small tangles that the comb didn’t catch and smooth the ends. Once it’s about 80% dry, I apply a little more oil (usually Vatika Frosting) to help smooth it. My hair airdries super silky and flowy this way.

I also love to airdry in braids because braidouts are one of my favorite styles. I apply my leave-ins, throw in a bunch of braids and let my hair airdry overnight with perm rods on the ends. As long as my hair gets a chance to dry completely before take down, I get soft and bouncy results from doing this.

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I slick down the edges while damp, put on a scarf and leave the back out let and run fingers through while drying. When 60% dry I put in my leave ins, then when 90% dry put in a little more and seal with oil or a a serum and take off the scarf and toss it in a bun.

Or rollerset
Or braid it wet and put flexirods on the ends and let completely dry.
Just depends on my mood and tolerance or how far post I am.

SuchaLady

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pre_medicalrulz your retention in your siggy is amazing! Do you have a blog I can stal. look at? or even just a reggie?

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Thanks! Sorry, no blog.
The only thing I’m currently doing for almost a year now is wearing wigs every day as a protective style. Nothing creative and no hocus pocus.

How to air dry relaxed hair

One look at any hair care forum and you will find loads of ladies who are perplexed or frustrated by air drying. This is unfortunate as air drying is one of the best methods to retain length. I will even go so far as to say that I have rarely seen a relaxed sister who frequently blowdries on a hot setting retain anything beyond shoulder length.

Natural ladies fair much better, however even they can be subject to breakage due to overstretched, dessicated tresses. Air drying allows normalization of moisture levels as the cuticle and cortex do not have all the moisturization forced out of them with hot air. Further, air drying utilizes almost no stretching or manipulation – both of which can be extremely damaging.

Air drying is a learned skill, but once you have its secrets under your belt you will never turn back. You will find that the moisture and health you gain from air drying are things you won’t want to live without! With a little knowledge, you can put the days of puffy, A-frame style air dries to rest. Here are the facts every air drying diva should know:

1. The beneficial effects of air drying are cumulative. Over time you will see increased health. Do not give up after just one try.

2. Air dry on a lazy Sunday while kicking around the house or in the evening while doing chores or watching TV. This allows sufficient time to get a great result.

3. Wear an absorbent towel or t-shirt on the hair for a few minutes post-shower (BEFORE product application) to absorb excess water.

4. Product is important. You want to moisturize and seal while the hair is still damp. A moisturizer or nutritious leave-in sealed with a light oil smooths the cuticle and adds weight and moisturization.

5. Refrain from overloading the hair with too much product. Excess gels, mousses and foams can be drying and result in a hard, brittle airdry. They can also gunk up the hair and lead to an air dry that is weighed down and lifeless.

6. Make sure the hair is fully detangled. Strands that are bunched up or crimped are going to dry matted so make sure to detangle and smooth thoroughly.

7. The first hour of the air drying process is key. This is when damp hair has the most “memory” and can be directed on what to do. At this point, you want to smooth into a cross wrap, large Bantu or bun and tie the entire head down with a silky durag or scarf to lay tresses down. Short haired ladies can simply detangle, smooth tresses and tie them down.

8. For this stage of the air dry avoid cotton scarves and dorags as they will absorb product, moisture and nutrients right out of the hair.

9. After the first hour the scarf or dorag can be removed to allow strands to dry freely.

10. Once the hair is mostly dry ends can be “trained” by rolling them onto a flexirod*, satin rollers or magnetic rollers*. This ensures smooth, healthy, bumped ends without the need for heat styling.

You can vary the method to your own liking. Below is a method used by this youtuber.

As with most hair care skills – practice makes perfect. Once you discover your magic combination of product, method and timing your strands will thank you with moist luscious health and enhanced length retention so put down the tools of torture and start air drying!

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How to air dry relaxed hair

One of the most valuable techniques to larn while on a hair journey is: air drying but it can likewise be on of the most difficult to master.

Equally most relaxed ladies do before starting a healthy hair journeying,they dry out their hair using oestrus. For many the idea of doing it otherwise can be a little unnerving only we give information technology a try every bit we all desire long, healthy hair right?

For the many who are brave and give it a try, some if not most of u.s. fail the commencement time round and some many take repeated failures which leads to some of usa quitting. The truth is.. Air drying is a procedure of trial and error. And then don’t exist disheartened if you dont quite go it correct the first time. To help speed upwards your trial and mistake period here are a few tips on having a successful air drying session.

ane. Ensure after you wash, you rinse your pilus with common cold water. This closes your pilus cuticles and helps to forbid frizz.

ii. Ensure to detangle your hair well both in the shower and outside. (Use a wide molar comb*)

three. Practise NOT use excess leave ins as this may cause your pilus to grade clumps. Just requite your pilus the correct amount it needs.

4. Attempt to soak upwards whatsoever excess h2o in your hair using either the T-Shirt Method or a Turbie Twist. Exercise Not rub your pilus simply towel blot to prevent tangles.

How to air dry relaxed hair

5. For those who are not afraid of using cones… applying some hair serum lightly to coat your damp pilus also helps to forbid frizz and leaves yous with smooth hair.

6. Finger comb your hair equally it dries for a fuller fluffier look. Your hair will also dry much faster.

7. If you want very smoothen results, get-go with very wet detangled hair and don’t touch it every bit it dries. Your hair will take longer to dry out but you will be left with very smooth results and your hair won’t crave much styling later on.

7. If your in a hurry and need to become your hair dried quickly you tin comb your hair down and sit nether a hooded dryer* for a few minutes to speed up the process just delight use a heat protectant*.

Hope you lot find these tips helpful! Happy Hair Growing!

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Born and still living in my beautiful country Jamaica, I am currently a 3rd year medical pupil with aspirations to specialize in surgery or emergency medicine. My hair journey started in the summer of 2010 and I would say it was fate that made it happen as it was only a random video I saw in my suggested videos that triggered this screw into good for you blackness hair care and since then I take never looked back.I have relaxed hair merely I am on the path to transition to texlaxed hair. I seek to evidence to loved ones and anybody I come in contact with that Black Hair Can Abound Long! Healthy hair intendance has go one of my loves and I seek to larn and teach all that I tin can. I am passionate about my crown of glory and want to inspire and ignite a fire in all women of color that our curly dos whether relaxed, texlaxed, texturized or natural is Big, Bold and Cute to lucifer our rich personalities. Then embrace let’s our hair and nurse it back to health!! You may observe me at hairlista.com username: AngelSweet or twitter: angelicdazzle

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Filed Under: RELAXED Pilus Tagged With: air dry relaxed hair, Air Drying, airdrying, big relaxed hair, dry relaxed hair, prevent frizz relaxed hair, RELAXED HAIR, relaxed hair leave in, relaxed hair styling, fashion relaxed pilus

Do you have to do this process early a.m. to ensure hair fully dries overnight? I’m trying to get away from combing/brushing but this method sounds tempting as does the pony roller set. Traditional just takes too long and tugs at my hair way too much.

May I play 50 ?’s with you for a quick moment.
– How does the flexi’s help the hair after fully drying?
– Does hair look like roller set when you take them down?
– What color flexi’s do you use?
– How do you place the flexi’s? (i.e. left/right side or front/back)

Sorry for so many ?’s

divachyk

Instagram: adaybyjay
  • Aug 13, 2010
  • #33

1) how do you dry your hair without heat?
Tshirt dry, 10mins max
Apply leave-ins
Air dry in braids

A detailed explanation of my process & results posted here (won’t pollute thread with pics)
–> http://www.longhaircareforum.com/showthread.php?t=490510

2) Is it possible to wear your hair straight or down afterward (without using straightening iron)
I rarely wear straight any more as I’m PSing 99% of the time. If I desired straight I would likely rollerset or air dry and place rollers of some kind in hair for a little bend on my ends.

