December 8, 2014 Diana Crisan Spotlight

The Right Way to Air Dry Your Hair in Cold Weather

If you’re one to walk out of the house with sopping wet hair post-shower, you should know that winter is NOT the time to do this. In an effort to keep you sleek (and safe), we’ve put together the perfect way to speed up your air-dry process so that you can get back to enjoying the snow — with a hat on, of course!

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Quick Dry Tricks

1. Before the drying even begins, use a clarifying shampoo like Kérastase Bain Cristal Fine in the shower to remove any buildup and impurities near your roots. This will help keep the hair around your scalp light and clean, allowing for a shorter drying time … because we all know that this is the most painstaking part to dry!

2. After washing, squeeze the majority of water out of your hair by twisting and wringing it. Then, gently rough dry your hair by blotting it with either a microfiber towel or an old T-shirt to remove the excess moisture, all while preventing breakage and frizz.

3. Never run a brush through wet hair since your strands are weakened and extra-prone to breaking while damp. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb like The Body Shop Detangling Comb, starting from your tips and working your way up to your roots.

4. At this point, you might want to throw your hair up in a towel while you get ready — but don’t! Fight your natural urges to get wet hair out of your face since wrapping it will prevent it from drying.  

5. Continuously run your fingers through your hair and lift hair at your roots, allowing air to work its way through. Tame frizz as your hair dries by using a smoothing serum like Pureology Cuticle Polisher or a lightweight gel such as Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream Gel to help seal your ends and provide ultimate shine!

Overnight Fix

There’s no easier way to let your hair air dry than by washing it before bed and allowing it to dry overnight. Once hair is almost completely dry, throw it in a braid and unravel in the morning or try heatless curls!

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    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.