How I air dry my hair without frizz: step by step


Your technique

  • It’s so important to keep your hair as smooth and as tangle-free as possible through out your wash day process. When you’re washing your hair, don’t pile it on top of your head or rub your hair roughly. Rub the shampoo into your hair in one direction, working your way from the front of your head down to the ends of your hair. ‘Baby’ your hair as you go.
  • Do your final rinse with either Roux porosity control conditioner , Apple cider vinegar or cold water to close your cuticles.
  • Use a t-shirt to remove excess water. I use a t-shirt instead of a towel to keep my cuticles as smooth as possible. I’ll say it again: To get a smooth air dry, your cuticles should be closed and smooth if not it looks and feels rough to touch.
  • Divide your hair into two big sections: right and left.
  • Take one of these sections to start work with.
  • Apply your leave-in detangler to as tiny sections as possible. Use your extra wide tooth comb to comb through. Follow with a wide-tooth comb and then a medium tooth comb. If you want even more smoothness, go for a fine-tooth comb. However, ensure that you use as tiny sections as possible if you’re doing this. This method takes time so if you don’t have time to work with tiny sections, just use an extra-wide tooth comb. It will still turn out okay.
  • The reason why you should use tiny sections is to minimise breakage. If your hair is texlaxed or you have a lot of new growth, make sure you take as tiny sections as possible.
  • Repeat this method of detangling throughout one section.
  • When you’re done, apply your leave-in conditioner.
  • Apply a small amount of oil or butter. This is to conserve the moisture in your hair as it dries.
  • Apply your favorite serum for a sleek finish.
  • Do the same thing to the other big section.
  • Take your soft bristle brush and dip it in water. Then brush the top of your hair smoothly.
  • Tie a scarf around your hair. Your hair takes the structure and shape of whichever way you make it dry. If you make it stay straight when drying, it stays straight. If you make it lie flat as it dries, it lies flat. It’s really that simple: that’s the science behind the scarf method of air drying your hair.
Now, watch the video if you wish (it’s 20+ minutes long!)

Products I used during this wash day were:

  1. TIGI Bed Head Super Star shampoo
  2. Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner (with my oil mix)
  3. Silk Elements Silken Child Leave-in detangler
  4. Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Split end protector leave-in conditioner
  5. My whipped Shea butter-oil mix
  6. GVP Silk Remedy serum

My air  dried hair: perfect finish every time.

Dr Fomsky

 Sweet Kiss

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About the author
Dr Fomsky

Nigerian-born Dr Fomsky is a God-lover, a wife, a mom of three, a medical doctor by day. Plus she owns a Nigerian-based online hair product store called Sizzelle.
Dr Fomsky is very passionate about hair, skin and weight management. Since she's had her babies, she's been struggling to keep her weight and her tummy down!
At night, she likes to read books, write blog posts and leave comments on other blogs. She lives in Alberta, Canada and is also the author of Solving your relaxed hair breakage book .
LAST RELAXER DAY: December 15th, 2016
BIG CHOP: January 14th, 2017
Natural Hair, Unknown Porosity, Fine Hair strands, Low to Moderate Density

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15 Comments to How I air dry my hair without frizz: step by step

  1. Jenny says:

    wat can i say?? I m so thrilled with this post. I v been wondering why my hair doesn t have that smooth, silky look to it after airdrying. Thanks for the tips. However, i v been wondering, how do you remove shed hairs and with which type of comb? I don t knw if i m sheddng excessively or wat but i just keep seeing shed hairs (and some broken ones) evn after i think i v gotten them all out!!do you also remove them just before washing??

    • Dr_fomsky says:

      I use a regular shower comb. I don’t try to get out the shed hair: I think they’ll come out on their own. If you’re having a lot of shed hairs, then it means that many of your hair follicles are in telogen phase and are just falling out as part of nature. You can however delay shedding by doing a black tea rinse. Read my post on shedding
      As for the breakage, is it during the detangling before the air dry? Maybe you should only use one wide tooth comb and don’t go lower to a medium tooth comb.
      Is it during the week? Do you comb your hair every day? Many hair bloggers I know like Sunshyne (Hairliciousinc) and Jeni (Just grow already) only comb their hair on wash days. Maybe you should finger comb. I might have to do a video on how to get a good finger combing.
      When did you clarify your hair last?
      What type of protein conditioner do you use? How often do you use it?
      There are so many reasons for breakage I don’t even know where to start from. Please respond by email or call me so we can talk better. Hugs. 🙂

  2. Jenny says:

    Ermm, is it just my eyes or did u really trim your hair? It s looking quite shorter.

  3. Ifai says:

    Hello doc,

    I love your procedure and the results are superb every time. It’s so time consuming but worth it,

    • Dr_fomsky says:

      Thanks sweetheart 🙂

      • Ada says:

        I know this is a bit late, but thanks for this post :). I’ve always wondered how to air dry my hair without as much frizz, now i realise i’ve been doing a lot of things wrong. I have a question though, looks like you use ur whipped shea butter as a sealant. I use mine as a moisturizer and i’m wondering if i’ve been doing it all wrong. I moisturize with my whipped shea butter and seal with either coconut or castor oil.

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  6. Sisimi says:

    Thank you so much for the video, it is really an eye opener. I airdry and wonder why I still have that ‘bulkyness’, with the twisting of the ends in two directions, I see how it makes sense. I am currently reading other old posts for those little tips I may still be missing. Once again, excellent job. Keep blogging!!!

  7. Mel Stevens says:

    I highly recommend the pro naturals moroccan argan oil leave in treatment, it will seriously moisturize your hair

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