3) what do you do when your hair is breaking.
I have controlled breakage by adding a tbsp of protein (aphogee 2min) in my weekly DC mixture. I aphogee 2step once every 6-8 weeks.

Lovelylocs

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  • Aug 13, 2010
  • #34

OP, is your hair also pretty dry?

I’ve found that when protein treatments and deep conditioners won’t work, it’s because I need an oil treatment. I think some oil treatments will nurse your hair back to health.

eurka007

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  • Aug 15, 2010
  • #35

i started this thread in March, and im just now seeing all the amazing answers! I air dried my hair for the first time today- and I have a question (another questions!)

How do you prevent poofy ends when you air dry? The front of my hair is straight- but not the back. Im thinking it might be because Im not as good at relaxing the back- but do you all have any ideas??

sunnieb

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mischka

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Nix08

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mikimix

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BeautifulFlower

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  • #43

1) how do you dry your hair without heat?
I do it in two high pigtail plaits, 70% dry (if I can), and with a leave-in/oil mixture.

2) Is it possible to wear your hair straight or down afterward (without using straightening iron)
I wish LOL. Even my blow-dried hair is big. But braidouts lay flat enough were its cute.

You’ll have to relax near bone or bone straight for airdry straight hair.

3) what do you do when your hair is breaking.
I DC overnight and then I do protein the next morning. I do this every 2 to 3 weeks. I DC overnight once a week though.

nmomma

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  • Jun 24, 2011
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What about steam rollers? Anyone use those on a consistent basis and notice a lot of damage? Can you air dry and use steam rollers then wrap and get semi straight results?

mezzogirl

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divachyk

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  • Aug 11, 2011
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divachyk

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  • Sep 3, 2011
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Nix08

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  • Sep 3, 2011
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@divachyk I picked it up at a store called “Ardene” do you guys have one of those?

ETA: a pic of the headband. the underside has satin.

NIN4eva

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  • Sep 3, 2011
  • #52

Here’s an update to how I airdry

– Towel dry and add my leave-ins: Redken Anti-Snap, less than a dime size of pure olive oil and Pure Shine anti frizz serum. Really saturate my dry, dry nape.

– Brush it all back with either a paddle brush or rubber shampoo brush, depending on how many weeks post relaxer I am.

– Hold my hair in a low ponytail (I’m not going to make an actual ponytail) then bring the ponytail part up so that my ends are situated as close to the top of my head as possible. I do this so that when I tie down my edges and crown with my satin scarf my ends will also be included under the scarf and will dry nice, smooth and flat.

– After my edges and ends are about 80-90% dry, I usually take the scarf off and just smooth the length with my hands until everything is dry.

– Lastly, if I want to look flat-ironed do a dry flexirods rollerset with serum and maybe a little more leave-in, put on my satin scarf and/or bonnet and sleep on it all. If I want immediate silky gratification, I use my hot rollers.

– Oh and no more satin pillowcase for me, had my face breaking out somethin’ terrible.

We had a discussion on this in January and this is what the thinking behind airdrying being bad was: Your hair doesn’t dry straight. it dries crinkly making it prone to breakage. Some people suggested that perhaps you could use a prodct that smoothes the cuticles down.

I alternate just to be on the safe side.

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Dazzlingd and honeycomb719:

What is it that you are putting in your hair? What shampoo,conditioner, moisturizer are you using?

I ask because my hair is relaxed and I’ve been airdrying for about a month now, and no breakage.

I hesitated at first because I’ve always been told that you should never air dry if your hair has been relaxed, but after hearing all the good stories on these threads, I decided to give it a try.

I either shampoo with Neutrogena’s moisturizing shampoo(very good at getting rid of build up, but leaves hair soft), or QP creme conditioning shampoo(leaves hair amazingly soft).

Condition with olive oil and ORS Mayo under plastic cap and under hooded dryer for 20-30 minutes. Rinse. Sometimes, I follow with Pantene’s smooth & sleek because I think it’s good for the dry ends.

Rinse out thoroughly!

Immediately add (while hair is still wet) a moisturizer. Lady Hilda oil moisturizer (I believe this is only found in Boston), or QP Elasta moisturizer.

Saturate my hair with S-curl and seal it with a little bit of QP Elasta mango butter moisturizer. Then it’s up in a pony-tail.

The following day, I oil my scalp with my oil mixture (castor, rosemary, jojoba, and coconut). I oil my scalp again 2-3 days later.

Every once and a while, I set my hair, but I air dry more often.

I try to wash my hair every 5 days.

Your shedding may be due to the products you are using or the comb.

What day is it? Wash day. Once again this was a simple wash day with great results. Here’s what I did.

Pre-poo

I sprayed apple cider vinegar (ACV) on my hair and scalp then applied Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner on top. I left this concoction on for about 35 minutes without heat.

Unlike last week, I opted to apply the ACV earlier in the process. My scalp has been feeling dry and was flaking in some areas. (I think this is due to the weather changes and the elements I’m exposed to from my walk to and from my office building from the parking lot.)

Cleansed

For my hair cleanser this week I used As I Am Cleansing Pudding.

Conditioned

Applied the OGX Keratin Oil Conditioner. This has become a staple for now. if it ain’t broke.

Moisturized and sealed

After rinsing out the conditioner and letting my hair air dry for an hour my hair felt so soft that I contemplated not moisturizing. Then I realized that was probably a bad idea that I would regret in the morning. Out came the Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave-In Conditioner, sunflower oil, and coconut oil.

Dried

After cringing through drying my hair with a blow dryer last wash day, I couldn’t bring myself to do it again. So I decided to air dry. Even if it meant going to bed with damp hair. Which I did. I also woke up with damp hair. Out came the blow dryer which I used on low heat. I really need to get one with cool air or a cold shot. Black Friday sales here I come.

How to air dry relaxed hairOnce you have began your hair journey in earnest as a relaxed head, no doubt you will be wondering how best to dry your hair after your wash. The two main ways you are likely to choose from are either to air dry or to roller set your hair.

Before I get into it, it’s important to clarify the results that you are likely to achieve depending on how you relax your hair. Here is an article that explains that you should not always expect a relaxer to get rid of all your kinks and coils even if you are processing for the correct amount of time.

Some of us have hair that will easily straighten after 10 minutes with a relaxer while some of us will still be left with waves even after 2o minutes. NEVER go over the recommended time even if your hair still seems underprocessed because you will end up with damaged breaking hair that cannot be repaired.

Without a doubt roller sets are the best way to get silky smooth results from relaxed hair without using too much heat but I still feel that air drying would be more beneficial in the long term care of your hair, particularly if you are a newbie. My reasons for this are threefold:

Manipulation

Expert: Once you learn to do roller sets and you are an expert at it, you should be able to install your rollers with the minimum of combing and manipulation. Once your hair gets to BSL and longer the length of your hair will make it difficult if not impossible to maintain a roller setting regimen in the long term. Air drying will probably be a better solution if you intend to maintain very long hair.

Newbie: I don’t know about you but there is something about a newbie with possibly over-processed hair, manipulating it while it’s wet to install rollers that just doesn’t sit well with me! The universal advice of ‘roller-set to straighten relaxed hair’ is flawed in this respect. Hair is weakest when it is wet and this is most obvious with over-processed relaxed hair. Air drying in my opinion is the best way forward.

