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I’ll just come out and say it: I hate blow drying my hair. I can’t stand it. It makes me hot and sweaty, and those are two things I don’t want to be feeling after showering. And since I have such thick hair, it just takes way too long.
But since I let my hair air dry, I have to put in some work to get it to look good naturally. Every time I wash my hair, my goal is to not have to touch up with any type of styling once it’s dry. How do I get away with it? Using the right products to help moisturize and define.
Watch the video above for my full air drying routine.
Step 1: Hydrate In The Shower
After shampooing, I use a deep conditioner to kick some intense hydration into my hair, which is pivotal when you want it to look great naturally. The SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque is great for the job, since it’s made with Natural and Certified Organic ingredients like sea kelp to seal and smooth the hair cuticles, argan oil to restore shine and elasticity, and shea butter to deeply moisturize. It’s meant for damaged or transitioning hair, but is just the right amount of strong for my thick mane.
Step 2: Towel Dry the Right Way
Straight out of the shower, I wring my hair out with my hands, and then use a micro-fiber towel to press out the water. Normal terry-cloth towels are too rough and are known to cause frizziness when using them to dry your hair. If you don’t have a micro-fiber towel around, use a clean t-shirt to absorb as much moisture as possible.
Step 3. Tame Tangles
Next, I have to brush out the tangles. There is a lot of mixed advice in terms of brushing your hair post-shower, but with my thick hair, letting it dry with knots physically hurts my scalp. Since your hair is most vulnerable to breakage when it’s wet, it’s extremely important to use a brush specifically meant for detangling with flexible bristles. Some of my favorites are the Wet Brush or the Cricket Ultra Smooth Detangling Brush.
Step 4. Style & Define
While my hair is still damp, I make it a point to apply a moisturizing styling product. It has to be just the right consistency— not too thick so my hair isn’t weighed down, moisturizing enough to hydrate thirsty ends, and with a little hold to help define my natural shape. SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie fits the bill perfectly. It contains coconut oil for extra hydration, silk protein to smooth the hair for a silky feel, and neem oil to control frizz. I find that the light hold is enough to keep my curls from falling without changing the texture of my hair.
Step 5. Finishing Touches
After your hair is completely dry, add any finishing touches to complete the look. I like to run my fingers through the dried coils to break them up and make my hair look fuller. If needed, you can use a little bit of the Curl Enhancing Smoothie to re-define any curls that may have fallen or dried funky.
When I follow this air dry routine, I’m left with manageable hair and defined curls that are healthy and beautiful without the need for heat styling. I’m able to focus on getting my day started and avoid damage, making my hair feel better every day!
The quality ingredients in the SheaMoisture products definitely make the process easier. What you won’t find in SheaMoisture products are sulfates, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic colors which are all notoriously enemies of our hair (so stay away from them for the rest of your routine, too!) I had no idea, but you can actually get the brand’s hair care in the general market hair care aisle of Walmart— just found out about that on a recent makeup-run to the store.
Find out more about picking the right products for your hair routine on SheaMoisture’s website— I dare you to cocktail products from different lines together like I did to find your custom hair care solution. Plus, get $2 off their products with Ibotta… they’re already affordable to begin with but extra cash off? That’s what I’m talking about!
What’s your best trick to air dry hair?