How to Dry Hair Without a Blow Dryer

By Laura Dixon

For those who prefer to let their hair dry naturally, there are some tried and tested techniques to create definition and style without using electricity. Whether you just don't have the time to blow dry or hate the thought of heat damage to your tresses, there are several effective drying and styling alternatives. The right combination of techniques and products can mean the difference between a frizzy, obviously air-dried 'do and a sleek, healthy-looking head of hair.

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Step away from the blowdryer.

Step 1

Use a highly absorbent towel such as a microfiber hair towel to gently squeeze out excess moisture from your locks after stepping out of the shower. Blot your hair with the towel to soak up water without rubbing, which can lead to frizzy, damaged hair.

Step 2

Gently detangle hair after towel drying with a wide-toothed comb, starting at the ends to avoid snags.

Step 3

Apply a serum or other smoothing product if you have frizz-prone or unruly hair. Or plump up naturally fine, straight hair with a volumizing mousse or light gel. People with wavy or curly hair should use a curl defining cream or medium-hold gel to help tresses take on a styled shape without stiffness as they air dry.

Step 4

Style hair using your fingertips rather than a blow dryer. Gently lift and tousle locks at the roots to help save air drying time. Flip your hair upside down a few times to get rid of any remaining moisture and further speed the drying process.

Step 5

For a volume boost, make a deep side part and flip hair over to one side, combing it back over once hair has air dried. Those with wavy and curly locks can twist strands around fingers, holding for a few seconds, to separate individual curls and waves.

Step 6

For convenient styling, braid wavy hair into sections and let air dry for at least two hours in a dry, ventilated space. Undo the braids to release cascading waves.