How to Air-Dry Hair the Right Way

Air-dry your hair confidently and with ease.

You probably never thought there was a right or wrong way to air-dry hair. You just wash, condition and go, right? Well, that’s part of it of this hair care routine, but you also want to make sure that you’re properly conditioning, combing, brushing and finger-combing your hair. Since wet hair can be particularly susceptible to damage, you’ll want to ensure you’re drying properly to keep your locks intact. Plus, this technique is a great way to take respite from your beloved heat styling tools in the summer as you learn how to comfortably wear your natural hair. Now, that’s something we can always get behind.

Read on to discover how to air-dry hair correctly:

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Step 1: Wash and condition your hair.

Use a moisture-rich shampoo and conditioner, like Suave Professionals Coconut + Vanilla Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner.

You can also use a hair mask, like Suave Moisture Mask with Almond + Shea Butter if your hair is especially dry.

Step 2: Apply some leave-in conditioner.

Those with wavy or curly hair can really benefit to use a leave-in conditioner post-shower. Concentrate on the areas that are normally really dry and frizzy after they are dry. Try TRESemmé Pro Pure Detangle and Smooth Leave-In Conditioner: Its formula helps prevent breakage and helps get your hair stronger.

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Step 3: Use a wide-toothed comb.

Then, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle and comb your hair. Make sure to get any knots or tangles along the way. Part your hair as you normally would.

Step 4: Leave your hair down.

Most people tend to put their hair up into a ponytail or a messy bun when they air-dry their locks. Not only does this make the whole process take longer, but it can also take on the imprint of your bun or pony, causing you to lose definition and style in your hair.

Step 5: Finger-scrunch your hair

As your hair dries, scrunch your hair using your fingers. Essentially, this involves using your fingers as it squeezes your hair. This is especially important if you have wavy or curly hair and want to enforce that natural-looking bounce.

Step 6: Smooth out any kinks.

Along the way, you may notice your hair fraying or getting frizzy. For some help to smooth your locks, use Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Hair Seruma formula repairs visible damaging, making your hair smooth and manageable. Plus, it will work to prevent 85% of split ends—score!

Step 7: Wear it with confidence!

Go forth in the world and rock your natural hair type. You may just be amazed how much easier this look is for your lifestyle and how much you actually love wearing your hair just the way it is.

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