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Beauty Question: How do I air-dry my hair so it doesn’t look frizzy?

Posted Aug 13 2009 5:48pm



K. writes:

Hi Nadine! I’ve been an avid reader of your blog for a while now, and I think it’s great! I have a question about haircare. I have relatively fine to medium hair that falls somewhere between the categories of straight and wavy and goes about 2 inches past my shoulders. I’m a student, and between rushing to class in the morning and staying up late to write papers, I really don’t have much time to blowdry, style, straighten my hair, etc. Is there any haircut or hair product I can use that will allow my hair to dry naturally and not poof up into a frizzy, half wavy mess? I feel like I’ve tried everything!

Thanks, and I love your blog!

Hi K.!
Thanks so much for your email! I have a few different recommendations for you, depending on how much money you’re willing to spend:

1) Use the right products
I cannot rave enough about Living Proof No Frizz, which is a still-new line that helps to smooth and defrizz hair strands without weighing them down. Their star product is the Straight Making Cream (perfect for wavy hair), but they’ve also just released a shampoo, conditioner and leave-in treatment. Use their products to wash and condition, apply gobs and gobs of the Straight Making Cream, and then scrunch a large handful of your hair a few times. It sounds like your hair is very similar to mine, so scrunching the hair will make it dry wavily with some nice texture, not straight and messily.

Now, here’s the key: dry your bangs and the hair right around your face with a blowdryer and round brush. You only need to spend literally 30 seconds doing it (after the 30 seconds spent applying product), but by smoothing the hair surrounding your face, it will make everything look neater and more polished. Hell, the rest of your hair could air-dry into a poodle-fro, and it would still look at least halfway decent! (But we do not traffic in poodle-fros here, trust.)

If you can’t afford the Living Proof products (hey, I remember what it’s like to be a student!), get thee to a CVS and buy a leave-in conditioner and bottle of mousse. Apply the leave-in to the bottom half of your head after blowdrying, then scrunch some mousse into the roots and finger-comb through strands. Hands off…and your hair will air-dry pretty darn well.

2) Get a Brazilian Blowout
Check out my recent posts here  and here  about the True Brazilian I recently had, which–no joke–changed my life. (Okay, in regard to my hair, at least. It’s not, like, doing my laundry and treating me to candlelit dinners or anything.) I know you’re a student: it costs around $250 - $350, depending on where in the country you are and what salon you go to…but I truly believe that if you’ve been struggling with your hair and can afford it, it’s worth every penny.

I hope that helps!


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