* All you need are 3 products, and fingers. Yep, fingers.
If I’m to be completely honest about my hair, I would say that my hair “style” is usually a result of laziness. Since I couldn’t care less if my hair is in a bun or perfectly blow dried I NEVER put time aside to dry it. Never! That is why I started air drying it this summer, and now I can’t stop.
From here on out, I will be trying to convince you to air dry your own hair, so if you already do so just skip this next part and go directly to my step by step recommendations; down below.
So if you don’t already air dry your hair from time to time, whats wrong with you? Air drying isn’t only for the lazy and incompetent, there are others who benefit. Say you’re running late, or it’s very humid and you don’t want to sweat right after your shower. What if you’re on vacation and you want to look “effortless”? Perhaps you are stranded on an island and all you brought was leave in conditioner?
There are many reasons why somebody would want to air dry their hair and believe me when I tell you that you can do so and not look homeless. With a few simple steps, and attention to which products you’re using you too can embrace the air drying trend!
Step 1: Deep Conditioning
If you condition your hair after your shampoo it will weigh it down, and the whole point here is to let it get a bit fluffy and take on a natural wave. I like to deep condition my hair before I shower. I rely on hair masks because they really get the job done. My favorite hair mask of all time is PHYTO Phytokératine Extrême Exceptional Mask. I’ve been using this mask for about 9 years. It is a deep conditioner that doesn’t leave your hair greasy. That’s all you need to know when air drying.
Step 2: Squeaky Clean Hair, remember NO conditioner
Use your favorite shampoo and make sure you rinse it out. Bonus points if you use a volumizing shampoo. Double bonus points if you use a shampoo that’s designed to give you beach waves. Such as LUSH Seanik. Seanik contains sea salt, which gives you hair tons of volume and shine. LUSH says it gives you “big beachy hair”, I have used this shampoo several times and I can attest to that.
Step 3: Leave-In-Spray
Two words; Sea Salt! Its great on salads but also great for your hair. This is the air drying secret weapon. I discovered this while living in Wales, in a constantly rainy and humid climate. Sea Salt spray will change your life! I previously used a sea salt spray that was more of a hair spray, but I found it made my hair too stiff. This summer I discovered the magical powers of KMS Hairplay Sea Salt Spray and wow! It contains salt from the Dead Sea and has a matte finish. It won’t make your hair stiff, but it still provides great hold for those naturally occurring air dried waves. I spray it while my hair is wet, but you can also use it on dry hair.
Step 4: Chill & Enjoy
As in literally chill, don’t go outside into heat or humidity for about twenty min. Put on your make up and finish getting ready, keep the front part of your hair pinned back during this time (it helps reduce cowlicks). This is where the fingers come in. You want to fluff and tousle your hair a bit during the drying process. Unleash your inner Valley Girl, just for about an hour or so.
Do you air dry your hair? What products do you use to reduce frizz, or to enhance waves? Please feel free to share your own tips.