How do you dry your hair???

Just curious. I really really want to air dry to spare my hair from the unnecessary damage but it takes all day and it still ends up frizzy and flat to boot. I guess the moisture weighs it down then it just dries that way.
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Mid-back length 3a, red.
Currently using: Joico, Redken, LA Looks Curl Look gel, BRHG.


  • NessyNessy Registered Users Posts: 788
    I air dry all the way most of the time. If it is slightly damp still and I need to go somewhere, I diffuse for about 60 seconds on the coolest setting to completely dry it.
  • lushaholiclushaholic Registered Users Posts: 2,180
    I airdry all the way, but as soon as it gets cold enough that I can't stand it anymore, then I will add a 5 minute diffusing session to the mix. I will still plop for about 15-20mins and then airdry for about 10 and then diffuse for 5, then air-dry the rest. Got that? :lol:
    3a/2c f/mii. pics added 2/3/07
  • happy-girlhappy-girl Registered Users Posts: 208
    And you don't feel like it weighs down your hair?
    I actually have a LOT less curl when I air dry. Very flat and just limp. I wonder if plopping helps with this??
    Mid-back length 3a, red.
    Currently using: Joico, Redken, LA Looks Curl Look gel, BRHG.
  • lushaholiclushaholic Registered Users Posts: 2,180
    Plopping will definitely help keep more volume at the roots. :) I like to use a soft tshirt.
    3a/2c f/mii. pics added 2/3/07
  • KurleeKurlee Registered Users Posts: 1,354
    I plopp for a couple of minutes and air dry. It is getting cold up in the Last Frontier now though, so I diffuse a little after I plopp sometimes.
  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Registered Users Posts: 5,656
    i plop, then diffuse a bit, then air dry the rest of the way.
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  • LipGlassHoneyLipGlassHoney Registered Users Posts: 230
    I air dry all the way because I just don't have the time and my hair seems to like it.
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  • AmnerisAmneris Registered Users Posts: 15,117
    Sometimes air dry all the way, sometimes diffuse, airdry, diffuse. Sometimes sit under my hooded dryer. Sometimes alternate that with air drying. Sometimes completely diffuse. I guess the first two are the most common for me. (I didn't vote because none of the options suited me!)

    ETA: With airdrying I get a little less volume, very clumpy curls and a little canopy frizz. Diffusing and airdrying - lots of volume, clumpy curls and a little canopy frizz, but less than airdrying - hair feels slightly less moisturized. Hooded dryer - less volume, more separated curls, not much frizz, more stretchage. Hooded dryer and air drying - less volume, clumpy curls, a little frizz. All diffused - lots of shrinkage, maximum volume, very springy curls, very tiny curls, very little frizz, hair feels a bit dry.

    I used to have your frizz problem when airdrying, but for me it was solved by finding the exact right amount of leave-in and the leave-in ingredients to avoid, and by gently squeezing out hair with a microfiber towel.

    And if you don't already know this - touch your hair as little as possible while it's drying and after as that causes major frizz. I can't scrunch my hair at all because it will frizz.
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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Registered Users Posts: 10,573 Curl Connoisseur
    I didn't vote as I need another option: air dry, diffuse a while, finish air drying. :D
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  • kimmyckimmyc Registered Users Posts: 551
    I occasionally plop, then diffuse, then air dry the rest of the way but mostly I air dry all the way. This does include the car vents though if I washed in the AM and am on my way to work! :lol:
    2b/3a, primarily use Jessicurl and DevaCurl products, Curls Hair Tea conditioner and various gels. I'm modified CG-ish since 5/04.
  • CurlilocsCurlilocs Registered Users Posts: 821
    I air dry. I don't have the time to diffuse.
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  • acorn~oakacorn~oak Registered Users Posts: 9
    I plop, then diffuse until my hair is about 3/4 dry. Then I let it airdry.
    3b and botticelli,
    loving my curly hair!

    Do whatever works for you. Who cares whether you're violating curly "doctrine"?
  • urbancurlurbancurl Registered Users Posts: 980
    I air-dry all the way. I don't own a hair dryer.
    "It is wrong to use moral means to preserve immoral ends." MLK, Jr.

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  • amarilla505amarilla505 Registered Users Posts: 164
    i diffuse on cool for like 15 mins to get my curls spinning then i'm out the door to air dry the rest of the day.
    Truly Aesthetic...mind, body and spirit ;)

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