For girls with naturally curly hair, you know that maintaining your hair is necessary to keep hair healthy, which needs tools, gels, and a whole other host of tricks. Drying your hair has a major impact. If you are on the hunt for the best way to dry your wet curls, here are some methods to cut down hair frizz, tangles, and damage with these hair drying techniques for curly hair.
1. Air Dry
To get the most natural curl patterns after washing, air drying is the best bet. Here are the steps to dry your curly hair.
Wash your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo which gives a gentler cleanse, then apply some light conditioner and comb the hair with your fingers. Then apply some medium-weight gel while your hair is still soaking wet. Just rub the product between the palms, cup your curls, and squeeze up towards your scalp. Repeat the scrunching process with a microfiber towel or t-shirt to remove excess water. Last, lift your curls and slide metal clips in along the scalp; lift up before clamping them closed. This will help you get more volume, and it also helps the hair dry a bit faster. Don’t touch curly hair as it fries to avoid creating frizz accidentally.
Air drying is ideal for healthy curls since it saves them from heat damage and dry/split ends. Because heat tools will deprive your hair of moisture. But if you have long and thick curly hair, it will take a very long time to air dry. And air drying can leave your curls vulnerable to frizz because they are constantly moving as you go about your day.
2. Dry Hair With Diffuse
Diffuser can help distribute heat evenly, create volume, reduce frizz and keep curls intact. Choose a diffuser that's concave in the center so that curls can rest inside it and take shape naturally. Or buy one that has a cup-like shape in which curls can nestle.
Wash your hair first, and use a wide-toothed comb to distribute either a moisturizing or protein conditioner through your hair. Next, rinse your hair with cool water to seal the cuticles. Afterward, squeeze excess water with your hands, and then squeeze your hair with a t-shirt, soft towel, or super-absorbent, micro-fiber cloth to soak up more water before patting downward to help cuticles lay flat. To get smooth hair, we recommend that apply some anti-frizz, curling, or smoothing product and detangle your hair. And thermal protectant is also necessary to build a protective barrier for hair cuticles.
Depending on the length and thickness you want, you can work in sections, also blow dry on low-to-medium heat so you don’t burn your scalp, and use a low-to-medium air speed setting to reduce frizz. Plus, you only need to dry your hair 80-95%, and then air dries the rest of the way, or do the ends last or not at all.
Hold the blow dryer at a 90˚angle from your head and place the diffuser at the hair roots. Start at the nape of your neck and gently hold the ends away from the blow dryer. Turn on the blow dryer and use the fingers of the diffuser to lift hair at the roots. Move in a circular direction at the same time.
Some Tips For Drying Curly Hair
Besides the two common hair drying methods, there are some other useful ways for you.
1. Hooded Dryer
A hooded dryer is a tool that is helpful in speeding up your drying time. Not only are they a timer saver, but also can be used to improve your deep conditioning regimen. Therefore, this is a worthy investment.
Lay a long-sleeved shirt or towel on a chair or counter with the sleeves closest to you. Flip your hair forward and place it in the towel. Then Fold the bottom of the shirt or towel over your curls to the base of your neck, and tie the sleeves in a knot to keep them in place.
3. Clip the roots
When your hair is still wet, lean over to the side so that your hair lifts away from your head. Then insert the duckbill clips at the roots and leave them at least 15 minutes.
According to your needs, you can decide to dry curly hair with or without diffuse. If you have enough time, you can choose the air dry method to get natural curly hair; if you want to dry it in a shorter time, then the diffuser method is better for you. If you have some other tips, welcome to share them with us in the comment section.