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Here's the *real* trick to air drying your hair

 

With your busy sched, you don't always have the time or the energy to blow dry your hair and air-drying basically makes you look like a flat, frizzy mess. We've got the solution to your troubled tresses, GL girls. With a few basic products and techniques, you can have lovely locks—no hairdryer required.

First things first, though. Why air-dry? Well, it eliminates damage caused by using heat products on a regular basis. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, heat application to hair results in damage to the outer cuticle, which leads to flyaways, dulling and even breakage. Check out our hacks below for protecting your mane without sacrificing your style:

1) Dry with a microfiber towel.

Pat your hair gently with this, removing as much water as you can. It not only prevents frizz but also cuts your drying time in half, says Julie Featherman, owner of Juju Salon in Philadelphia. If you can't get your hands on one, a paper towel or t-shirt will also do the trick. P.S.: Drying your soaking strands with a standard bath towel is very damaging to hair because of the coarse texture so be gentle.

2) Comb (or wet brush) it out.

Use a wide tooth comb as soon as you step out of the shower, and again when your hair is partially dry. It's perfect for detangling and isn't as rough on your ends as a regular brush is. You can also try a Wet Brush found at Walgreens.

3) Hair product is necessary!

We love Bumble and Bumble Don't Blow It, found at Sephora. Designed for air-drying, the first-of-its-kind hair cream enhances texture and body for the perfect style. It involves a blend of lightweight polymers that boost hair’s natural texture and add bounce, while a plant-based conditioning blend keeps hair soft and hydrated. Bonus: It's great for *all* hair types!

4) Put it up.

Letting your hair dry in a braid allows for those loose, natural waves you dream of. Or try coiling your wet hair into a bun after applying smoothing serum for the sleekest air-dried look possible.

5) Protect from humidity with weatherproof spray.

Humidity blocking sprays allow for zero stress when it comes to letting your hair dry outside no matter what the forecast. Spritz with the weather proof humidity resistant spray by Big Sexy Hair from Ulta before walking out the door.

What's your best air-drying tip? Let us know in the comments!

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by Cecelia Yost | 9/14/2016
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