Here’s How You Can Finally Get the Air-Dried Hair of Your Dreams
There are two seasons in the South: blow-dry season and air-dry season. For about six months out of the year (give or take) it’s too hot to even think about busting out that blow-dryer, so we’re left to let our strands go au naturel. While letting hair air dry is certainly much less fuss than turning to the hot tools, it does come along with just a smidgen of prep. It all starts with a smoothing and hydrating shampoo and conditioner duo before you even leave the shower. If you have fine hair that tends to fall flat, look for a nourishing option formulated for volume. You can also double up on conditioning with a leave-in product like Earth’s Nectar Nourish. It will give your hair a boost of nutrients that will fight frizz from the start. After your shampooing and conditioning routine, select one of the heavy-hitters we recommend below. Each product is designed to help you make the most of your natural, air-dried hair. Half the country may be gearing up for the start of fall, but down here we know there are plenty of hot and humid days left to go around. Here’s to plenty of good hair days coming at you this air-dry season.
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product
Some would call this the best drugstore air dry hair product, but calling it a drugstore product somehow doesn’t do it justice. It will leave your hair feeling silky smooth, plus we love the spritz bottle application for no-mess styling. In our opinion, it’s the best product out there for wavy hair to air dry.
Buy: $13.49; walgreens.com
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil
A little goes a long way, which means this relatively pricey little bottle will last you. Six different oils make up this styling wonder. It will defrizz, detangle, protect against heat and UV damage, and soften—there’s a reason our beauty editor has been hooked on this stuff for years.
Buy: $22; sephora.com
Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer
Curly girls, get in line for this one. For smooth, soft curls, Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer is the answer. It adds shine, cuts frizz, and enhances curl on both curly and wavy hair. It’s formulated with organic aloe and wheat protein that contract when hair is dry resulting in more defined curls.
Buy: $26; aveda.com
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day In-Shower Styler
Apply in the shower, give it a quick little rinse, and voila! Your air-dried hair is coming right up. We have heard that for thick hair it doesn’t bust frizz and fuzz quite like an out-of-shower leave-in treatment would, but it is an amazing option for days when you’re in a race to get out the door.
Buy: $25; sephora.com