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Gorgeous air-dried hair doesn’t just happen. It starts with the right cut, takes a step in the right direction with the right tips and comes to fruition with the right products. Here’s everything you need to know to look amazing.
THE CUT: The cut you get is crucial and really depends on your hair type. Though there are always variations that should come into play when your face and body features are considered, your hair type should be the greatest influence in determining the style that will best work for you. In general:
- Straight limp hair looks best when it is at shoulder level or above with blunt ends to boost the appearance of thickness.
- Bangs and/or long, face-framing layers will give the illusion of thicker hair as well, however, if you have straight, thick hair you’ll thrive with layers that are diagonally cut to soften your look and allow the layers to blend nicely.
- If you have wavy hair, avoid overly blunt cuts which can air-dry bushy and ask for jagged layers.
- Those with curly hair need to hold onto their length to weigh it down a bit. Long layers throughout work well but shouldn’t be shorter than your lips.
- Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to prevent frizzing, often a problem for those who air-dry.
- Post-shower, gently squeeze out excess water from your hair by using a paper towel instead of a regular cloth towel which can rough up the cuticle and cause hair to frizz.
- If your hair is fine, use a leave-in conditioner spritzed mid-shaft through ends and raked through with a wide-toothed comb to give your hair the control it needs without weighing it down. If you’d like to create a bit of bend, gently scrunch ends while drying.
- Fine or thick hair can get gorgeous Gisele-like waves by air-drying. If your hair is fine, after your leave-in conditioner is applied, twist 1 to 2-inch sections of hair into buns and secure with bobby pins. If your hair is thick, use a conditioning styling cream from mid-shaft through ends and twist 3-inch sections into buns before securing with bobby pins. Either way, release pins when hair is dry and gently comb your fingers throughout. *You can also play around a bit for different results. Simply twist your hair into a high, medium or low bun and release when dry.
- If your hair dries into natural ringlets, you’ll keep them frizz-free and tamed by coating with a moisturizing styling balm while hair is still damp. You can also mix in a bit of styling gel before applying if you’d prefer more hold. Do not touch hair while it is drying.
OGX Coconut Curls Shampoo and Conditioner ($8 each) quench your hair with the moisture it needs to fortify your strands. They’re super hydrating, nourishing, prevent frizz and won’t weigh your hair down, plus you’ll love the fresh coconut lime scent. Made with coconut oil, sweet honey and citrus oil, for beautiful, bouncy, healthy hair.
Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray ($20) nourishes with protective rosehip, powerful argan and penetrating coconut oils to boost hair’s strength, softness and moisture levels. The non-greasy, lightweight formula diminishes frizz, locks in moisture and adds super shine.
Qhemet Biologics Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter ($18) is formulated with Pure Olive Oil, Rice Oil, and Mango Butter to soften, Plant Wax to reduce frizz and provide hold and Soy Extract for added moisture. To use, apply a dime-sized amount to palms, rub hands together to evenly distribute and work through damp or dry hair. It can also be used before twisting sections of hair or braiding strands.
NOTE: All products were sent for review. Opinions are my own.