6 Genius Ways to Air Dry Your Hair Faster
Leaving your hair to air-dry in the summer is both easy and time-saving; you can literally just wash and go. But come the colder winter months, leaving the house with wet hair is miserable. The thing is that for many, especially if you have wavy or curly hair, air-drying is the only way to guarantee you will avoid the dreaded frizz. For others who could blow-dry their hair but choose not to, air-drying is less faff than wrestling with a round brush and a hair dryer. It also means you can hit snooze a couple more times, which in the depths of winter is practically a necessity. So how can you air-dry in winter? You need to speed up the process so your hair is almost dry before you set foot outside the house. Below, we reveal six smart tricks that will speed up your air-drying time—dare we say even cut it in half. Keep scrolling to see eight of our genius and totally effective tricks.
Sephora Tidy Detangling Comb (£7)
Here’s something we bet you didn’t know: Conditioner not only smoothes your strands but it can also help them dry faster, too. The silicones coat each strand and seal it down, repelling water in the process. Now for a beauty editor tip: Keep a wide-toothed comb inside your shower, and always, always comb through when applying conditioner to ensure an even application. Trust us—you’ll see the difference.
Aquis Lisse Hair Towel (£35)
News flash: Your towel (and the technique you adopt) isn’t doing your hair any favours, especially in the drying department. That excessive back-and-forth rubbing is only roughing up your hair cuticle, so skip it in favour of squeezing with a soft microfibre towel instead; the softer texture soaks up twice as much water without frizzing up your strands. You can wrap it up, turban style, while you do your makeup or simply squeeze gently and allow to air-dry, depending on your hair texture. Don’t have a snazzy microfibre towel to hand? “Use a pillow case instead! The fibres are much finer than those found in a normal bath towel and cause less frizz,” suggests Rob Fitch, a principal stylist at Josh Wood Atelier.
If you have curly hair, we’ve got a time-saving trick for you ahead…
Calling all curly-haired readers, if you don’t already, you need to start plopping. Incorporating this oddly named technique will help your curls dry faster and ensure they retain their natural shape (read: no frizz to see here). Here’s how to do it: First, saturate your wet strands with a leave-in conditioner or styling cream. Then, take a cotton T-shirt and lay it on a flat surface with the neck and sleeves closest to you (your bed is a safe bet). Next, stand over the T-shirt and flip your hair over so your hair is “plopping” onto the fabric. Grab the bottom of the shirt and hold it at the nape of your neck, roll the rest of the T-shirt toward your face, and tie the sleeves in a knot. Leave this on for 10 to 20 minutes as you finish the rest of your morning routine, then just shake out your curls. Here’s a visual guide.
Too Faced Color Drenched Lipstick (£18)
Once your hair is up in a towel turban or T-shirt, get to work applying your makeup or sitting down to breakfast. And, you will laugh, but if you can do this sitting by a radiator then that extra heat will help speed up the process even more. If your hair is frizz-prone, you’ll want to keep it wrapped up right until you’re ready to leave the house.
Goody Goody Quick Style Paddle Brush (£21)
Thanks to its multitasking abilities we are completely and utterly obsessed with the Goody Quick Style Paddle Brush (£21). In between the bristles are microfibres (yep, just like the ones in the fast-drying towel). It detangles as you brush it through your hair, while the spongy fabric mops up any residual water. Genius!
Remember how conditioner repels water? Well, maximise that result by working a little Bumble and bumble Don’t Blow It (£23) through your hair. It contains polymers and plant-based conditioners to repel water to help speed up the air-drying process, plus, these ingredients also fight frizz with a dry, touchable finish. And you’re good to go.