A natural beauty lover, the last thing I want is a blow dryer blasting hot air through my tresses.
So how have I learned to achieve perfectly-tamed tresses without giving into the blow dryer?
Read on to find out how to naturally dry your hair without heat for the perfect hairstyle to bring you straight to the office and back in time for sunset.
By: Emily Dinenberg
Squeeze Your Hair Dry
Believe it or not, the key to drying your hair better and faster begins before you even leave the shower. It’s likely your towel isn’t going to absorb all of the moisture in your hair.
After rinsing out your shampoo and conditioner, gently squeeze your hair starting just off the scalp and working downwards. Be careful not to wring out your hair, as it will cause breakage and split ends. Your end result should be a slightly damp head ready to slick up in a bun, air dry, or continue with the methods below!
For a more in-depth tutorial on how to squeeze-dry hair, watch this video.
Switch to Microfiber Products
The key to no-heat dry hair can also be as simple as switching out your usual tools for products with microfiber. Microfibers are synthetic fibers approximately 1/100th the diameter of a human hair. They’re typically constructed by combining polyester and polyamide. This mix allows its products to be made with different enhanced characteristics, including absorption!
One way to use microfibers to dry your hair is by investing in a microfiber towel. Unlike terrycloth towels, which leads to friction and frizz against the grain of your hair when drying, microfiber towels remove excess water from your hair. They also retain important moisture necessary to keep it smooth and healthy. Because the fibers themselves are smaller, the thinner material allows for faster absorption, cutting your drying time almost in half!
Microfibers can also be found in brushes! The absorbency of the microfiber bristles with suck out any excess moisture, leaving your hair smooth and dry.
Looking to add some moisture back into your hair after it has dried? Check out how you can use Aloe Vera to quench your hair!
Those with curlier hair are probably familiar with the plopping method to create smooth and defined curls. But the process can also be used for all naturally-dry hair types, in addition to adding some volume.
Instead of using a terry cloth towel, you can opt for a plain old t-shirt! The t-shirts absorb water quickly. They allow you to leave your hair up to dry while you get ready for the day. Then you can take it out before you walk out the door!
Here are steps to plopping your hair:
- After stepping out of the shower, squeeze out excess moisture, and add in any hair products, such as leave in-conditioner or serums that you’d typically use (we love Alchemy 27!).
- Lay your t-shirt on a flat surface and lean down so your hair lays in the center of the shirt. Place the bottom of the shirt at the nape of your neck and tie the sleeves in a knot.
- Flip your head back, standing upright. Tuck in any loose ends and tighten the knot as is comfortable.
- Leave your hair up for 10 to 20 minutes, then let your hair down and air-dry and style any way you’d like.
For more detailed instructions on how to plop your hair, check out this video!
Sometimes you get out of the shower and would rather sit around in your towel than fix your hair. On days like this, there’s nothing wrong with embracing the old-fashioned air-dry technique.
You can naturally dry your hair by leaving the window down on your morning commute and let the wind blow dry your hair, or take a walk with friends and let the sun do its work. To step up your air-drying game, try incorporating a few of these tricks to get a flawless finish without the extra drying steps.
- After stepping out of the shower, apply a detangling spray to your scalp and run through it with a wide-tooth comb.
- Add a sea salt spray to your damp hair and scrunch it, giving you a “just stepped off the beach” look.
If you want even more ways to save your hair and even your skin, read about some of Kimberly’s favorite hair and skincare tips!
Sometimes its hard for your hair to adjust to a new routine. If you absolutely must use the blow dryer, check out this article on how to blow dry natural hair, to get your hair dry while also maintaining its health! Regardless of the drying method you choose, it’s always nice to embrace your natural hair and give your hot tools a much-needed vacation every once and a while.
Have any other non-heat hair drying techniques? Let us know how you ditch the dryer and naturally dry your hair in the comments below!