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August 28, 2013

3 Tips for Drying Your Natural Hair

 
There are plenty of ways to treat your coils with tender loving care during all steps of your hair care routine. All the little improvements we make at each step contribute to the overall health of our hair and to maintaining and growing that big afro. Healthy hair will grow sky high! Here are three ways to gently dry your coils after you’ve cleansed, conditioned and detangled.

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1. Shake or squeeze

Think of your hair like a sponge. There’s more water hiding in there than it seems, so a quick shake or gentle squeeze along the length of your hair can remove the excess moisture from your coils. Since your hair won’t be sopping wet, you’ll spend less time with a blowdryer in hand (if that’s your lifestyle) or less time walking around with wet hair.

2. Swap that towel for a T-shirt

The cotton/polyester towels we use to dry our bodies aren’t the best way to gently dry our coils. First, they’re so fluffy and absorbent that they quickly suck much-needed moisture from our hair. Second, the fiber is rough and can snag on our coils, especially if you rub the towel back and forth over your head. Trade in the towel for an old t-shirt or a microfiber towel and squeeze firmly and gently, but don’t rub, to remove excess moisture from your hair. A t-shirt is absorbent enough to dry your hair, but thin and gentle enough to avoid snags. Microfiber towels are absorbent, but their surface is not abrasive to hair.

3. Need heat? Use a diffuser

If airdrying your hair isn’t an option and you have to use heat, try attaching a diffuser head to your blow dryer. Instead of harsh, direct heat, the diffuser will spread the hot air to a bigger surface area. The force of a normal blowdryer also moves your coils around and can disturb the curl pattern if you’re going for a defined wash and go look. You should also use medium or low heat setting to avoid heat damage.

Anything you’d like to add? How do you gently dry your coils?

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Pennie Cuevas said...

Is using the cool shot on the blow dryer effective? Could use tips, not sure if I'm doing it right :)

Sweetdrk1 said...

I diffuse if I want full hair, but I don't do that often

Jessica Coletrain said...

I normally blog with a towel and then let hair dry.....but i'm thinking about purchasing the hand dry hair glove.

Bianca said...

I've recently started to use a t-shirt instead of a towel and I can definatley see the difference.
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Hilary B. said...

I squeeze the excess water then air dry.

Davina916 said...

I use a t-shirt to remove the excess water, then I let my hair air dry.

Derika said...

I am transitioning and I dry with a t-shirt. I sit under a hooded dryer for 20 minutes and then I air dry for the rest of the time.

Gwenn4ya said...

I did trade my towel in for a t-shirt. It does work better for me...a little less frizz. I think frizz for me is inevitable. I also let my hair air dry. I don't want to use heat right now. I've only blow dried my hair once in 20 months of being natural. I have diffused before, but it takes too long so I just air dry.

Megan M. said...

Wrap an old T-shirt around my head and walk around 10-20 mins this usually gets some of the water out.

alifeuncomplicated said...

I use a t-shirt. It is definitely more gentle on my curls. I get less frizz for my wash and gos.

Angela B. said...

I use a t-shirt to soak up excess moisture & air dry.

NikkifollowingNikki said...

I use the diffuser with the blow dryer set on cool the entire time. It takes longer than heat would but less than air drying. I have thick spongey hair that holds water for hours upon hours. I can usually get it upwards of 90% dry in an hour.

Monique Brown said...

thank you for the tips, I will try all of that, and I will use my hair dryer with a diffuser, I use the karmin g3 which is amazing and doesn't damage my hair. :D

Jessica Coletrain said...

I gently squeeze out the excess and then let it air dry.

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