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How Do You Dry?- Natural Hair Care

By January 27th, 202131 Comments

How Do You Dry?- Natural Hair Care
Larna asks;

How do you dry your hair, especially when you’re short on time?

Do you plop (with a tshirt), scrunch with a microfiber towel, diffuse, or pull out the hooded dryer?

CN Says;
If I’m doing a wet set Twist-Out, I’ll plop with a Tshirt or microfiber towel for 15 minutes before applying products and twisting. My hair is fine and overly porous, and applying products to it while soaking wet just doesn’t seem to work as well as when it’s damp. Like one of you said before, applying conditioner to my soaking wet hair moisturizes the water (that later runs off), more than my hair.
If I’m short on time and my twists or rollerset isn’t fully dry, I’ll pull out my hooded dryer!


  • Karo says:

    thanks for the info, I personally love my hair dryer, it's the Karmin Salon Pro Professional Hair Dryer which is the best I've tried, it keeps my hair soft, shiny and with volume. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • KCAS says:

    I use the Devasun dryer on my roots. Love it!!! My ends usually dry easily. I don't agree that by applying conditioner to soaking wet hair, it moisturizes the water (that later runs off), more than the hair. I think the conditioner will kind of seal the water in the hair. That works wonderfully for me.

  • Anonymous says:

    I Always Airdry But If I Do Two Strand Twists And My Hair Isnt Dry By The Time I Go To Bed Then I Might Get The Blow Dryer! ^_^

  • AusetAbena says:

    Airdry, but I have started plopping with a t-shirt to cut down on time. Now that it is warmer, I don't stress having completely dry hair. I'll even leave with visible product in my hair without a care in the world. I am looking to buy a plush micro-fiber towel soon for the sake of cutting down on time. Ultimately, I refuse to buy a dryer.

  • The Retro Natural says:

    I feel like I never have time to allow my hair to airdry at the moment. So I have a vintage portable hair dryer (it's so cute!) and what's interesting about it is that the "hot" setting still isn't nearly as hot as today's hair dryers so I can really relax under it for an hour or so and do my nails or read without worrying about my hair being burned. I haven't experienced any heat damage and my ears never hurt from heat. I found it on etsy for like 20 bucks too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Vetsnatural says:

    I plop with a microfiber towel and then air dry. Sometimes I diffuse to get the roots nice and dry. It also helps with Clumping/scrunching my coils/curls for my WNG's. Sometimes blow dry on low for twistouts.

  • rojosonji says:

    I'm strictly a wash and go girl and am an advocate of air drying. If I do find myself pressed for time, I just sit in front of my household electric fan. LOL!

  • Tiffany says:

    Can anyone recommend a decent hooded dryer that's not too small. I want to do a wet set with rollers to straighten my hair without the direct heat of nozzle blowdryer or a flat iron. Thank you!

  • Anonymous says:

    Bounty paper towels

  • Anonymous says:

    Bounty paper towels

  • Dr. Dizzy says:

    I diffuse(Love a good diffuser!!)…I hate the feeling of wet hair and my hair takes entirely too long to dry

  • Akaia says:

    I moisturize and seal my ends on soaking wet hair. Then I t-shirt dry. that is what best works for me.

  • adrien says:

    i use one of those big printed satin/poly scarves. i wrap all my hair up in it loose bun style at the nape. what i take it off my curls are still super defined. i style then air dry.

  • sarah says:

    i "plop" for at least 20 minutes and then diffuse on low for about 10 minutes. when the weather gets nice, i'll probably air dry, like i did today.

  • am says:

    i was being facetious…i didnt know those things still existed, that's all…again, being sarcastic :))))

  • IcyLillies says:

    I either air dry, use a towel and don't rub, or a t-shirt. If I'm going to bed with soaking wet hair, I use a t-shirt.
    Other times, I might use a cheap old fashion hair dryer, but I don't like it since it burns my ears…

  • Teerah says:


    A hooded dryer is just the portable version of the dryers you sit under at the beauty salon. The pic up top is a hooded dryer. Mind you I call it a "hooded" dryer because that's what my mom calls it lololol! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    I air dry. In the colder months I sit under the dryer for a whole 20 minutes which is about all I can take.

  • Anonymous says:

    Terry turban for 30 mins. Then air dry the rest of the way.

  • StaceyMarie says:

    I usually just detangle and squeeze the extra water out with a t-shirt before twisiting my hair and letting it airdry overnight. I DID have to resort to using my bonnet dryer when my twists weren't dry in time for my birthday party last year! I did them two days in advance to prep for a chunky, defined fro, but I hadn't realized that my choice of hair coverings (a hat, a scarf, and satin cap) were keeping ALL the moisture in!

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  • Anonymous says:

    How do you plop? I blot with a microfiber, but my hair is still frizzy and a little damp in the morning.

  • Anonymous says:

    I air dry also. If I'm in a hurry, I just don't wash it.

  • am says:

    whats a hooded dryer?!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    i air dry or get some help from the blow dryer on low heat.

  • socialitedreams says:

    air dry…i may plop with a tshirt a bit, but usually just twist it up in some chunky wet twists, put under my satin bonnet or do-rag and rock a wig on top so that i don't catch pneumonia if I have to leave….BUT I never really do my hair on days that I have to leave, so that's not a problem.


  • Anonymous says:

    My 4a/b hair is overly porous; strands are dense, but ultra fine. I shampoo, ACV rinse and condition in about 12 braids; then take each braid down individually and plop with a t-shirt to remove some of the water before adding leave-in, detangling and rebraiding. I do this in the evening, and my hair is dry by morning. I think I'm going to let it air dry about an hour before taking the braids down and adding the leave-in next time so more of the leave-in goes onto the hair and not onto the water.

  • Sabrina R Perkins says:

    I am a 'no heat' advocate and air dry ONLY.

  • Courtney says:

    Usually I'll plop with a t-shirt and then air dry, but if I've waited until the absolute last minute to wash my hair I'll sit under the hooded dryer to cut down on time. Since my hair cut though, air drying takes much less time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Teerah says:

    I air dry in two strand twists that I pin up but it normally never completely drys. Even after a week of being two strand twisted and pinned it's still a little damp when I take it down for a wash the week after :O lol As you can imagine letting a roller set air dry would take an eternity so I sit under a hooded dryer for about 2 hours when i set my hair. I used to plop with a T-shirt because I knew other curlies did this but soon recognized that my hair stays moisturized for much longer if I put my products on soaking wet hair. I only wear my hair in protective styles since I'm growing my hair out. I'm sure my drying methods will change when I grow my hair to a length I enjoy and begin wearing more "free" styles.

  • BKelz says:

    I air dry and if I need it to dry really really fast then I just drive with the windows down to where ever I am going lol (I still have a twa) most of the time I am just concerned with whether or not you can still see the product in my hair (my leave-in and shea butter).

  • DrChuck24 says:

    I AIR DRY…whoop whoop…

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