Air drying your hair is the safest and most healthy way to dry your hair. It is however the most boring way and takes the longest time to dry. To make it more exciting, you can rollerset it, do a braid out or a twist it. If you’re just doing a normal air dry, it’s so important to get a good smooth finish so your hair doesn’t make you look untidy.
The secret to air dry relaxed hair without frizz is this: your cuticles should be closed and smooth at the end of the wash day process. Keep this in mind through out your wash process.
To get a good air dry, the following factors are so important
When you intend to dry your hair, every product you use on your wash day should have the effect of moisturing your hair and making it SOFT.
Products you should have ready are as follows:
- A moisturizing shampoo, preferably a sulfate free shampoo;
- A good conditioner (I think you’ll get a better finish if you use a deep conditioner.);
- Apple cider vinegar, Roux porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner or just cold water if you don’t have any of these.
- An effective leave-in detangler and/or a leave-in conditioner with good slip;
- A hair oil or butter; and
- A serum (optional but will help achieve the best finish)
- A soft boar bristle brush or a baby brush
- A scarf
You will need:
- A T-shirt to remove the excess water from your hair after washing.
- An extra wide-tooth comb
- A wide tooth comb
- A medium-tooth comb
- A fine-tooth comb (if you really want it extra smooth)
- It’s so important to keep your hair as smooth and as tangle-free as possible through out your wash day process. When you’re washing your hair, don’t pile it on top of your head or rub your hair roughly. Rub the shampoo into your hair in one direction, working your way from the front of your head down to the ends of your hair. ‘Baby’ your hair as you go.
- Do your final rinse with either Roux porosity control conditioner, Apple cider vinegar or cold water to close your cuticles.
- Use a t-shirt only to remove excess water. To reduce frizz, your hair should still be about 90% wet. If your hair has started drying, it can lead to frizz. Spray some water to wet it a little. I use a t-shirt instead of a towel to keep my cuticles as smooth as possible. I’ll say it again: To get a smooth air dry, your cuticles should be closed and smooth if not it looks and feels rough to touch.
- Apply your leave-in conditioner
- Divide your hair into two big sections: right and left.
- Take one of these sections to start work with.
- Apply your leave-in detangler to as tiny sections as possible. If your deep conditioner makes it easy to comb through your hair, you might choose to skip using a leave-in detangler.
- For each section, start by using your extra wide tooth comb to comb through. Follow with a wide-tooth comb and then a medium tooth comb. If you want even more smoothness, go for a fine-tooth comb. However, ensure that you use as tiny sections as possible if you’re doing this. This method takes time so if you don’t have time to work with tiny sections, just use an extra-wide tooth comb. It will still turn out okay.
- The reason why you should use tiny sections is to minimise breakage. If your hair is texlaxed or you have a lot of new growth, make sure you take as tiny sections as possible.
- Repeat this method of detangling throughout one section.
- Apply a small amount of oil or butter. This is to conserve the moisture in your hair as it dries.
- Apply your favorite serum for a sleek finish.
- Do the same thing to the other big section.
- Take your soft bristle brush and dip it in water. Then brush the top of your hair smoothly.
- Tie a scarf around your hair. Your hair takes the structure and shape of whichever way you make it dry. If you make it stay straight when drying, it stays straight. If you make it lie flat as it dries, it lies flat. It’s really that simple: that’s the science behind the scarf method of air drying your hair.
My air dried hair: perfect finish every time.
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