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How do you dry your hair?

I am trying to get on the CG bandwagon-but it isn't easy! I am now using No Poo, One C, B'Leavin, and Angell. I had my haircut yesterday per CG style-and I really do like it. BUT-I like to diffuse my hair on warm. I plop for about an hour while I get my baby up and fed and such-then I diffuse on warm-takes about 15 minutes. My hair does frizz I think quite a bit-so I know the heat is part of the problem. My stylist really wants me to let it air dry. It looks so nice and curly and full after being diffused. I don't want to have flat hair. Those of you who let it air dry-is your hair full? It will take HOURS for it to air dry. I really want to follow this to the T-but can I do it? Especially with winter coming! I know my hair can be healthier-and letting it air dry will save me time-but is it worth it? And how long did it take before your hair started looking healthier after not using a hair dryer? And how can you have a "hair-do" with your hair wet?

Thanks!
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  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 6,677Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I wrap mine in a micro fibre towel straight out of the shower and leave it on while I get dried, do my face etc. (Can't plop as I get a tangled birds nest!). Then I let it loose and leave it to dry for at least an hour, then I finish it off with a diffuser (about 5 mins). I can't diffuse from really wet as I just end up with frizz and little definition, nor can I just let it air dry as then I end up with flat, stringy curls. I can let it air dry completely but I still have to diffuse a bit as otherwise my hair would look wet and stringy all day. It's very weird and very trying! I have to say though, that I really don't like too much volume.
    3b in South Australia.
  • lushaholiclushaholic Posts: 2,180Registered Users
    I picked airdry because that's what I do most of the time. Sometimes I might diffuse on low for 5 minutes, but that's only if I'm extremely short on time. I get better clumping when I air-dry, which is what I like, and less fly-aways. I plop for as long as I can, but I think what really helps speed up the drying time a bit is that I use these really absorbent, cloth-paper towels to scrunch my hair with right after I've added my products. I scrunch quite a bit until the 3 towels are soaked, then I plop for at least 20 minutes, but sometimes up to an hour. I still takes a few hours for my hair to completely dry, but at least it's better than the several hours it would take if I didn't do the above. I think my hair can be deceiving because while it's not coarse, I definitely have a lot of it, and every stylist has always commented on how much moisture it sucks up and how long it takes to dry.
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  • JuicyTubeJuicyTube Posts: 2,369Registered Users
    airdry
    3b-3c CG
  • CurlygalaliCurlygalali Posts: 11Registered Users
    Thanks ladies! I just don't know what to do. I showered this morning-used only One C (yay for me-I didn't even use my no-poo) and plopped for an hour. Now my hair has been down for an hour or so-and showing no signs of it wanting to dry. I know I should really give air drying a chance-as I know my hair will be healthier and less frizzy. I guess I just fear that it won't look good-it'll look flat. I know diffusing on cool would take forever-but it wouldn't hurt my hair like the heat would-right? I keep telling myself to just give air drying a chance. But-as soon as my baby wakes up from her nap-we have errands to run. And it is raining outside and cool. What's a curly girl to do? Argh!

    Do you all wash your hair at night-or in the morning? I don't like the idea of going somewhere and still have wet hair. Can you tell? I also think my hair would look bad if I showered in the evening and let it dry then or overnight.

    Hmmm.
  • CurlygalaliCurlygalali Posts: 11Registered Users
    Lush-one more thing-you are the second person to say they towel squeezed their hair AFTER products were put in. How come? I would think a lot of the product would come out? I'm still learning here! :oops:
  • Ab-starAb-star Posts: 1,128Registered Users
    I do my hair in the morning. I rinse upside down, apply products upside down, gently squeeze out excess water with my microfiber towel (some product gets squeezed out but it's mostly water) then plop for no more than twenty minutes. I diffuse with warm air for 20 - 30 minutes then I let it airdry the rest of the way. When I don't diffuse and just let it airdry, it does end up pretty flat. The heat doesn't do that much damage to my hair.

