How to Make Air-Dried Hair Look Great

By Abby Tolbert /

Unless you’re a Kar-Jenner, we’re going to assume that you don’t have a celebrity hairstylist on speed dial. While a classic blowout is the best way to achieve a silky and smooth ‘do, wrangling a toddler while using heat styling tools is a recipe for disaster. We feel your pain. Here’s how to make your fresh-out-the-shower hair looks less, well… fresh-out-the-shower

Use more product

Sometimes our unruly hair just needs some gentle encouragement. Using products designed for your unique hair type can make the drying process a lot less… unpredictable. Check out our best suggestions for fine hair, for thick hair, and for wavy hair.

Be gentler with your towel

 Remember: you’re drying your hair, not starting a chainsaw. Instead of vigorously rubbing your scalp, try using a squeezing motion to get all of the excess moisture out of your locks. Pro tip: if you like putting your hair up in a towel, try using an old t-shirt next time for a gentler drying process.

Switch up your hair part

 If your hair is long, parting it as you typically do is a surefire way to see flat, lifeless strands. This is because long hair is heavier than you’d think, especially when it’s wet. Use a small amount of volumizing mousse and part your mane on the opposite side of your head for an instant root-pump.

Condition, Condition, Condition

 Even if your hair doesn’t feel dry, it probably could use a little extra moisture. Conditioning your hair using hair masks or leave-in conditioner can make a serious difference when it comes to frizz control. This is especially important if you’re a blonde who relies on purple shampoo, as its extra drying.

Use a Wide-Toothed Comb When Wet

You know your favorite, bright pink paddle brush? Save it for dry styling. Using a wide-toothed comb or your fingers to detangle your hair helps you avoid breakage and frizz.

Use High-Quality Shampoo and Conditioner

Splurging on expensive soap might seem trivial, but it can make all the difference in the health of your hair. For color treated hair, we recommend the Pureology Hydrate line, Matrix Biolage for color treated hair, or Briogeo hydrating shampoo and conditioner.

Enhance your texture

Put your hair in a braid, a bun, or using strategically placed pin curls can add natural waves to your hair. The best part? No heat damage necessary.

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