Expert: You have obviously had a lot of practice so you can put in all your rollers in 30-45 minutes before you spend an hour under your high speed dryer for perfect results every time. But as your hair grows longer, you may be faced with the issue of damp roots even after two hours like Jeni from Just Grow Already. Air drying may be the best solution.

Whether you want to give your hair a much-needed break from heat-styling, or you simply don’t have anywhere to go, air-drying your hair can save you time and money.

But is air-drying your hair good or bad in the long run? If you Google this exact question, you’ll get a multitude of varying answers.

Ultimately, whether you should air dry your hair will mostly likely come down to your specific hair type.

When you air-dry your hair, you maximize the amount of time your hair retains moisture. Although this seems like something that would be good for your hair, it can actually be harmful over time.

“Air-drying works best when the hair is damp, but I strongly advise against air-drying straight from when it’s soaking wet,” says Takisha Sturdivant-Drew, a celebrity hair stylist and the founder of hair extension line TSD Hair. “The longer your hair stays wet, the more the cortex of your hair will swell and break, resulting in brittle ends and lots of flyaways.”

A 2011 study supports that assertion. It found that, though hair dried with increasing levels of heat showed surface damage, hair that was air-dried showed more damage to its cortex.

It turns out, some types of hair are more susceptible to this.

“Thick hair can absorb a lot of water and be prone to more damage, as hair is weakest when wet,” says Shaun Pulfrey, a hair stylist and the founder of Tangle Teezer. “But thin hair is less likely to absorb water, and it will be less susceptible to this damage.”

Overusing your hair dryer or other heat-styling tools can eventually damage your hair. This happens because a dryer blows intense, focused heat directly onto your hair, which causes hair to lose all moisture right away. This can lead to dehydrated strands that break more easily.

That same 2011 study above also found that the higher the heat level (which researchers simulated by shortening the distance between the hair dryer and hair), the more cracks they saw in the hair cuticle.

So, if you’re someone who relies on your trusty hair dryer every day, it may pay to give your locks a break sometimes by air-drying your hair.

Pulfrey says your best bet is a combination of air- and blow-drying. “If you have the luxury of time, leave your hair to air-dry … for about half an hour. And then blow-dry it the rest of the way on the lowest setting,” he says.

People with fine, wavy, straight, thin, curly, and dyed hair are the most likely to benefit from air-drying.

“It’s healthier for people with this hair type because [air-drying] lacks heat, and it’s not directly on the scalp,” Sturdivant-Drew says.

Conversely, if you have thick, coarse, kinky, or relaxed hair, you may want to apply a protective product to your hair before you start. This will help prevent your locks from drying out.

Air-drying your hair in a way that prevents weakened strands and provides good styling requires time and a few key techniques.

No matter your hair type, you’ll want to set yourself up for success by first washing your hair with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. This can help keep frizz at bay.

Have wavy, fine, thick, or straight hair? Try the Garnier Whole Blends Replenishing Shampoo Legendary Olive. (You can pair it with the matching conditioner.) Reviewers swear by its hair-softening results and its fresh, pleasant scent.

Folks with curly or coily hair might want to try a co-wash, like the Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Curl Cleansing Conditioner. Reviewers with all curl types love the lavender scent, and say that the co-wash helps them maintain healthy, shiny, bouncy locks.

Next, gently towel-dry your hair as best as you can. Blot softly, focusing on your roots, until your hair is still wet but not dripping or soaking anymore. Try not to roughly rub or tousle your hair.

How you finish the process will depend on your specific hair type.

If your hair is wavy

Step 1

After you shampoo and condition your hair, brush it out with a comb, such as the Tangle Teezer Original Brush, which is designed to be used on both wet and dry hair.

Step 2

Apply a mix of light gel and cream together in your palm. “Apply by patting the product from mid-length to the ends. Then, gently squeeze the product into the hair with a scrunching motion,” says Penny James, a trichologist and the founder of New York-based Penny James Salon.

Step 3

“Leave [it] alone until completely dry. Then, you can run your hands through your hair and get nice wavy, unfrizzy hair,” James adds.

If your hair is curly

Step 1

On somewhat wet hair, apply a mousse or gel, like the Keranique Thickening & Texturizing Mousse or the Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel, all over the hair.

Step 2

Carefully work the product into the hair without fluffing the hair up too much.

Step 3

“Leave [it] until dry. Then, gently twist a few sections to eliminate frizz,” James says.

If your hair is coily

Step 1

When you get out of the shower, apply a hydrating product, like the Alodia Haircare Curl Enhancing Butter Crème, all over your hair and scalp.

Step 2

“Take organized, 2-inch sections of hair, starting from the sides of [your] head, and twist the hair,” James says. “Do this all over the scalp until your hair is now stretched into a new shape.”

Step 3

“Once dry, you can gently un-twist your hair, and you will have popping curls,” James adds.

If your hair is fine

Step 1

After washing your hair, simply use a wide-tooth comb to part your hair the way you normally would. Let it sit and dry without any additional products.

Step 2

“You will need to finish with a product due to the lightness of the hair,” James notes. “Once dry, use a small amount of [a hairspray, like the] L’Oréal Advanced Hairstyle Lock it Bold Control Hairspray to hold it into place.”

If your hair is straight

Step 1

Apply a small amount of volume spray, like the Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Boost Root Lifter all over, and brush it into your hair.

Step 2

“If your hair is cut into a lob, tuck it behind your ears and let it set that way,” James says. “Once dry, you can release from behind [your] ears. It creates a nice soft face-framing wave.”

The most important thing you can do to prevent frizz is to make sure your hair is hydrated.

“Spray on a leave-in conditioner, like the Paul Mitchell Original Conditioner to prevent frizz,” Sturdivant-Drew says. “I also rub a bit of conditioner throughout the hair to protect it using a product, like TSD HAIR Flower Extract Conditioner, that will diffuse the hair [and leave] it with a beautiful shine.”

Afterward, use a detangler. This can help distribute hair masks and oils through wet hair.

Air-drying your hair can be a great way to give your locks a much-needed break from heat-styling.

However, if your hair is on the thicker and coarser side, it may be best to start with a protective product and use a blow-dryer to keep your hair from absorbing too much moisture and causing breakage.

Mellanie Perez is an editor on the wellness team at Healthline. When not covering all things health, beauty, and wellness, she can be found making pizzas from scratch, trying a new workout routine, reading fiction novels, discovering new songs on Spotify, and traveling the world. A native of Puerto Rico, she sashays through life, humming salsa songs under her breath and battling the most incessant need to stand up and twirl.

How to air dry relaxed hair

Relaxed yet polished; it’s the hairstyle our French counterparts seem to have sewn up yet often when we try the effortlessly chic look it falls flat. That’s because there’s a lot more to it than a wash-and-go, explains Nana Fischer, an A-lister hairstylist based in Paris. She credits the look to “upgraded air-drying” – a French speciality. Below she explains how to master the art of a relaxed, air-dried style with some secret tweaks for a perfect finish.

Step 1: Conditioning is key

“Condition your hair well to help seal the cuticles,” Fischer says, using a good quality conditioner for your hair type. This can be a wash-off conditioner if you have normal hair, a pre-shampoo mask or treatment to avoid weighing down fine hair, or a leave-in conditioner if your hair is thick and dry. “A key component to air-drying is to retain moisture in the hair shaft,” she explains, which is your first step in fighting frizz.