    Curlygaladi, I'm thinking maybe you are plopping too long. If I plopped for an hour my hair would be nothing but frizz. Twenty minutes is the max I can go. Just a suggestion! :D
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    Going natural for the summer...just a dab of ArcAngell!
  • CurlygalaliCurlygalali Posts: 11Registered Users
    Thanks Ab-star! I don't know if plopping even does me any good-right now it is a matter of convenience. I don't think it makes my hair any frizzier-it is still pretty wet after I take it down (I use a T-shirt). I think I will try to diffuse on cool here in a bit. It has been air drying for an hour now. This is supposed to be easy-but I am finding very complicated to do NOTHING to my hair! :cry:
  • Ab-starAb-star Posts: 1,128Registered Users
    You might find that airdrying first and then diffusing will create frizz.

    I also plop in a t-shirt, it just seems like the longer I leave it up the more frizz I end up with. Don't get frustrated, it's hard to find what works for your curls...I'm still trying to figure it out too! :D
    MY HAIR ALBUM
    pw - jack

    Going natural for the summer...just a dab of ArcAngell!
  • DumbelinaTheDaftDumbelinaTheDaft Posts: 93Registered Users
    I wash my hair at night, usually 3-4 hours before I plan on going to bed. (Once I'm home from class, I don't usually go anywhere, so I don't have to worry about going out with wet hair.) I plop for 20-30 minutes and then diffuse for 10. I let my hair air dry the rest of the way. Diffusing for 10 minutes takes a full hour off of what would be my typical airdrying time. Then I go to bed with my hair 100% dry; if I go to bed with it wet, some parts straighten out and others curl too tightly. Overnight my curls inexplicably coil more tightly, even though my hair's already dry, so I wake up in the morning with tight curls and nice volume (albeit a little frizz, which doesn't bother me so much). I scrunch in some [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/AG-Recoil-p-24.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=ag-hair-cosmetics-recoil-curl-activator]re:coil[/buylink], and occasionally I'll apply some cream to my crown if my frizz is too bad, and I'm good to go.
    2c/3a
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  • SYBSYB Posts: 305Registered Users
    I air-dry my hair only. Using direct heat on my curls just isn't even an option for me anymore.

    I wash my hair mainly either late afternoon or early evening for the most part. By the time I wash up and go to bed at night, my hair be completely dry. And I only wash my hair (in a week's time) 1 or maybe 2 times. Never more than that.
    "Curls Tester"
    Products in my current regime: Nioxin Scalp Therapy Shampoo, ORS Replenishing Pak, Curls Whipped Cream, Curls Souffle, Curls Spiral Curls Cream, Curls Milkshake, Curls Quenched, BB(Bonner Brothers) Growth Lotion
  • JaxieJaxie Posts: 1,282Registered Users
    I only airdry my hair. 2 reasons: 1. My hair looks healthier and more defined 2. SOOOO Much easier. I don't have time to sit there and dry my hair. ~~jax
    2c or 3a Cut most of my hair off in July '12 and am working on regrowing it.
  • unique1193unique1193 Posts: 328Registered Users
    I guess I just fear that it won't look good-it'll look flat.

    Why dont you try using claw clips ande clipping them at your roots? This helps me TON. I get better volume, curl formation, and my hair drys faster.

    2c/3a
    Growing out hair to a little above bsl
    pw: ringlets
  • lushaholiclushaholic Posts: 2,180Registered Users
    Lush-one more thing-you are the second person to say they towel squeezed their hair AFTER products were put in. How come? I would think a lot of the product would come out? I'm still learning here! :oops:

