While the perfectly coiffed blow-dry is a thing of beauty, if you’re short on time, want to give hair a day off from heat styling, or achieve a less polished, more lived-in look, here’s our edit of must-try, air-dry products.
The beauty of good air-dried hair is its effortless, ‘I woke up like this’ effect. In order to get the most out of your natural locks and reduce the frizz, static and unmanageability associated with most air-dried hair, it’s important that your strands are in the best condition possible. Whatever your hair type, start by washing with a hydrating shampoo to help restore moisture and repair breakage caused by heat tools, colouring or sun damage.
Try: Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo – fortified with six feather-light oils, this nourishing treatment works to undo damage and detangle all at the same time.
If your hair is fine to medium, boost your natural body and texture before you style with Bumble and bumble Surf Conditioner. Nourishing sea botanicals help to soften the hair shaft and create a silky feel even after it’s dry.
Towel-dry damp hair with a super-soft and absorbent AQUIS Hair Towel. Made with ultra-fine fibres, these specialist towels are cleverly woven to create channels that quickly wick water away from hair without snagging cuticles or causing friction, meaning far less frizz in the end result.
Remember, your hair is most delicate when wet, take care not to damage tresses by boisterous brushing. Try using a wide toothed comb to detangle unruly locks with ease, without snagging or yanking.
Best For Fine Hair: If your hair is fine to medium, look for lightweight styling products that won’t weigh hair down or make it appear greasy and lank.
Try: IGK Rich Kid Coconut Air-Dry Styler – this oil gel formula is ideal for fine hair. Start by applying a small amount to towel-dried hair, but be sure to keep the product away from roots and only apply to the mid-lengths and ends of hair, starting from the middle of each strand and working into the ends.
Top Tip: Twist the hair in sections around your fingers, into a bun or braid before releasing soft, natural, frizz-free waves.
Fine hair can often fall flat. To ensure your air-dried style has the best possible of chance of looking thick and full, look for styling products that help to swell the hair shaft.
Try: Living Proof Full Thickening Cream – featuring Living Proof’s Thickening Molecule, this lightweight cream works to form thickening dots between each stand of hair, helping to make the hair look and feel thicker in a natural way.
Best For Curly Hair: Infused with kale and carrot proteins, Ouai Air Dry Foam enhances and encourages hair’s natural wave patterns and so will help hold locks featuring a natural kink or curl. Designed to revolutionise the air dry process, this innovative foam formula softens strands, fights frizz and adds definition to existing curls, imparting touchable texture that lasts.
Top Tip: Massage this mousse into towel-dried hair and scrunch and go.
Best For Thick Hair: Thicker, longer hair can take its time to dry, but if you’re in a hurry, reduce drying time with IGK No More Blow Air Dry Spray. Formulated with an innovative blend of lightweight starches and advanced flash cooling technology, it helps to dry the hair naturally and so makes it an obvious choice for pre-work, gym mornings.
Spray onto towel-dried hair in sections before massaging in with your fingers, working from root to top, ensuring every strand is coated.
Top Tip: For thick or curly hair, twist and scrunch as you spray to help hold your natural curl. Once hair is dry, finish with IGK Speechless Hair and Body Dry Oil Finishing Spray for added shine.