How To Air-Dry Your Hair So It Never Looks Frizzy Again

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Nobody wants to fire up an 1,800-watt blow-dryer when it’s 90 degrees out. But air-drying (even minus the car window) seems a recipe for unruly curls or for strands as flat as this screen. That’s why we went to pros who style their own hair unplugged—and who, no matter your texture, can teach you how to beat the heat too.

First things first, make sure you’re using the right towel: The microfiber towel is an air-dryer’s dream! Because the ultrafine fibers are stitched more tightly together, it dries hair five times faster than a cotton number and minimizes frizz by limiting friction between strands. Try Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Towel

CURLY
Frizz is the single biggest problem for curls when air-drying. Because spirals are drier than other textures (hydrating scalp oil doesn’t slide down a coiled strand as easily as it does a pin-straight one), the H2O from humid air can swell the cuticle and send hairs a-flyin’. No fretting! By moisturizing at every step of your routine, you can keep strands ultrasmooth and show the fuzz who’s boss.

CONAIR WIDE TOOTH COMB
Pre-shower, work through dry hair with a wide-tooth comb, starting at the bottom and moving up. Water breaks down the hydrogen bonds in hair, resetting your curl pattern—so if you comb post-shower, you’re just begging for frizz.

RENPURE COCONUT MINT CURLY CLEANSING CONDITIONER
Reach for a co-wash with a frizz-inhibiting surfactant, such as cetrimonium chloride, and mega-moisturizing ingredients like coconut and argan oils; it’ll cleanse without drying out hair.

SUAVE PROFESSIONALS COCONUT OIL INFUSION DAMAGE REPAIR OIL TREATMENT
Out of the shower, pat this all over (don’t rake! it’ll break up curls). Tweak the amount of oil based on your hair’s thickness: thin twists need a quarter size; coarser coils, a poker chip.

VIRTUE THE ONE FOR ALL 6-IN-1 STYLER
Follow the oil with a keratin-infused cream, scrunching in a dollop from top to bottom; it gives curls hold without crispiness (avoid gels and mousses for this reason). Plus, a smoother hair surface leaves curls looking glossy.

WAVY
Often mistaken as “curls lite,” waves actually require an approach all their own. Wavy girls become product dependent: Too much creates a crunchy effect; too little gives no definition. We have the just-right prescription.

Nobody wants to fire up an 1,800-watt blow-dryer when it’s 90 degrees out. But air-drying (even minus the car window) seems a recipe for unruly curls or for strands as flat as this screen. That’s why we went to pros who style their own hair unplugged—and who, no matter your texture, can teach you how to beat the heat too.

First things first, make sure you’re using the right towel: The microfiber towel is an air-dryer’s dream! Because the ultrafine fibers are stitched more tightly together, it dries hair five times faster than a cotton number and minimizes frizz by limiting friction between strands. Try Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Towel ($30, sephora.com).

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CURLY
How to air dry curly hair
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CURLY
Frizz is the single biggest problem for curls when air-drying. Because spirals are drier than other textures (hydrating scalp oil doesn’t slide down a coiled strand as easily as it does a pin-straight one), the H2O from humid air can swell the cuticle and send hairs a-flyin’. No fretting! By moisturizing at every step of your routine, you can keep strands ultrasmooth and show the fuzz who’s boss.

Conair Wide Tooth Comb
Conair Wide Tooth Comb
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CONAIR WIDE TOOTH COMB
Pre-shower, work through dry hair with a wide-tooth comb, starting at the bottom and moving up. Water breaks down the hydrogen bonds in hair, resetting your curl pattern—so if you comb post-shower, you’re just begging for frizz.

Buy it: $4, at drugstores

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Renpure Coconut Mint Curly Cleansing Conditioner
Renpure Coconut Mint Curly Cleansing Conditioner
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RENPURE COCONUT MINT CURLY CLEANSING CONDITIONER
Reach for a co-wash with a frizz-inhibiting surfactant, such as cetrimonium chloride, and mega-moisturizing ingredients like coconut and argan oils; it’ll cleanse without drying out hair.

Buy it: $8, walgreens.com

Suave Professionals Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Oil Treatment
Suave Professionals Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Oil Treatment
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SUAVE PROFESSIONALS COCONUT OIL INFUSION DAMAGE REPAIR OIL TREATMENT
Out of the shower, pat this all over (don’t rake! it’ll break up curls). Tweak the amount of oil based on your hair’s thickness: thin twists need a quarter size; coarser coils, a poker chip.

Buy it: $6, walmart.com

Try this homemade hair moisturizer:

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Virtue The One For All 6-in-1 Styler
Virtue The One For All 6-in-1 Styler
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VIRTUE THE ONE FOR ALL 6-IN-1 STYLER
Follow the oil with a keratin-infused cream, scrunching in a dollop from top to bottom; it gives curls hold without crispiness (avoid gels and mousses for this reason). Plus, a smoother hair surface leaves curls looking glossy.

Buy it: $36, virtuelabs.com

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How to air dry wavy hair
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Often mistaken as “curls lite,” waves actually require an approach all their own. Wavy girls become product dependent: Too much creates a crunchy effect; too little gives no definition. We have the just-right prescription.

Playa Every Day Shampoo and Supernatural Conditioner
Playa Every Day Shampoo and Supernatural Conditioner
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PLAYA EVERY DAY SHAMPOO AND SUPERNATURAL CONDITIONER
The ‘poo contains a gentle surfactant derived from coconuts; the conditioner uses brassica and copaiba oils to smooth but not smother hair.

WET BRUSH MINI POP FOLD DETANGLER IN ROSE GOLD
Post-condition, run a flexible-bristle brush through strands to undo tangles (sans breakage). Perk: this gadget folds up to the size of an early-aughts flip phone.

LIVING PROOF PERFECT HAIR DAY IN-SHOWER STYLER
Work this water-activated styling cream through strands after you brush ’em. It creates tiny bumpers between hairs. This separation helps volumize and define waves.

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