Air-Drying can be described as a process of drying our hair without the use of mechanical heat which is mainly from hair dryers or blow dryers. The reason why it is more beneficial to air dry is because it is a healthier and safer option for our hair. Using too much heat in our hair is detrimental to its health and may result in hair breakage, heat damage, brittle or limp hair. Therefore it is beneficial to air dry as often as you can after washing and conditioning your hair.

Both relaxed and natural hair stand to benefit from this method. I always air dry my hair and may use a hair dryer about two – four times a year. However for most people using heat about once a month may be a healthier alternative as opposed to using heat constantly. 

Do look out for a future post where I describe how I air-dry my hair so that it appears smooth and silky and is not poufy or frizzy. That is why I describe air drying as an art once the techniques are mastered, excellent results are assured each time. It is usually helpful to direct the hair on the way it is to air- dry by leaving it down, putting it in a bun or twisting or plaiting it. Air drying promotes hair health and length, gives the hair thickness, body and strength which in turn promotes hair growth.

This is the  result of me air drying in a bun

Air drying can be done in two ways (i) you can air dry using a natural source i.e. plain old air (ii) you can air dry using a mechanical source for example a blow dryer with a cool setting or an electric fan. It is best to try out both methods to see which works best. I usually just air dry in front of a fan or might dry my hair in front of a fan until it is about 70% dry, bun my hair and go about my normal activities. I have noticed when I go out of the house my hair tends to dry a lot faster.

Kindly share if you air dry your hair and how you do so, or if you can consider this as a possible option for your hair.


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