Whether you’re taking a break from damaging heat styling, tired of fighting your natural hair texture or are just too busy taking over the world for a 20-minute blowout, knowing how to air-dry hair is an essential beauty skill. And with summer’s humid weather upon us, there’s even more reason to ditch the blow-dryer.
A good air-dry starts with the right products. Since many styling products require heat to activate, it’s important to look for stylers made for air-drying that help control frizz and keep hair looking hydrated and silky.
Ready to up your air-dry game? Read on for our favorite products to try now.
Air Dry Foam, $28 at Sephora
This foam lets you skip braids, buns and even clips. It relies on kale extract to impart soft texture that really lasts.
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Don’t Blow It (Fine), $31 at Ulta Beauty
This texture-enhancing styling cream is made for air-drying. It will create a super beachy bend and wave to the hair without weighing it down with heavy product and harsh ingredients. Once out of the shower, apply this from roots to ends, twist strands into sections and let it air-dry this way.
Ultra Light Curl Defining Cream, $14 at Target
Want sexy windswept waves without taking the 30 minutes it normally takes to blow-dry? You’ll love the natural-looking, healthy curls from Kristin Ess’ curl defining cream. What makes this cream so special is that it was created with technology that helps to zip up and repair split ends.
Wonder Worker, $33 at Sephora
Aside from saving time and energy, this hair primer has seven benefits that you’ll be able to reap instantly. Hydration, detangling, smoothing, conditioning, serious shine power, less frizz and more silkiness is what you’ll get after air-drying with this gem.
Frizz Ease Dream Curls Daily Styling Spray, $7.49 at Target
The worst part about air drying? THE FRIZZ. Leave your locks with a frizz-free look and give thanks to this under-$10 styling spray. It’s alcohol-free so you won’t have to worry about drying out your locks and enhancing the already annoying baby hairs.
Perfect Hair Day (PhD) In-Shower Styler, $26 at Sephora
You read that right. This hair styling product is used in the shower. After application, lightly rinse under water. The product that remains will enhance your hair’s natural waves as it dries/contracts. If you don’t already have a natural wave, toss your mane into a braid or bun for best results.
No More Blow High Speed Air Dry Spray, $14.50 at IGK
Want to cut your air-dry time almost in half? This spray accomplishes such a feat thanks to advanced flash cooling technology and a blend of lightweight, invisible starches that absorb moisture.