There's absolutely no doubt about how great heat styling is. It allows us to create any hairstyle we want, even if the hair we start with bears little or no resemblance to the 'do we end up with. That said, if you're using heat regularly, you should give your mane a break every so often and switch to air drying. To get the best results without a blowdryer, check out the styling tips below!
Letting your hair dry naturally is one of the best ways to create undone, tousled waves with naturally straight or wavy locks. Simply spritz damp hair with a wave enhancing spray and pin it up into a loose low bun to dry. Don't twist the hair too tightly or the strands in the middle will stay damp.
For smooth, defined curls, try plopping your hair rather than drying it with a diffuser. The process requires wrapping your hair in a cotton t shirt and allowing it to sit there for as long as it takes to dry, for some people that's half an hour, for others it can be all night.
To help your curls along, apply a curling mousse or cream before wrapping them up.
When it's humid outside, air drying your hair becomes a one-way ticket to frizztown, unless you stop the fuzz with a smoothing product. After towel drying your hair, apply a smoothing styling cream, comb it through from roots to ends, and tuck your mane behind your ears.
Damp hair is more vulnerable to damage than dry hair, so you need to be extra careful with it. Avoid using hair elastics of any kind, and take care not to pull or stretch your strands while they dry. If you absolutely have to detangle it, use a wide-tooth comb instead of a hairbrush.