Jc of The Nat­u­ral Haven

Air dry­ing hair with­out doubt is the least dam­ag­ing way to dry your hair. The prob­lem many nat­u­rals have with it is that it can take forever and a day (lit­er­al­ly) espe­cial­ly as hair gets longer or if you have thick hair (whole head not indi­vid­u­al strand). Here are some tips and tricks for you on how to get your hair to air dry super fast before you reach for the hair dry­er:

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

If you want your hair to dry fast, do not apply a ‘seal­ing’ pro­duct to soak­ing wet hair. You will need to first dry off any excess water from your hair. The oils leave ins and oth­er fin­ish­ing pro­duct form a lay­er around the hair and prevent/retard the loss of water from the sur­face of hair. Mois­tur­is­ing i.e trap­ping the mois­ture inside the hair strand, will be just as, if not more effec­tive when you remove some of the water on the sur­face (mean­ing apply pro­duct to damp rather than soak­ing wet hair).

2. The old cotton t-shirt tip

Get­ting your hair from the wet stage to the damp state is easy. Instead of a tra­di­tion­al tow­el, find an old 100% cot­ton t-shirt or buy a high absorben­cy microfiber tow­el. The­se will soak up more water and as the sur­face of the cloth is smoother, there will be less fric­tion between the cloth and your hair..

3. Gentle squeezing

The biggest mis­take in dry­ing is using a back and forth move­ment with your tow­el which caus­es more dam­age than if you sim­ply fol­lowed the direc­tion of the cuti­cle (i.e dry from root to tip and if you want to repeat, release and go back to the root. Also wrap­ping your whole head will help to get rid of drip­ping water but will not accel­er­ate the dry­ing process. You will need to instead wrap your t-shirt or tow­el around each sec­tion (if you sec­tion wash) and gen­tly squeeze. You do not have to run the tow­el up and down the hair shaft, just squeeze, release and then move fur­ther down or to the next sec­tion. Always use dry por­tions of your tow­el or tshirt for max­i­mum effec­tive­ness. At the end of this stage you will be 50–60% dry and ready for seal­ing prod­ucts.

4. Open up your hair

Hair in twists and braids is com­pact and will not dry quick­ly. Many nat­u­rals want to keep the twists and braids so as to decrease shrink­age and give the hair some stretch. To dry hair fast, each strand needs max­i­mum expo­sure to air so unrav­el­ling twists or braids is nec­es­sary. It is pos­si­ble to stretch free hair and con­trol shrink­age with curl­form­ers. Hair can dry ful­ly with­in 3–4 hours with curl­form­ers and no heat. Band­ing and African threading/Ghana braids can be used to stretch hair but will be less effec­tive in terms of dry­ing speed as they keep hair com­pact. Often hair will be dry with­in 6–8 hours (i.e overnight). Anoth­er option is to unrav­el the twist, dry the hair fur­ther as in step 3 and then retwist or rebraid. This unravelling/rebraiding needs to be repeat­ed every 30 min-1 hour for faster dry­ing.

If you want your hair dry in under an hour, the only option is to use a hair dry­er, but going through the steps above before using the hair dry­er will help to reduce the heat lev­el and amount of time.

Ladies, how do you air dry your hair?

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Leila Noel­lis­te, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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Mrsgellis65

i use a t-shirt to soak up the excess water and then sit under a dry­er on a cool set­ting for about 30 min­utes. This works well for me.

Chardonnay Jackson

thought i was going to read some­thing dif­fer­ent… washed my hair today. and i am cur­rent­ly tow­el dry­ing my hair. i usu­al­ly put only hair pol­ish­er in my hair after ive washed and con­di­tioned and detan­gled while still in the show­er so the pro­duct runs through­out all of my hair. the shrink­age is ridicu­lous and straight­en­ing takes forever…

Mel Stevens

I want to rec­om­mend a real­ly good shasm­poo and con­di­tion­er, they are from pro nat­u­rals. Check m out, they are made form argan oil and keep the hair nour­ished and frizz-free

