obody wants to fire up an 1,800-watt blow-dryer when it’s 90 degrees out. But air-drying (even minus the car window) seems a recipe for unruly curls or for strands as flat as this screen. That’s why we went to pros who style their own hair unplugged—and who, no matter your texture, can teach you how to beat the heat too.
First things first, make sure you’re using the right towel: The microfiber towel is an air-dryer’s dream! Because the ultrafine fibers are stitched more tightly together, it dries hair five times faster than a cotton number and minimizes frizz by limiting friction between strands. Try Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Towel ($30, sephora.com).
Frizz is the single biggest problem for curls when air-drying. Because spirals are drier than other textures (hydrating scalp oil doesn’t slide down a coiled strand as easily as it does a pin-straight one), the H2O from humid air can swell the cuticle and send hairs a-flyin’. No fretting! By moisturizing at every step of your routine, you can keep strands ultrasmooth and show the fuzz who’s boss.
CONAIR WIDE TOOTH COMB
Pre-shower, work through dry hair with a wide-tooth comb, starting at the bottom and moving up. Water breaks down the hydrogen bonds in hair, resetting your curl pattern—so if you comb post-shower, you’re just begging for frizz.
RENPURE COCONUT MINT CURLY CLEANSING CONDITIONER
Reach for a co-wash with a frizz-inhibiting surfactant, such as cetrimonium chloride, and mega-moisturizing ingredients like coconut and argan oils; it’ll cleanse without drying out hair.
SUAVE PROFESSIONALS COCONUT OIL INFUSION DAMAGE REPAIR OIL TREATMENT
Out of the shower, pat this all over (don’t rake! it’ll break up curls). Tweak the amount of oil based on your hair’s thickness: thin twists need a quarter size; coarser coils, a poker chip.