Let’s face it; no one likes damaged, frizzy hair. Without doubt, air drying is the least damaging way to dry your locks. Plus, it leaves your tresses feeling super soft and smooth. Letting your hair dry naturally takes less effort, is better for the environment and better for your hair.
After all, life is too short to have boring hair and one should make every hair flip count. So treat your hair with some love as it is important in our self-image.
So now, less is more...
To make sure you’re getting the best out of your hair, here are a few simple tips and say hello to naturally healthier hair whilst also looking fabulous.
Skip The Shampoo
Shampoo can strip the hair of its natural oils, leaving it prone to those pesky fly-away's - stick to conditioner. Try to cut down to shampooing just once or twice per week with a shampoo designed to tackle frizz. For extra softness and hydration, apply a hair mask with coconut oil once a week.
Comb Hair In Shower
Ditch the brush and invest in a wide-tooth comb to use in the shower. Why? Brushing your hair after towel-drying can encourage frizz can damage your locks over time. Plus, brushing through tangles with a comb in the shower is super easy, especially if you leave your conditioner in.
Cutting your hair stimulates the growing stage and keeps your hair healthier for longer by cutting the deadest parts of your hair off - i.e. the ends.
Don’t Towel Dry, Just Apply Product
There's a big difference between putting your hair into a towelling turban and using said towel to dry hair completely. Towel drying can pull your hair and danage it, as well as preventing your hair from hair absorbing the moisture of the water. To avoid frizz, never rub your hair against your towel. For maximum softness, throw your hair straight into a microfibre hair towel, leave in for around 15 minutes, and then take out and gently comb through with your fingers. Once you've done this, it's time to apply those all-important products. Use a leave-in conditioner for added softness, or apply a nourishing serum or hair oil.
Style Like A Pro
Now it’s time to style! For a natural tousled look, just braid your hair and secure with elastic hair bands until dry. Apply a spritz of shine spray for a glossy finish.
For a classic pin-up look or simply a glamour wave look, try pin curls. Section your hair in a way which pleases you, I would recommend 3 vertical sections. This helps your curls to be more uniform and clean.
Part your hair and begin to section off. Take a smaller section about an inch to an inch and a half square. One section at a time, twirl the hair from ends to roots and secure in place with clips. Continue this process until you have completed all sections.
Leave the curls secured in place until your hair feels thoroughly dry or else the curls will not stay. If you like, you can wrap your hair in a silk scarf or hair net and sleep on it overnight to ensure that it's completely dry.
Remove all the pins and finger through the curls to smooth them. The best way to break up your curls is to shake your head upside down or by placing your hands underneath your hair, just behind your ears, and shaking it out at the root. This will prevent you from disrupting the curl too much and allows the hair to fall much more naturally.
For beautifully defined waves, why not try some bendy rollers? These handy little things can be left in for a few hours until your hair has dried, or overnight for extra defined curls.
Similarly to pin curling techniques, you will need to section the hair for your curls to be cleaner and more uniform. Three vertical sections is preferable. Start with your mohawk section at the front of your head and work down to the base. Take a section of hair and comb it with the roller from root to tip. At the tip, start rolling the roller down until the roller reaches the scalp. Secure in place and continue this process.
The rest of the process is identical to the pin-curling process as they're both wet-set hairstyles.
You can combine both pin-curling and rollers for a personalised look. This might also make sleeping more comfortable as wearing rollers are not always the most comfortable feeling.
My Hair Routine
My hair routine varies. If I plan on using heated styling tools to dress my hair, then I will typically air dry my hair for minimal damage. However, I won't use using heated styling tools and blow dry my hair to style it as I don't want to hurt my precious locks. I often wait until my hair is practically dry before I start using a blowdryer. This is so I can minimise the amount of heat I will have to use on my hair to avoid damage.
I have thick middle-eastern hair so it needs to be tamed. Too many curls can make me look like a poodle and I am fighting that battle with frizz with serum. I get regular trims and I try to use a hair mask as often as possible
I use a mask every 3-4 weeks. A hair mask should be applied to damp shampooed hair; it is also preferable to use steam on your hair or use a hot towel on your head. This is to optimise the mask's effects by opening your hair cuticle. This benefits the conditioning effects as it allows the mask to perforate the hair shaft. Apply the mask evenly throughout your hair - it is preferable to section your hair to apply the mask piece by piece. Massage the product in from the roots to the tips then use a wide-tooth comb through your hair. Leave the product on for the recommended time on the manufacturers instructions - however, it is often best to leave it as long as possible. Finally its rinsing time, do not use shampoo, just rinse with water (preferably cool water to lock in the moisture and to prevent any damage).
The way I see it, as long as you're good to your hair, your hair will be good to you back.