The upside of spending more time at home last year was learning to live with a low maintenance routine. Sure, we may have spent more time practicing self-care with face masks, bubble baths, and finding other relaxing ways to unwind, but it also showed us that we can’t get back the time we spend blow-drying our hair. If you still haven’t perfected the air-dry,
Ahead, the best way to air-dry your hair without frizz or flyaways.
Heat-damaged hair is more prone to frizz and flyaways, so before you even get in the shower, nip damage in the bud by using a hydrating hair mask. David Mallett’s plant-protein formula feels as luxurious as anything you’d get at a hair salon that targets your hair at a molecular level to replenish and repair. While you can apply to clean, towel-dried hair and leave it on for 5-10 minutes, we recommend applying it to dry hair pre-shower, then leaving it on for up to 30 minutes for the best results. Just rinse with warm water and continue with your in-shower routine.
What you do while in the shower matters more than you’d think. In addition to finding the right shampoo (like this clarifying one, or this one by SEEN that cares for your scalp like skin), it’s important to apply conditioner the right way. No matter which one you choose, make sure you apply it from mid-lengths to the tip. Then after you put conditioner in, run a comb (like this one from Mason Pearson) through your hair. Start at the ends and work your way up through any knots, careful not to rip through them but to gradually loosen them up. Make sure you get them all out though, since you likely won’t want to brush your hair again until it’s dry to reduce frizz.
Once your hair’s about 90% dry, take it out of whatever style it’s in. If your hair is super curly or textured, now’s a good time to add a bit of Hair Oil to the ends. If it’s straight or wavy, you might want to brush it out—being sure to use a paddle or nylon bristle brush that’s meant for dry hair. Of course, if it looks great as is, just leave it!
Et voila! You’ve now successfully cut half an hour off your hair routine. What will you do with all your newfound free time?