Going from fully heat styling your hair to learning to air dry it can be daunting. I still don’t have it 100% figured out, but I’ll walk through how I manage to do it for the majority of my hair washing days. Even if you don’t fully let your hair dry naturally, getting it at least 80-90% air dried before going in with a blow dryer is extremely beneficial. Just like lips get dry in the winter, hair does the same thing. Don’t go out without giving it some protection! Even when I do blow dry, I prefer to use this method to get it almost all the way dry on it’s own.
So it’s hair washing day. My hair has been up all day in either a low pony or messy bun and looks pretty shitty. As soon as I’m home from work I wash my hair to have the maximum amount of time possible for it to dry before I go to bed. Wash, comb, turbie, more combing, then lightweight products are the steps of my routine.
Biolage Shampoo & Conditioner / Matrix Biolage brand has always seemed seems to work well for my hair. Both my shampoo and conditioner ran out within a week of each other…gotta love when that happens. It wasn’t awful timing though because I got the Biolage 3Butter products from Influenster. I’ve switched both steps to the same brand now, which is kind of fun because I get to see how they work together. This is 100% the best box I’ve been picked for because I’m loving these. My hair is super dry so “butter” anything is greatly beneficial. They smell good and make my hair shiny and bouncy so I’m happy.
Bambu Silicon Mix / Once every couple weeks I do this in addition to my conditioner. Silicone isn’t ideal to use constantly on your hair- it doesn’t add much moisture and the coat of silicone blocks products like nice oils from doing truly soaking in. What silicone can do though, is make your hair crazy easy to brush through, fill in the damaged cuticle so it feels thicker, and makes it SHINE. One of those pros and cons list things… Doing it every once in awhile hasn’t hurt me so far. I swear by using a wide tooth comb to run conditioner through my hair in the shower. After every product I apply, I run it through my hair to distribute everything thoroughly.
Turbie Twist / Once I’ve given my hair a gentle squeeze with a towel I throw it up in my Turbie Twist. It’s much lighter than walking around with a huge body towel wrapped up on my head. It won’t fall off so I can do chores, cook, lay around, whatever without getting annoyed. The microfiber fabric helps dry my hair quickly.
Wet Brush / After a few hours in the Turbie Twist I let my hair out and comb through it with a wide tooth comb or my Wet Brush. The Wet Brush is nice because it somehow glides through. I have long thick hair so if it works for me it will work for you. I used to use the Tangle Teaser but a Wet Brush is SO much better. It’s great for brushing dry hair too.
Keratin Spray / Leave in product time! These are all picked specifically for air drying because they don’t leave the feeling of product build- up. I start with a light spray of Ion Keratin. After each product goes on I comb it all through.
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In Spray / This has been around forever for a reason. I find it extremely strengthening and softening. I linked the Sally Beauty generic version I love.
Biolage Matrix Moisturizing Day Cream / I add a little of this to the ends of my hair.
Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil / A little of this lightweight oil goes a long way and never weighs down my hair. Any hair oil works, but this one is my favorite because of the super thin consistency.
Scrunchie / Once all the leave in stuff is in, I wear my hair down as long as possible. Right before bed I put my hair in a high pony. This keeps it from getting all tangled up and helps my effort to decrease the messy weird waves that form around the back of my head. Putting it on the top of my head lifts my roots a bit too.
If it’s not fully dry by the morning I put a bit of Bumble & Bumble surf spray in. It makes my hair smell amazing all day and gives it some grip without heaviness. Like I said, even if you have the need to go in with a hair dryer, try to get your hair to the point where it’s at least 80% dry. You’ll still be able to get rid of any frizz and style it the way you want to, but you’ve given it some time to absorb leave in products and you aren’t zapping the moisture out of it right away.
If keeping your hair from getting greasy is something you struggle with, put a little dry shampoo or texturizing spray in the roots as soon as it’s fully dry. You’re giving it something to absorb before oil even has the chance to work it’s way in. However, oil that your scalp produces is actually really good for the health of your hair. Stripping this away as soon as you see oil isn’t the most beneficial. Put on a cute headwrap to hide it and let it absorb.