Is it Okay to Airdry Your Hair?

by Brianna Thompson

Hey there, hair enthusiasts! We get it – the eternal struggle between air drying and blow drying. It's like choosing between Netflix and a good book, but for your hair. We're here to unravel the mysteries and help you strike the perfect balance for luscious, healthy locks. Let's dive in!

The Good and the Bad: Air drying, the epitome of effortless beauty, allows your hair to breathe and embrace its natural texture. However, it comes with its challenges – ever heard of the dreaded frizz monster? On the flip side, blow drying may offer a sleek finish, but overdoing it can lead to damaged strands. So, what's a hair aficionado to do?

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The Art of Alternating: Guess what? You don't have to pick sides! Alternating between air drying and blow drying based on your needs is the secret sauce. Need a quick fix? Blow dry. Craving those beachy waves? Let nature do its thing. It's all about balance, baby.

Protecting Your Tresses: Regardless of your chosen drying method, protection is key. Use a heat protectant before blow drying, and for air drying, opt for leave-in conditioners or serums to shield your strands from the elements. Remember, healthy hair is the best accessory.

The Cuticle Conundrum: Here's a little hair science for you: air drying leaves the hair cuticle open, while blow drying seals it shut. Why does it matter? An open cuticle can make your hair more prone to damage and frizz. The solution? Strike a balance and mix up your routine for a happy cuticle.Using products after the shower on air dry days, and doing the little extra work for a 3-4 day style!

Tips for Air Drying:

  1. Patience is a virtue: Give your hair ample time to dry naturally. Rushing the process can lead to unwanted frizz.
  2. Detangle before you dangle: Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle wet hair gently. Your strands will thank you later.
  3. Twist and shout: Enhance your natural curls by twisting small sections of hair while air drying.

Tips for Blow Drying:

  1. Cool down: Finish your blowout with a blast of cool air to seal the cuticle and enhance shine.
  2. Section it off: Divide your hair into manageable sections for a more controlled blow drying experience.
  3. Keep your distance: Maintain a safe distance between your hair and the blow dryer to prevent heat damage.

The Benefits of Blow Drying: Besides the time-saving magic, blow drying can help you maintain a hairstyle for days, avoiding the daily styling grind. It's like having your cake and eating it too – fabulous hair without the fuss.

Product Suggestions:

  1. Heat Protectant: Try our Deflect by AG for a shield against heat damage against blowdryers or hot tools.
  2. Leave-In Conditioner: Nourish your locks with SudzzFX Colourfix or Milkshake Leave in, perfect to prep for air-dried perfection.
  3. Blowout Essentials Kit: Elevate your blow-drying game with our curated kit featuring: 

Root lift/Thickening spray- Shibui Thickening Volume Mist for a light non greasy feel that gives a slight root boost and illusion of fuller hair. 

Body and hold- Kenra Medium Hold Mousse for ultimate body and hold, or use IGK Beach Club Bouncy Blowout Cream for a more subtle way to create hold and body. 

Smoothness/Frizz Taming- For all hair type you can go for AG Set it Straight or 

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Smoothing Anti-Frizz Smoothing Multi-Styling Air Dry Balm if your hair is thicker and has more curl.  This one is good and versatile as you can use it to airdrop or blow-dry. 

 There you have it – the lowdown on air drying, blow drying, and the art of finding your sweet spot. Remember, it's not about choosing sides; it's about embracing the beauty of both. Treat your hair with love, experiment, and find what works best for you. Happy styling!

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