Cover Style: Mark Williamson
Summer is usually signaled by warmer days, longer nights and being able to watch the sunset when you get home from work… thanks daylight savings ;). While you’re making plans to lay by the beach, go out for happy hour, or to spend your evenings exploring the city — the last thing you want to do is spend a heap of time on your hair. Not to mention, it’s hot and the idea of using a blowdryer in your non air conditioned apartment sounds like torture. Learn how to change up your routine and air dry your luscious locks to perfection so when its hot out, you wont look like a hot mess.
Test out different hair products - as much as you would love to trust your Instagram feed, there is NO one product for all. In a world of curly, straight, thin, thick, frizzy, and limp - you need a product that seems like it is made just for you. Products for air drying will most likely differ from those you use to blow dry. When you air dry, you don’t have as much control so you need to pick a product that controls frizz or volume without needing heat. While you may use a hydrating oil for blowouts - you may need a defining cream or texturizing spray for air drying.
Learn the do’s and don’ts of your own hair - Some may find it easier to get up shower and go, while others may need the whole night for their hair to dry. Letting hair air dry at night will have less interference with the environment (wind, heat, moisture… air wind and fire?). This will also give your hair the chance to create those natural oils that usually make 2nd day hair look so great! Try out different tactics and see which works best for you. You may part your hair before leaving the shower and not touch it until dry - or hair the magical ability to apply products and actually comb through them in the shower. For me, unless I am going for the “finger in the socket look” no one is allowed to touch my hair as I air dry. *Pro tip for curly, textured, or frizzy hair: apply products in the shower and give them a quick rinse, not to remove product but to make sure hair is in its “natural wave state” before leaving.
Know when to wash and when to wait - As you start to round the base on your 2nd to 3rd day hair you start to question when you should wash. If you haven't already tried it - bust out a dry shampoo paired with a dry conditioner to perk up your scalp and moisturize your ends. You’ll be able to wait out the wash - which in the end can be better for your hair.