    The main reason I scrunch with the paper towels after I apply product, is because you're obviously absorbing the moisture with the them, and I like to put products on my hair when it's wet because I get better clumping and less frizz than if I put them of after I've scrunched with the paper towels. Does that make sense?
    And I was about to recommend what unique just said regarding the clips. That's what I do and it helps give me lift at the roots. I just put those small silver duckbill clips (about 10 or so) at the roots, and leave them there while my hair is airdrying. It really helps! :) I must say though, that yes, airdrying does take a long time, but my hair looks so much better when I let it airdry all the way instead of diffusing some. For example today, I washed my hair at 11 this morning, and it's almost 8pm here now and my hair is finally completely dry. When I checked at 7pm, it was still damp in many parts.
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  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    I plop for about 20- 30 minutes and then airdry. I do my hair in the morning. I don't diffuse because- well, because I don't have the patience and I don't own a hairdryer! :)
    Brooklyn, NY

    Hair: 3A/B, Underlayer of 2B
    HG products:
    Winter- Giovanni Tea Tree (co-wash) & 50/50 (condish); Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Leave-In; Curls Milkshake & Quenched Curls; Re:coil; BRHG
    Summer: DevaCurl No Poo & OneC; CK; Re:coil; BRHG; Honey!!!

    fotki pw= crrrls
  • embudiniembudini Posts: 580Registered Users
    Jaxie wrote:
    I only airdry my hair. 2 reasons: 1. My hair looks healthier and more defined 2. SOOOO Much easier. I don't have time to sit there and dry my hair. ~~jax

    Same, except I plop/tuban my hair for 5 minutes after shower (i'm product free btw)
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  • medusahairmedusahair Posts: 3,515Registered Users
    I diffused for about a week after buying an ion ceramic dryer with diffuser but I'm back to air drying. If I need to go somewhere I'll disffuse on warm but 99% of the time I air dry.
    My curls need time to wind around and they can do that better air drying and I don't have to sweat that way. Diffusing raises my body temp whew!
    2c/3a?
    Low porosity, medium texture.
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  • Ab-starAb-star Posts: 1,128Registered Users
    I am really surprised at the amount of us that airdry. Where the heck are you?? I never see any of you around town!! When I go out with wet hair I feel like the only freak that airdries, lol!!

    We stay very busy and I leave my house every morning at 7:20. I don't have enough time to airdry! I get up at 5:30 as it is. I do like the way my hair looks better when it's diffused but I like to airdry sometimes - I just hate going places with a wet head. (Although I did get a compliment on my wet hair the other day - ??)

    :D
    MY HAIR ALBUM
    pw - jack

    Going natural for the summer...just a dab of ArcAngell!
  • CurlygalaliCurlygalali Posts: 11Registered Users
    I am impressed by how many of you airdry too! It would make life a lot easier-but I don't know if I can do it! I know it would be SO much healthier on my hair though! Today I plopped for 15 minutes then diffused on COOL for 10 minutes. Then air dried for 30 minutes or so and then ended up diffusing on COOL the rest of the way. I didn't want to go to church with wet hair. Yeah-I never see any curlies out there with wet hair! Where are you?

    Tell me-will diffusing on cool damage my hair? I know the heat does-but will the cool air? I SO want healthy beautiful hair!

    How long after making the CG changes did it take for your hair to look dramatically different (to you at least)?

    Thanks!
  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    I tend to get a stringly/noodly look if I airday. I either sleep with it plopped in a microfiber towel or I plop for 10-20 and then diffuse.
    Kiva! Microfinance works.

    Med/Coarse, porous curly.
  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    I airdry, and it takes my hair 8± hours to completely dry. But I only wash my hair once a week. It takes considerably less time to dry with no product, but that's a moot point.

    The other days I spritz it with water or Awe Inspiraling and maybe use other product lightly. Whatever I put in, it just soaks it up! I do spend the last 2-3 days before washing again with an up-do, usually.

    As for going out with wet hair, it does happen sometimes. I'm someone who walks and bikes a lot and it seems to dry quicker en route, because of the wind or something. I know that the minor inconvenience of wet hair in public is better than drying out my hair with a hair dryer.