Step 2: Try a microfibre towel

Apparently “super vigilant air-dryers love using a microfibre towel”, such as the Aquis Hair Towel, £30, which boasts superior absorption technology to dry hair fast with less friction (and therefore, causing less damage). “Remove as much water as possible with the towel,” Fischer instructs, “and for further frizz control apply product as soon as possible.”

How to air dry relaxed hair

Step 3: Pick your products

They key is to know your hair type and select styling products wisely. Fischer says: “If your hair is thick and wavy and you’re air-drying it overnight, you can go for products with a richer, creamy consistency” like the Lazartigue Shea Butter leave-in Conditioner. If you have fine or ‘normal’ hair, try the Bumble and bumble Don’t Blow It (Fine) to enhance any natural texture. “To tackle serious frizz try John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Repairing Serum,” she advises.

How to air dry relaxed hair

Step 4: Choose your style

Fischer says that “the 70s-inspired look of the moment is to keep the hair flat on top, with all the movement at the ends”. To get that barely-there wave, “separate the hair into sections, then twist each one and apply a tiny amount of product (perhaps a mixture of leave-in conditioner and a light styling gel)”. Leave the twists until the hair has completely dried naturally, or if you know your hair drops without the help of heat gently use a diffuser (Bazaar recommends the Dyson diffuser compatible with the Supersonic hairdryer) – and “apply heat from different angles until the hair is 85% dry,” Fischer explains. “Leave the last 15% to dry naturally and then the polishing begins.”

Step 5: Smooth and polish

If your hair needs taming, now’s the time to use heated tongs or straighteners to “smooth and polish” only, focusing on the ends. Fischer explains: “Take a section of hair and holding the ends wrap it around the barrel of the styler for a few seconds – just enough to create a slight bend in the hair.” Create the waves in opposite directions with each section for the perfect undone–but well done–finish.

For the past year or so, I’ve been trying to greatly reduce the amount of direct heat I put on my hair. Although I haven’t completely retired the use of my flat iron or blow dryer, I typically go months without using either one. I’ve noticed that I retain more length by air-drying, so I plan to keep this up for a long time. However, it’s not something that can only be done once in awhile to see benefits. Try making it a regular part of your wash day routine and you will see changes. I know a lot of ladies hear the word “air-dry” and get the shivers. That’s because if not done correctly, your hair will look a hot frizzy mess. However, no need to fret! Since I’m a relaxed bombshell, here are some of my tips for successfully air-drying relaxed hair.

1. When washing out your conditioner after shampooing, do a final rinse of the hair with cold water to seal in the cuticle.

2. Don’t go overboard with leave-ins. My hair is not very thick, so I use a liquid leave-in conditioner and seal with an oil while the hair is still damp. If you have thicker hair, a cream leave-in would work better for you and seal with oil. Regardless of your hair type, if you overload your hair with products it will feel heavy and be very difficult to style.

3. Detangle your hair by starting from the ends and working your way up to the roots. If you start at the roots, you’re likely to lose a lot more hair. Since your hair is damp, it is in a very fragile and vulnerable state, so go easy when combing through. Use a wide-tooth comb or a detangling comb.

4. Section the hair in two low ponytails. Hair dries much more quickly when it is sectioned off versus just pulling it back into one ponytail. Brush the hair, especially the front and edges so that they are smooth into the ponytails. Depending on your hair length, you can take the hair that’s left out of the ponytail, flip it up so it’s touching the back of your head and secure it with a hair clip.

5. Use a silk or satin scarf and tie it around your head. Never use cotton because it will suck all of the moisture out of your hair. Using a scarf makes a really big difference because when the hair is first damp, it has the most “memory” and can be easily manipulated to do what you want it to do. So your edges will lay flat and the hair will be trained to stay sleek and smooth. You can keep the scarf on until the hair dries completely or you can keep it on for the first hour so the hair is properly trained.

6. After the first hour of drying with a scarf, you can take it off and roll the hair using flexirods, magnetic rollers or satin rollers. Your hair will look smooth and sleek and won’t need any heat. I also do a “braid-out” on my hair, by braiding my hair in sections and rolling the ends with satin rollers. Once the hair is dry, I unbraid the hair using a little coconut oil on my fingers and fluff out the hair.

7. Make sure you have plenty of time to let the hair air-dry. I highly recommend doing it the night before so the hair will be dry in the morning. If you try to air-dry the same day you want to go somewhere, you’re cutting it really close depending on how quickly your hair dries and the style you choose. If you absolutely must be somewhere, put the hair in a high or low bun so you’re not going out of the house looking crazy.

How to air dry relaxed hair

Blow-drying your hair can leave you with a beautiful, bouncy finish, but when done consistently, the device takes a heavy toll on your strands. To give your hair a much needed break from the heat, consider exploring how to air dry hair. It sounds like a no-brainer, but there are different techniques when it comes to air-drying.

Caile Noble, a celebrity hairstylist whose clients include Hailee Steinfeld and Olivia Culpo, says to keep in mind that weather plays a factor when air drying hair. “In warmer climates or summer months, your hair will always dry quicker than in the winter when it’s cold or damp,” he notes. And if you’ve ever ventured outdoors in the cold with damp hair, you know how uncomfortable the feeling is. That said, now is the time to experiment with air drying your hair. Below, find step-by-step solutions for air drying your locks, whether your hair is straight, wavy, curly, or natural.

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How To Air Dry Straight, Fine Hair

“Fine hair is super fragile, so it’s best to always have a good hair routine that supports hair condition and strengths to prevent from breakage,” Jenny Cho, celeb hairstylist whose clients include Sandra Oh and Lucy Boynton, tells TZR. Cho says scalp treatments can be very beneficial to protect hair from the roots, so the hair has a great start. For this, she recommends using Sisley’s Revitalizing Fortifying Serum for the Scalp. “I also love using Aquis’ hair turban to wrap hair up out of the shower, versus a heavy towel that can actually pull hair out.”

The hair expert says the best way to get body and texture when air drying is to mist Aquis’ Restorative Leave-In Conditioner, and scrunch dry with a towel from the ends towards the roots. Next, Cho recommends using a foam, like OUAI’s Air Dry Foam or Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Foam Spray Blow Dry. Then continue to scrunch the hair to form a bend, let it air dry without parting it, and flip hair side to side to add extra body.

Use an oil Oils like coconut (that contain a trace of protein) work great for relaxed hair as well as protein-free oils such as argan oil, shea oil, babassu oil, maracuja oil, sacha inchi oil, alone or combined. Oils work double duty, helping to repair the hair and increase resistance from breakage.

Which shampoo is best for relaxed hair?

Top Shampoos and Conditioners for Relaxed Hair Nairobi Normalizing Shampoo Unisex. Nairobi Humecta-Sil Moisture Replenishing Unisex Conditioner. Therapeutic Dandra-Solv Moisturizing Shampoo for Unisex By Nairobi. Ojon Rare Blend Moisture-Rich Cleansing Conditioner. Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner.

Is air drying good for relaxed hair?

Because relaxer damages the hair , it needs to be treated gently and rarely blow dried . Letting hair hang loose while air drying will add waves or curls to it. Developing a regimen of twisting or using rollers will help to keep hair straight and stop further damage.

How often should you moisturize and seal relaxed hair?

However, there is no cut and dry formula for how often you should moisturize and seal . Plus, depending on your products your hair may need more or less. My go to rule is once a day for relaxed hair , especially when wearing my hair down.

Why is my relaxed hair so dry?

While our relaxed hair needs protein we have to be careful to not give it too much which is called protein overload. When our hair has too much protein the protein can keep moisture from getting to our hair strands leaving them feeling dry and brittle.

Does relaxer stop hair growth?

