5 Tips to Nailing the Perfect Air Dry
We are all after that wash-and-go look—the kind that has volume, the right amount of frizz and that girl-next-door bounce.
It might sound unachievable, but the perfect air dry is possible. Especially now that we're all spending more time at home, there isn't a better time to give your hair a break from the hot tools.
Ahead, our five tips for achieving the perfect air dry so you can wash-and-go like a pro.
1. Use the Right Shampoo for Your Hair Type
Now is not the time to use just any ol' shampoo in your shower. To achieve a great air dry, you need to use the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type. Figure out whether your hair is fine, medium or thick, and then pick your shampoo accordingly. Fine hair, for example, won't bode well with shampoos and conditioners meant for thicker hair types because it will make the hair look greasy and weighed down.
2. Dry With Microfiber Towel
A microfiber towel will totally change your air-dry game. Not only is it more gentle on your hair, it also dries the hair quicker and helps avoid frizz.
3. Brush Properly
This is an essential step—once you've finished towel-drying, comb your hair through. If you have straight hair, use a paddle brush; if you have wavy hair, opt for a wide-toothed comb; and curly hair types can gently rake through with their fingers.
4. Add Product
Product can make all the difference. Straight hair types do well with a light oil on the ends, wavy hair works well with an oil-lotion hybrid, and curly hair loves mousse.
5. Don't Touch It
It sounds simple, but this is the most crucial step—once you've air-dried, combed and applied product, don't touch it! The more you touch it, the frizzier it will become. Leave it be and wait for your best air-dry ever.
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