    Now that I've moved to a colder climate, I may have to use a hair dryer occasionally because it's better to do that than have wet hair freeze and break. It's really too bad that these things go hand-in-hand: 1) using a dryer to avoid wet hair freezing and 2) winter heating. My poor hair doesn't know what's coming. :(
  • tooj68tooj68 Posts: 471Registered Users
    I plop for 1 minutes, then air dry while I sit on my bed at my laptop (usually on NC.com!) under my ceiling fan. Speeds up my drying time to like 30 minutes with NO frizz!
    3B, with oodles and oodles of curly hair! :toothy7:
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  • SuZenSuZen Posts: 1,595Registered Users
    I plop for about 15 to 20 minutes using a [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Curl-ease-Towel-p-500.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=curlease-curlease-towel]Curl-Ease towel[/buylink], which pulls out some of the drips. If it's a work day, I then diffuse for maybe 5 minutes, which doesn't dry it nearly all the way but helps it air-dry faster. I don't mind the way it looks when it's kind of wet.
  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    Heh, I leave home with wet hair nearly every single day, every work day at least... it's mostly dry by the time I get to work. I thought about it and I realized that I have no idea how many other people I run into with wet hair. I'm usually not all that observant on a weekday morning, anyway I have my nose stuck in a book during the subway ride!
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    Hair: 3A/B, Underlayer of 2B
    HG products:
    Winter- Giovanni Tea Tree (co-wash) & 50/50 (condish); Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Leave-In; Curls Milkshake & Quenched Curls; Re:coil; BRHG
    Summer: DevaCurl No Poo & OneC; CK; Re:coil; BRHG; Honey!!!

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  • LavenderCurlsLavenderCurls Posts: 1,477Registered Users
    I air dry.

    I used to diffuse without fail after finding nc.com. But awhile back I decided to try air drying and that works pretty good for me. I'll diffuse if I'm in a hurry, though.
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  • JoyForeverJoyForever Posts: 1,628Registered Users
    I air dry. It takes around 8 hours to dry thoroughly, so I wash it at night, and it's (usually!) dry when I wake up.
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    Changed because the "number in place of a word" thing was bugging my no-longer-14-year-old self.
  • FrizzyJenFrizzyJen Posts: 22Registered Users
    I guess I'm the freak who diffuses :lol:

    I just can't wait for it to air-dry. I also have more lively hair when I diffuse it.
    3b/c, short now-growing it out
  • CurlygalaliCurlygalali Posts: 11Registered Users
    Frizzyjen-you aren't the only "freak" -as of now 40% of the ladies here diffuse too! I don't know if I will be able to air dry all the time. I don't know if I can stand it. I just don't feel like I have a hair-do while it is wet. It looks stringy and yucky-how can I go out everyday like that? I am obviously struggling with it! Who knew it would be so hard? I am swearing off heat to dry it though. So it looks like a combo of air dry and cool diffuse for me! I hope I get a good routine worked out!
  • Ab-starAb-star Posts: 1,128Registered Users
    No you most certainly are NOT the only freak! Not only do I like the way my hair looks diffused and hate going out with wet hair...I hate the air drying process. I feel like I walk around all stiff so my hair doesn't move then I get a neck/headache. :?
    MY HAIR ALBUM
    pw - jack

    Going natural for the summer...just a dab of ArcAngell!
  • modegrrlmodegrrl Posts: 273Registered Users
    I diffuse in sections using a bowl diffusor. I use high heat, low speed, unless I'm in a big hurry--then I do high speed. I do the high heat for 10 seconds and then hit the cool shot button for 10 seconds. I actually watch the second hand on the clock. If I were to airdry completely, it would take 4 hours and my roots would be flat. I usually diffuse 80% to 90% dry and airdry the rest of the way.
    "For many years the National Pretend Speed Limit was fifty-five miles per hour"--Dave Barry

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  • FrizzyJenFrizzyJen Posts: 22Registered Users
    Ok, I feel better now. :lol:
    3b/c, short now-growing it out
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