Now that you understand how relaxers help with hair maintenance, let me discuss when it is no longer safe for you to relax your hair . In some cases, if you continue to relax your hair , you can cause permanent damage to your hair follicles, when this happens, your hair will not grow back.

What is the best oil for relaxed hair?

You may use heavier oils to seal your hair such as shea butter and castor oil , but mix them with lighter oils such as olive oil . This will prevent your hair from feeling overly greasy or weighed down. Some of my favourite oils are: Argan oil . Jojoba oil . Coconut oil . Almond oil .

How can I make my relaxed hair thicker?

7 Ways To Thicken Relaxed Hair Stretching Relaxers. It is highly recommended to space out your relaxers as far as possible. Using Normal Strength Relaxer NOT Extra Strength. Protect Your Previously Relaxed Hair While Relaxing . Pre-poo With Coconut Oil. Weekly Light Protein Treatments. Cut off thin ends. Use Products with Panthenol.

How do you keep relaxed hair from frizzing?

Protect Hair When You Sleep A smooth wrap around your head prior to going to bed is another great way to keep the sleekness in place. After wrapping, tie a silky or satin scarf around your head and secure it. Even more than just sleeping on a satiny pillowcase would, it can keep your hair from frizzing .

Can you have healthy relaxed hair?

Short Answer: Yes, of course it can be. A relaxer is a cream or lotion designed to break down the bonds in our hair , which make it curl/coil, to achieve a straighter texture. There are three different types of relaxers; thio relaxers, lye relaxers, and no-Lye relaxers.

How do you wash relaxed hair at home?

How to Wash Relaxed Hair . Shampoo your hair twice a week and condition after every shampoo wash . Use a moisturizing, sulfate-free shampoo and a highly moisturizing conditioner formulated for chemically treated hair . After applying the shampoo , gently massage the scalp with your fingertips.

How can I protect my relaxed hair?

Read on for Handy’s tips on how to keep relaxed hair healthy during the summer. Wash Your Hair Weekly and Double Up on Moisture. Get Ends Trimmed Regularly. Go Easy on Heat Styling. Drink Water and Pay Attention to Your Diet. Avoid Overprocessing. Wait Awhile Before Installing Protective Styles.

How to air dry relaxed hair

Previously, the only time I’d air-dry my hair was in a panicked rush out the door. But it’s a really great option if you’re noticing damage from heat styling and want to give your hair a much-needed break. That, and it’s important to let your hair do its own thing sometimes, right? You’ll significantly shorten your morning routine and may even realize you like your strands better au naturel. I tapped Halli Bivona of the John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman for a tutorial on how to leave the house without a hair care in the world. These tricks will streamline the process and help your air-dried hair live its very best life.

Keep scrolling for your official guide to getting it right.

1. Shampoo and Condition

“When air-drying your hair, you always want to start by thoroughly shampooing and conditioning your hair. Often, the biggest concern is frizz, and the best way to avoid that is keeping hair hydrated. I like to start my air-drying routine by using a moisture shampoo and conditioner.”

How to air dry relaxed hair

How to air dry relaxed hair

How to air dry relaxed hair

How to air dry relaxed hair

How to air dry relaxed hair

How to air dry relaxed hair

2. Towel-Dry

“Pat, never rub. Focus mostly on the roots because its the least exposed area of your hair and will take the longest to dry. Again, we’re avoiding frizz, so each hair type needs to achieve different levels of dryness before combing and adding product. Straight hair should get to 80%, wavy hair to 60%, and curly hair to just 40%.”

3. Brush

“Once you’ve finished towel-drying, comb your hair through. Those with straight hair should use a paddle brush, women with wavy hair opt for a wide-toothed comb, and curly hair types can gently rake through with their fingers.”

How to air dry relaxed hair

How to air dry relaxed hair

How to air dry relaxed hair

How to air dry relaxed hair

3. Add Product

“The right product makes all the difference. If you have straight hair, use a light oil and only apply it to your ends. With wavy hair, it’s best to use an oil-lotion hybrid for extra muscle and moisture—apply that from root to tip. Curly hair responds best with an oil-based mousse.”

How to air dry relaxed hair

How to air dry relaxed hair

How to air dry relaxed hair

How to air dry relaxed hair

How to air dry relaxed hair

How to air dry relaxed hair

5. Brush, Scrunch, and Twirl

“To make sure your hair dries the way you’d like it to, you’ll want to continuously brush, scrunch, or twirl the hair to expose each strand to the air. With straight hair, it’s best to keep brushing. You can scrunch wavy hair, but avoid roughing up the cuticle (that’ll lead to split ends!). Curly-haired girls should take small sections all over and twirl each curl in a different direction. You’ll look a bit like Shirley Temple, but don’t worry! When the curls fully dry, massage your scalp to loosen the curls. That way, you won’t disturb the curls or create frizz.”

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I usually just shampoo, leave in/detangling conditioner. towel dry it..put it in a bun and instead of gel I use moouse on the front and apply a headband. looks great.

Or i make side bangs in the front ..blowdry just the 2 front sections and flat-iron it.. and only put moouse on the back part of my hair.. lots of it lol.. its usually crunchy but it stays in place

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Well, since i’m always co-washing every week. i co wash on tuesdays. right now and i designate Friday as heat day for whatever style im trying to attain. Then i it every night. spray some oil sheen on it before and after i wrap it and it stays straight for as long as i want it to. until i co wash. Wrapping has always been the key for me to keep my hair straight whether you do it wet or dry.

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Check out the most gorgeous hairstyles for relaxed hair!

How to air dry relaxed hair

Relaxed hair is the perfect canvas for tons of styles. Get inspired by these pretty styles for every length and vibe.

How to air dry relaxed hair

Keep your look simple with Keke Palmer’s sleek style. Find out how to get her straight, slicked-back style here.

How to air dry relaxed hair

Zendaya’s textured updo is a cool alternative to a classic twist for Homecoming or Prom. After applying a heat protecting cream, use a curling iron to create loose waves in your hair. Then loosely pin them back to create this sophistocated look. Get the step-by-step tutorial for Zendaya’s tousled updo here.

How to air dry relaxed hair

Need a fun, flirty do for a night out? Try this funky bubble pony! Get step-by-step instructions for recreating this cool bubble pony here!

How to air dry relaxed hair

You don’t have to have super long strands to get in on the side-swept trend! You might just need a few extra bobby pins to get your shorter layers to stay to one side, like Kat Graham’s chic style.

How to air dry relaxed hair

Get effortless waves like Jordin Sparks! Use a two-inch curling iron to curl one-inch sections of hair. Finish by finger-combing waves to give them a more natural look, then add hairspray for hold.

How to air dry relaxed hair

Brush hair to one side and gather into a low, loose pony to score Beyonce’s gorgeous look. Lightly tease the tail for added volume.

How to air dry relaxed hair

Try Willow Smith’s awesome spike-y ‘do to make an edgy statement! It works best on thicker hair, and you’ll need some seriously strong styling wax and hairspray to keep it in place.

How to air dry relaxed hair

In four simple steps get this retro side-swept updo that’s perfect for prom and formals! Find out how to recreate this fresh take on the bouffant here.

How to air dry relaxed hair

Since relaxed hair has already been chemically processed, it’s extra important to apply a heat-protecting cream or serum before using any hot tools. Then, use a one-inch curling iron on random sections of the hair to create Ciara’s loose, tousled waves!

How to air dry relaxed hair

We love the sporty-glam feel of Zendaya’s super-high style. To get the look, pull hair into a high pony and use a wide barrel curling iron to curl the ends. Wrap a small piece of hair around the base to hide the elastic and make it feel less gym-class chic.

