6 Tips for Air-Drying Your Hair Beautifully

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You know what my favorite thing to do on a blazing hot summer day is? Blow-dry my hair. Oh man, nothing like that fiery blast of Satan's breath on my head when it's 100 degrees outside, right? Yeahhhhh ... no. There are some days when you just have to give the blow dryer a rest and dry your hair the old-fashioned way. With plain old regular air. But there are a few tricks to wrangling your mane into a style you'll like, and keeping it frizz-free. Here are 6 air-drying tips we recommend.


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  • Pat, Don't Rub Dry

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    The Gloss has lots of great tips for air-drying your hair without going frizzy, but this is probably the most important one: Gently pat your locks with a towel, don't rub. Also, twisting it up into a towel turban like this can damage it, so don't.

  • The T-Shirt Dry

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    Even better than ever-so-gently pat-drying your hair with a towel is drying it with a t-shirt. Experts say a t-shirt will remove all the excess water from your hair but still leave some of the moisture your hair needs to avoid frizziness. Also, a towel's material can be a bit rougher on your hair than the jersey of a cotton t-shirt. So! Here's how Makeup.com says you t-shirt dry your hair:

    1. After washing your hair, take a cotton tee and use it to gently wring out any excess water.

    2. Flip your hair over and bend at the waist. Pull your hair through the opening of your t-shirt so that the opening stretches around your hairline.

    3. Twist the t-shirt, turban style, loosely around your hair to the end and tuck it underneath the opening at the nape of your neck. (You're twisting the t-shirt, not your hair with it.)

    4. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, undo, and style as usual.

  • Tuck for Face-Framing Curls

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    GoldfishKiss.com has a great idea for helping your hair to dry attractively while you're at the beach. "Tuck the hair around your face behind your ears until it is dry. When it's dry, untuck and you will have a natural face framing curl. (This works insanely well. Total life saver.)"

  • Use a Moisturizing Product

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    To keep the frizz down it helps to use some sort of leave-in conditioning product. I just use a tiny bit of argan oil (with some geranium or jasmine oil). Carrot oil works great. Goldfish Kiss recommends Moroccanoil or biosilk. The Gloss recommends Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream-Gel for curls or Dove Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum for straight. Oh yeah, we're all still obsessed with coconut oil, which will give your hair a tropical scent to boot.

    Moroccanoil™ Treatment, $14.80, Nordstrom

  • Do a Loose French Braid

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    Feeling brave about a little hair experiment? Try French-braiding your hair LOOSELY and letting it dry into waves. Here's a tutorial on French-braiding your hair.

  • Do the Twist

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    An alternative to the loose braid is the twist. Either pull your hair back into one twist at the back of your hair, or part your hair down the center in the back and twist hair on either side away from your ears. Pin into rolls and let dry that way, Princess Leia-style.

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