faith
I wear Hijab dur­ing the day so I can only wash my hair at night but I do it ear­ly enough to let it dry most­ly nat­u­ral­ly, no tow­els or wraps for thir­ty min­utes then I use Shea mois­ture curl defin­ing lotion let that air dry for anoth­er 30 min­utes then I have a hair dry­ing tow­el I wrap tight­ly and my hair is always dry by morn­ing and the hair lotion keeps it soft and boun­cy I’m more con­cerned as it grows longer (i cut it all off and just start­ed wear­ing my hair nat­u­ral a lit­tle less than… Read more »
Divya
Wrap my hair in a tow­el till my hair stops drip­ping water. And then remove the tow­el, open out my hair com­plete­ly, and sit under a ceil­ing fan on full speed. This helps in air dry­ing my hair faster.  And, as far as pos­si­ble, I wash my hair dur­ing day­time. High­er tem­per­a­tures dur­ing day­time help in nat­u­ral air dry­ing of the hair, as opposed to wash­ing hair at night when tem­per­a­tures are low­er, which caus­es hair to take much more time to air dry.  More­over, my long, thick hair is extreme­ly prone to get­ting tan­gled, so I can’t sleep with my… Read more »
Beauty Salon In San Antonio
For a sexy, side­swept look, work a tex­tur­iz­er through dry hair with a boar bristle brush. Spray a lit­tle hair­spray onto a vent brush and tease hair at the crown for a lit­tle extra height. Then grab that sec­tion and sweep loose­ly back to the side, fas­ten­ing with a flow­er pin acces­so­ry. Mist entire head with a light hair­spray to keep the sexy, tou­sled look work­ing hard all night. You can do dai­ly scalp mas­sages, which will cir­cu­late blood flow to the area. When wash­ing your hair, you should sham­poo twice (the first gut’s the dirt and what not off,… Read more »
Beauty Salon In San Antonio
For a sexy, side­swept look, work a tex­tur­iz­er through dry hair with a boar bristle brush. Spray a lit­tle hair­spray onto a vent brush and tease hair at the crown for a lit­tle extra height. Then grab that sec­tion and sweep loose­ly back to the side, fas­ten­ing with a flow­er pin acces­so­ry. Mist entire head with a light hair­spray to keep the sexy, tou­sled look work­ing hard all night. You can do dai­ly scalp mas­sages, which will cir­cu­late blood flow to the area. When wash­ing your hair, you should sham­poo twice (the first gut’s the dirt and what not off,… Read more »
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I’ve learned sev­er­al impor­tant things via your post. I might also like to state that there may be a sit­u­a­tion that you will have a loan and do not need a cosign­er such as a Fed­er­al gov­ern­ment Stu­dent Sup­port Loan. How­ev­er, if you are get­ting a bor­row­ing arrange­ment through a tra­di­tion­al loan ser­vice then you need to be made ready to have a cosign­er ready to make it eas­ier for you. The lenders can base their deci­sion using a few fac­tors but the great­est will be your cred­it score. There are some loan providers that will addi­tion­al­ly look at your… Read more »
desib

@NubianPrize, LOL! This is the first time I’ve seen some­one else talk about “car dry­ing”. For me it is super-effec­tive too. The wind from the win­dows whip my hair around and not only dries the curls, but gives me vol­ume. I don’t get to com­mute on the free­way every­day for work, but I nev­er thought I would appre­ci­ate those com­mute days…Its turned out to give me real­ly good hair days!

NubianPrize

I do a lot of wash n goes with Kinky­Curly in spring & sum­mer. After putting in the Knot Today & curling cus­tard on sop­ping wet hair, I do a few “wet dog” head­shakes to fling off excess water, put a tow­el around my neck to con­trol drips, get in my car & dri­ve around with all 4 win­dows down doing about 55–60mph. The result­ing wind whip­ping real­ly helps my hair to dry faster & the curls stay defined.

Beauty Tips

you’re in point of fact a good web­mas­ter. The web site load­ing veloc­i­ty is amaz­ing. It sort of feels that you’re doing any unique trick. Fur­ther­more, The con­tents are mas­ter­work. you’ve done a mag­nif­i­cent task on this sub­ject!

rania c

I found open­ing hair while air dry is the best and for me its so fast too :)

LBell
Fun­ny this should come up…I rinsed my hair last night and band­ed it in 8 sec­tions. It’s almost 12 hours lat­er and I can tell some of the front sec­tions are still a lit­tle damp in the mid­dle… :\ My pre­ferred way to air-dry involves 2, 3, 4, and 1, in that order. After using the cot­ton T-shirt to absorb water and pat hair damp, I’ll put it in large twists (usu­al­ly with a leave-in to help in fin­ger-comb­ing) and let it stay until it gets about 50–60% dry. Then I’ll add my styler and stretch it out via braids… Read more »
treece

I give a gen­tle squeeze with a t-shirt, roller­set and cov­er with a mesh net- It’s dry by morn­ing

curious kinks

I just sim­ply wrap my microfiber tow­el around my head to allow the tow­el to absorb the excess water, then pro­ceed to styling.
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Lu

I def­i­nite­ly do num­ber 4 and try to remem­ber to do num­ber 1 but what I do most often, after num­ber 4, is a ten­sion blowdry with a cool blowdry­er. It usu­al­ly takes my hair 48 hours (no joke) to dry unas­sist­ed. That’s fine when wear­ing twists but not twist outs. The ten­sion blow dry shaves off at least 24 hours.

chio

I just let it be.…

Goldeelocks

Awe­some stuff. I hope this speeds up the process for me.

Judith

I am with you Kim I seat under my soft bon­net dry­er with curl­form­ers (knock off veri­on from ebay) for an hour and I am good to go.

Kim

Sit under a cool hood­ed dry­er with pro­duct yields great results and no dam­age and leaves hair sooooo soft. I prefer this method to dry­ing with heat always.

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