How to air dry relaxed hair

The best thing about a pixie like Rihanna’s is that you can style it a number of different ways! Use a shine enhancing pomade or hair wax to manipulate the hair in different directions with your fingers for her edgy style.

How to air dry relaxed hair

Update your look by just switching up your part! Try out this deep side part for a fun everyday look. Find out how to personalize this deep side pony for your face shape here!

How to air dry relaxed hair

Jordin Sparks braided style is an easy way to freshen up a basic pony. Start by prepping hair with a heat protecting lotion and then blow dry straight, smoothing with a flat iron if necessary. Gather hair in a ponytail, braid the tail, and secure with an elastic.

How to air dry relaxed hair

Want a cool side twist like Keke Palmer’s? To get this style, run a small dab of shine gel through your hair, then form a small twist at each temple. Connect them in the back of your head and leave the rest of your hair loose and wavy.

How to air dry relaxed hair

*Relax your hair every eight to 16 weeks depending on your hair’s needs. Do not relax your hair every time new growth appears, since relaxing too often causes major damage to the hair and scalp. After relaxing your hair, use a reconstructor instead of your regular conditioner for one week, whenever you wash your hair.

*After a week, return to your regular moisturising shampoo and conditioner.

*Wash and condition your hair once or twice a week. Try to use mild and gentle shampoo and a moisturising conditioner designed for chemically-treated hair. Using a deep conditioner that contains both protein and moisture once a week is ideal. Comb the damp hair with a wide tooth comb or shower/detangling comb with a very slippy conditioner in it because wet hair is in its most vulnerable state and is more likely to break.

*It is best to avoid using heat to dry your hair, especially if the relaxed hair is somewhat damaged. Hair should be left to air-dry at least partially before using a blow-dryer on a low to medium temperature setting. However, if your hair is healthy and you prefer heat, you can either blow-dry the hair on medium heat or use a hood dryer with magnetic rollers. The hair should be completely dry before you use a curling or flat iron on it. Make sure to use a heat protection product prior to any heat use.

*When using a curling iron to style your hair, do not allow the barrel cover to clamp down on your hair. Hold the barrel cover slightly open and allow the hair to move over the curling iron barrel without the tugging and pulling caused by pressure from the barrel cover. Whenever the barrel cover clamps down on your hair, it creates a weak point at which breakage is inevitable.

*Never use petrolatum and mineral oil hair oil on relaxed hair as a moisturiser. These ingredients do not moisturise the hair but rather functions as a sealant (meaning it protects the cuticle layer from damage and moisture loss). Depending on your hair type, you may need to use daily hair conditioner, but use products that actually oil the scalp. For best results, choose a lightweight oil (such as jojoba, coconut, almond, or olive oil) rub a small amount in the palms and spread lightly through the scalp of the hair. Comb your hair evenly to moisturise the tips of the hair. Applying a small amount of oil to wet hair can also act as a leave-in conditioner and provides excellent conditioning in preparation for the next shampooing.

* It’s okay to style your hair with a curling iron occasionally; however, a roller set is the best method. If you want to maintain a curly look over a few days, pin curling is a healthy option. Be sure to use hair-friendly pins and a satin bonnet to prevent dryness and breakage overnight.

*Water-based moisturi-sers are best for all hair types, although leave-in conditioners can double as moisturiser for the hair. Avoid moisturisers with petrolatum and mineral oil.

*Deep condition the hair every week to maintain strength and moisture in the hair. Do not overwash your hair by shampooing relaxed hair more than once a week. To do this, take a creamy deep conditioning treatment that contains both moisturising and mild protein ingredients to clean damp hair. For best results, apply a plastic shower cap and let hair sit for up to 30 to 45 minutes. To save time, sitting under a hooded dryer on medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes is equally effective. Deep conditioning regularly and consistently can help maintain the hair’s integrity, allowing it to withstand regular manipulation and styling. It also prevents damage.

*Don’t brush your hair with harsh bristles

*Drink plenty of water daily, get enough of rest, eat well, alleviate stress, and exercise regularly (at least two to three days per week) to produce the healthiest hair possible.

Drying your hair without heat is a great way to avoid heat damage and achieve healthy hair that is stronger in the long term.

Healthy hair starts in the shower. Using a safe and effective shampoo and conditioner will ensure that you are able to tackle the no-heat drying process with more confidence.

Use our sulphate-free shampoo that lifts dirt and cleans your scalp without stripping your hair of moisture. Follow that up with our silicone-free conditioner that will help moisturise each strand and smooth down your hair’s outer cuticle layer.

Here are four tips on how to ensure it doesn’t take forever to air dry your hair. Read on before you go looking for the hair dryer.

1. Do not apply a leave in or other finishing products to soaking wet hair

Why? If you want to reduce your (h)air drying time, then you don’t want to be immediately applying any sealing products to soaking wet hair. The sealing oil and moisturising cream will form a layer around your hair and will prevent or slow down the process of moisture leaving your hair. Whilst we always discuss the importance of sealing in moisture, in this instance, trapping the moisture will hinder your drying process. Starting the L.O.C method on damp hair is the best option.

2. Use a microfibre towel for greater absorbency and softer hair manipulation

Regular cotton towels cause friction which raises the cuticles of your hair strands. Friction causes frizz. Microfibre towels are designed to create less friction (which means less frizz!) and prevent breakage so it’s a win-win for your Afro.

Using a towel turban makes it easy to put your hair up to dry and go hands-free. So you can easily do something else whilst saving time and drying your hair!


3. Gently squeeze your hair to remove excess water

Is maintaining length, reducing breakage and optimising moisture one of your hair goals? Grabbing a cotton towel and making a harsh back and forth movement to dry your hair is not the way to go then!

It’s better to use a microfibre towel and dry your hair following the direction of your hair’s cuticle. This means going down from root to tip, squeezing the hair, releasing and then starting back up at the root. Do this in 4-6 sections to absorb excess moisture and then wrap your head if you wish.

4. Part your hair in sections that make it easier to dry

Help move the drying process along by separating your hair. Hair that dries in sections will dry faster than hair that is bunched together because compact hair will retain moisture.

A lot of us don’t wish to trade stretch, manageability and an already detangled state in order to dry our hair so we twist it right away. However, this may be slowing down your hair’s drying process. After taking your microfibre towel off, leave your hair out in sections for (you can use big clips to hold the roots taut and keep your hair from shrinking) for 30 minutes. You could do a face mask, have some tea or watch an episode of your favourite drama and then when it’s 70% dry, you can start to L.O.C method and style .

Should I blow dry my hair to save time?

We don’t recommend drying Afro hair with a heat process like a blow dryer. Hair can become brittle, dry, damaged, and frizzy over time. Everything you’re doing to build a healthy hair routine can be reversed with one overzealous blow drying session. Some people stand by their blow dryers, however, we believe that air drying can still get the job done and best of all? It will do so without the heat damage.

When it comes to your hair, do what feels best for you. With a bit of trial and error, you will find what works in your hair’s favour. The most important thing is that you need to find and stick to a healthy routine.

If you’ve used these tips or any others we haven’t mentioned, please leave a comment below!

