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


     Air drying your hair is the safest and most healthy way to dry your hair. It is however the most boring way and takes the longest time to dry. To make it more exciting, you can rollerset it, do a braid out or a twist it. If you’re just doing a normal air dry, it’s so important to get a good smooth finish so your hair doesn’t make you look untidy.  To get a smooth air dry, your cuticles should be closed and smooth. Keep this in mind through out your wash process.

To get a good air dry, the following factors are so important

  1. Your products
  2. Your tools
  3. Your technique

Your products

When you intend to dry your hair, every product you use on your wash day should have the effect of moisturing your hair and making it SOFT

Products you should have ready are as follows:

  • A moisturizing shampoo, preferably a sulfate free shampoo;
  • A good conditioner (I think you’ll get a better finish if you use a deep conditioner.);
  • Apple cider vinegar, Roux porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner or just cold water if you don’t have any of these.
  • An effective leave-in detangler and/or a leave-in conditioner with good slip;
  • A hair oil or butter; and
  • A serum (optional but will help achieve the best finish)
  • A soft boar bristle brush or a baby brush
  • A scarf

Your tools

You will need:

  • A T-shirt to remove the excess water from your hair after washing.
  • An extra wide-tooth comb
  • A wide tooth comb
  • A medium-tooth comb
  • A fine-tooth comb (if you really want it extra smooth)

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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.

        • Dr_fomsky says:

          Hi Ada…Whipped shea butter doesn’t really have moisture so I think it might be better as a sealant. Coconut and castor oil are also great sealants.

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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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