When it comes to our daily beauty routine, we’re all about efficiency and ease. From waking up to walking out of the door, we don’t have time to waste. Unfortunately, despite the time crunch, heat styling has been the norm for most Southern women for decades counting, with straight-haired ladies conjuring up curls and waves each morning and curly girls fiercely clamping the straightening iron. Lucky for us, skipping the styling tools that damage our strands and take up our coffee-drinking time has become quite on-trend as of late; and we are here for it. The first step begins from root to tip with the right haircut that’ll coax your hair in the desired direction as it dries naturally. When finding the perfect cut, the most important thing to consider is your texture. Repeat after us: “I will not fight my texture.” Cutting for your texture will keep those heat styling tools locked away tight in your drawer. After you find a cut that works for your texture and lifestyle, you need to take steps at home protect your hair while it’s drying. Silk pillowcases and microfiber towel turbans are essential for encouraging shine overnight and protecting your hair’s texture while it dries. Embracing this no-styling lifestyle can be easier than you think and look much better than you imagine—just check out these gorgeous hairstyles that air dry well. Don’t get us wrong, we’ll still be heat styling our hair every once in a while, but with a hairstyle that compliments our natural hair texture, we’re all the more likely to feel like a laid back cover star.

While perms can give flat hair body and movement, they also may leave it in need of some extra attention. Perms use chemicals to alter the shape of your hair; it might start with a smooth appearance, but will start to show signs of damage as your hair grows out. The process can also lead to excess breakage and thinning in hair that is already fine. Permed hair needs a healthy dose of moisture and protein to keep it strong and manageable. Add a weekly treatment to your haircare routine, and switch up your daily styling tools to keep your permed hair in check.

Place 2 tablespoons of canola oil into a blender. Add half of a banana and one egg. The canola oil will deeply condition your hair, while the banana and egg coat it in protein to strengthen the follicle. Turn the blender on and allow it to run until blended but still thick.

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Coat your hair from roots to tips with the mixture. Cover with a plastic shower cap.

Place a hair towel in the dryer until it’s hot, and wrap it around the shower cap. The heat from the towel will help the mask absorb into your hair thoroughly.

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Allow the mask to sit in your hair for an hour and rinse it out using warm water. Work a dime-size amount of sulfate-free shampoo into your roots. Sulfate-free shampoos will keep your hair’s natural oils intact to prevent frizz, and should be used every time you wash permed hair.

Coat the bottom 2 inches of your hair in a silicone-based conditioner and allow it to sink in for 3 minutes before rinsing completely. Silicone based conditioners coat the hair shaft to add shine, while sealing split ends. Use this every time you wash.

Gently squeeze the ends of your hair dry with a microfiber towel. Microfiber towels are less abrasive than regular towels, and will prevent split ends.

Pull through a dime-size amount of hair oil through the ends of your hair. Comb your hair from root to tip using a wide-toothed comb to distribute the product and detangle. Use a natural hair oil, such as Argan or Coconut oil 2. Choose a light formula if you have fine hair. Oils seal the cuticle and protect it from humidity without the need for heat.

Allow your hair to air-dry and reapply the oil as necessary. Hot styling tools will remove moisture from your hair and damage it further, so avoid the blow-dryer whenever possible.

Use a mask treatment once a week. Wash your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo and silicone-based conditioner every other day to keep your natural oils intact.

Only comb your hair while it is wet, and use a natural-bristle brush to detangle dry hair as needed. Excess brushing leads to fallout.

Having thick hair is a common desire among relaxed haired ladies. That sought-after thickness and body in the hair gives you more styling options and signifies overall hair health. When I first began my hair journey, my relaxed hair was thin, damaged and lifeless. Here are a few tips on how I increased the thickness in my hair.

I like to space out my relaxers as far as possible. My hair thrives when I relax every 10-12 weeks. By stretching out my relaxers I’m giving my hair a break and allowing my new growth to grow in fully before putting the relaxer on it. When your new growth is not visible, it’s much easier to overlap the relaxer on the previously relaxed hair. This can cause thinness, breakage and overall damage. Stretching your relaxers makes your hair stronger and thicker over time.

How to air dry relaxed hair

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Normal strength relaxers tend to process the hair at a much slower rate than extra strength relaxers. The slower process along with my quick relaxer speed results in my hair not relaxed completely bone straight. There is still some texture left over in my strands. More texture means thicker dense strands.

How to air dry relaxed hair

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I like to pre-poo my hair with a mixture of conditioner and coconut oil before I shampoo. Coconut oil is known to protect the hair from protein loss when used as a pre-shampoo treatment. In other words, it helps prevent damage to the cuticle. Less damage mean stronger fuller cuticle, whihc gives you thicker hair.

How to air dry relaxed hair

How to air dry relaxed hair

I never relax my hair without my ends being protected from the relaxer. Relaxing previously relaxed hair can cause the hair to be over-processed eventually leading to thinness and breakage. Protecting the length of the hair to the ends creates a barrier between your hair and the run-off of the relaxer.

How to air dry relaxed hair

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I changed my regimen around in order to incorporate weekly protein treatments. Using reconstructors under a hooded dryer for 15-20 minutes is the best thing for my strands. Protein causes the hair to swell in diameter, therefore increasing the thickness. Protein treatments strengthen and fortify the hair preventing breakage.

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How to air dry relaxed hair

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How to air dry relaxed hair

One of the most popular set styles for both natural and relaxed hair is the roller set. As a child, and well into adulthood, I’ve gotten my hair styled using rollers to give my hair a new look. It’s a classic and versatile style that allows you to create curls in various sizes. If done right and well maintained, a roller set can last a couple of weeks. Here are five tips that will help you get the best results from your roller set.

1. Ensure your hair is tangle-free.

Since natural hair is textured, you want to ensure that there are not knots or tangles, because once the hair is dry, those tangles will be locked in. I smooth and detangle each section with a comb or brush before rolling the hair on the roller. Using a good organic leave-in conditioner will help with any tangles that remain before you begin to set your hair. Mielle’s Pomegranate & Honey Leave-In Conditioner penetrates each hair strand, adding moisture and sealing it in. Not only does this product add shine, but it also prevents frizz without weighing down the hair and aids in detangling.

2. Use a setting lotion or mousse.

Setting lotion and mousse tend to be very lightweight products, and they also can provide lasting hold. This makes them perfect for roller sets, because the curls will be bouncy, voluminous, and long-lasting. Mielle’s Brazilian Curly Cocktail Mousse is the answer to curly girl’s dream of having soft, defined, frizz-free curls. This organic hair mousse contains a blend of organic Brazilian oils like babassu, buriti buriti, copaiba oil, and muru muru. This super combo of Brazilian oils absorbs into the hair shaft, locking in moisture and providing ultimate definition.

3. Make sure your hair is completely dry before removing the rollers.

This is probably the most important tip! If your hair is not completely dry, then it will continue to shrink and frizz up until it is completely dry — and that is how your hair will be set. If you want your hair to air dry, then you’ll need plenty of time, and you may need to sleep in the rollers overnight to make sure they dry. You can also use a hooded dryer to speed up the drying time or a combination of time and a dryer.

4. Roll your hair in small sections.

If the section of hair you are working with is wider than the roller, or too much hair is on each roller, then you may end up dealing with longer drying times, less defined curls, and frizz. Working in small sections and selecting the correct roller size will help.

5. Make sure the hair is taut around the roller.

If your hair looks smooth and taut over the roller, then it will set smooth. If your hair is slack over the roller and has visible texture, then it will set in that way, and while you’ll end up with stretched hair, your roller set will not be smooth.

These five tips have been the key to helping me ensure my roller set is smooth, voluminous, and lasts for at least a couple weeks. If you’ve been struggling with the style, check your process for these important steps, and I’m certain your style will turn out better. If you have a tip that I missed, let us know in the comments!

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Chemical relaxers are popular among women with tightly coiled or highly textured hair. You may decide to relax your hair for a variety of reasons, but many chose this procedure for easier maintenance and styling. Relaxed hair can give you more styling options and free up your time, but there are risks. If the chemical process is done incorrectly or you neglect to properly maintain your hair following the treatment, you may experience significant damage, scalp irritation, breakage and hair loss.

Lye or No Lye

A 2007 article in “The Washington Post” highlighted a trend with relaxer manufacturers labeling their products as “organic” and “natural.” These descriptions can be misleading — all relaxers are potentially harmful and contain chemicals. Relaxers work by permanently breaking down protein bonds within the hair shaft to loosen the curl pattern. There are two types, “lye” and “no lye.” Lye relaxers contain sodium hydroxide, a harsh, caustic chemical with a pH factor ranging from 10 to 14. No lye relaxers are milder, but can, like Lye relaxers, cause damage to the hair and scalp. Relaxers also come in three strengths, Super, Regular and Mild. The strength to use depends on your hair texture, so be sure you select the correct strength to avoid under- or over-processing.

Do Not Over-Process

Your hair should be healthy and in adequate condition prior to relaxing to reduce the risk of damage. If a relaxer is left on too long or your hair is relaxed too soon after a color or chemical service, over-processing can occur. This can cause permanent damage, breakage and hair loss. The neutralizer is an important part of the relaxing treatment, because it halts the chemical process. Over-processing can also occur if your hair isn’t neutralized in time, making it feel brittle, porous and weak. Overlapping relaxer on previously relaxed hair will also cause over-processing. When retouching your new growth, make sure the relaxer is applied to the roots only.

No Chemical Burns

The caustic ingredients of chemical relaxers can burn your scalp and lead to permanent hair loss. According to Akorra.com, many burns leave the scalp infected and require medical treatment. Permanent hair loss and bald patches are often a consequence. It’s important to apply base or petroleum jelly to your scalp, hairline and nape of neck to minimize the risks. Make sure your scalp is free from abrasions, and if it starts to tingle or sting while the relaxer is being applied, rinse immediately.

Importance of Maintenance

Tightly coiled, highly textured hair is among the most fragile and driest types, even in its natural state. Once relaxed, your hair will be weaker and very dry. Regular conditioning and protein treatments are vital to strengthen the hair, restore the moisture balance and prevent breakage. Deep condition your hair every two weeks, and use a leave-in conditioner between washes to keep your hair strong and healthy. Regular trims prevent split ends; roller sets protect your hair from the drying, damaging heat of blow dryers and flat irons.

How to air dry relaxed hair

Some tasks seem straightforward until you do them. For example, many people don’t know how to blow dry their hair so it looks like the work of a professional stylist, which of course, is totally understandable. You may not realize it, but there’s so much more to the task than simply grabbing a dryer, pointing it at your head, and blasting your hair with heat. In fact, getting a gorgeous at-home blowout requires using the right products, keeping your hair healthy, and getting a little bit of practice.

Here, we asked top stylists and a dermatologist for their tips on how to blow dry your hair at home.

1. Invest in a great blow-dryer if you can.

If you have the budget, you may want to invest in a tool that offers functions to minimize hair damage and help cut down on your drying time. For example, some dryers offer features like multiple heat settings, a cool shot to close hair cuticles, and ionic air technology. Celebrity hair stylist Jennifer Yepez recommends the T3 Cura Luxe ($230, Sephora) and the Dyson Supersonic ($399, Nordstrom) if you want to purchase a more expensive dryer. But there are plenty of more affordable stylist-recommended options, like the Red by Kiss 2200 Ceramic Tourmaline Dryer ($35, Amazon), if you don’t want to spend a lot of money. (You can find more recommendations here).

2. Start by air or towel drying your hair.

Keeping your hair healthy will help you avoid dry ends, resulting in shinier blowouts. And one of the best ways you can do this is by minimizing the amount of heat you apply to your hair, says Shilpi Khetarpal, M.D., dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. She recommends towel drying or air drying your hair to remove as much moisture as possible. “In general, the dryer your hair is the less heat you have to use,” Dr. Khetarpal says.

3. Dry your hair using the right kind of towel.

“Using a heavy, bulky bath towel creates a lot of weight and tension in our hair, and that can make it more likely to break or shed,” Dr. Khetarpal says. She recommends drying your hair using a small microfiber towel, which not only reduces tension but also decreases friction. The result? You’ll have fewer flyaways and less frizz, she says. One of our editors loves the Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Turban ($30, Ulta), which transforms her hair from soaking wet hair to slightly damp in just five minutes.

4. Avoid using a brush on wet hair.

Please don’t reach for that round brush when your hair is soaked, Dr. Khetarpal says. Tugging on wet hair with a brush increases your chances of damaging it. Instead, try this tip Dr. Khetarpal often gives people: Use a wide-tooth comb to easily detangle hair when it is still wet. If you skip this step, then your brush is more likely to get caught on knots, which will rip out more hair—even when it’s dry. “That’s just unnecessary stress on the hair,” Dr. Khetarpal says. The Diane Ionic Anti-Static 6” Volume Detangler Comb is a good choice and can work on thick or curly hair ($4, Ulta). (This Felicia Leatherwood Detangler Brush is one of our favorites, $18, Amazon.) If you don’t like combs, brushes made with softer bristles, like the Wet Brush ($9, Amazon), work well too. The Felicia Leatherwood Detangler Brush with widely spaced, flexible teeth is another one of our favorites, ($18, Amazon).

Dr. Khetarpal recommends that people with long hair hold it in their hands and lightly comb the ends before moving up toward the roots. This is gentler on your roots and can help you avoid hair breakage.

5. Pick the right brush for your hair type.

You should pick a brush based on the results you’re looking for and your hair type, says Giovanni Vaccaro, Glasmsquad’s creative director. Typically, stylists like using a round brush to create a voluminous, bouncy style. Then, you have to decide on the material of the bristles. Vaccaro advises his clients with straight hair to use ceramic brushes because they retain heat to offer more volume. He prefers using boar-bristle brushes on people with coarse hair because the material provides the right amount of tension needed to smooth their strands.

Yepez favors brushes with ceramic-coated barrels, such as the T3 Volume 2.5 Round Professional Ceramic-coated Brush ($28, Dermstore) because the material retains heat and dries your hair faster. Otherwise, she recommends the YS Park G Series Curl Shine Styler Round Brush ($51, Amazon) for most people. “The bristles are specially made to help with faster drying and less heat damage,” she says.

6. Always use a heat protectant.

Yes, heat protectants work, and you should be as diligent about using them as you hopefully are with your SPF, says Dr. Khetarpal. “Think of it as sunscreen for your hair,” she explains. There are a variety of products that you can use on either wet or dry hair, so read the bottle to understand how to use it. For example, if you’re going to use a spray before blow drying, then you should make sure it’s formulated to be used on wet hair, Dr. Khetarpal says. (Some products are meant to be used with other hot tools, like a curling iron, on already dried hair.)

7. Remember to apply styling products evenly through your hair.

“When some people use a serum for frizzy hair or a thickening spray for volume, they just spray the top of their hair, instead of all around,” Yepez tells SELF. “Sometimes you just forget the back of your hair.”

She advises parting your hair, creating sections, and working the product from mid-shaft to ends. You can apply the product using either your fingers or a comb, Yepez says.

8. Use your blow-dryer attachments.

You know that flat, nozzle thing that attaches to the end of your hair dryer? Don’t ignore it. Blow drying with the diffuser on is less traumatic for your hair, Dr. Khetarpal says.