The Best Ways to Air Dry Hair

The Best Ways to Air Dry Hair

The experts at Mèche Salon agree that one of the best ways to keep hair healthy and frizz-free is avoiding hot tools.  Mèche Salon‘s highly sought-after stylists have given us their best tips for going tool-free and embracing air dried hair.


From Guy Riggio:

The Deva Towel works well for getting excess moisture out. For girls with coarse curly hair, I recommend applying Oribe Super Shine Moisturizing Cream because it’s thick and rich. Apply through hair from root to tip focusing on ends. Crunch hair with hands and let dry. For girls with wavy, medium to fine hair, I recommend applying a small amount of Living Proof’s Thinkening Cream. Twist hair into a knot on top of the head (if you have bangs leave them out off the bun). Once dry let down and finger it into place. This look creates a very carefree beach look that is one of my favorites.

Bumble and Bumble

From Alessandra Saman:

I advise using Crème for Style by Oribe on towel dried hair. If you have wavy hair, twist product into ends with fingers. Shake hair out the next morning for tousled, sexy bed head. I also like to spray a little Bumble and Bumble Salt Spray and air dry. Next day, flip hair upside down and spray Texture Spray by Oribe for body. If products are too pricy, leave a little daily conditioner in your hair when washing and don’t rinse all the way out.

Redken Deep Conditioner

From Jasmin Robles:

I would recommend while washing hair to use a thick conditioning mask, rinse well after and towel dry hair by gently tapping hair to squeeze water out. A cotton t-shirt is a great way to dry hair without creating frizz. Comb hair with a wide tooth comb and add a bit of leave-in cream, conditioner, or serum. If hair is straight, use less product to no product from midshaft to ends. Put hair up in a bun or loose braid and let dry to create waves. You can also leave hair in its natural part and tuck front pieces behind ears while air drying to create loose, face framing waves.

Some helpful products to use when air-drying are Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, Oribe Super Shine Light Moisturizing Cream, Moroccan Oil and Redken Cooling Deep Conditioner for all hair types.

Tsubaki Oil

From Katsumi Kasai:

During the summer it’s better to apply products on damp, towel dry hair than blow drying because humidity will end up ruining your look. Products really depend on your hair type. Corse hair should use oil based products like argon, coconut or tsubaki oil. For frizzy hair, I recommend hair creams and anti-frizz products like shea butter or leave in conditioner. Those with fine hair should use minimum products or sparingly use anti frizz balm or beach spray. Straight hair should use small amount of oil and leave in conditioner to ends. For all hair types, it’s best to keep towel use to a minimum; I suggest patting hair dry rather than wrapping hair up as this creates frizz.

Oribe Gold Lust

From Jesse Montana:

When air-drying, I recommend using a hydrating conditioner like Inphenom’s Rinse Out Hair Treatment. Oribe’s Moisture and Control shampoo and conditioner are great for prepping unruly or curly hair for air-drying. Using a good amount of cream, oil or both depending on texture is always good for air drying hair too. I love prepping hair with Davine’s Sea Salt Primer at the root. Then for fine to medium hair, use a nickel size amount of cream or oil like Oribe’s Supershine Cream. Medium to coarse should use Oribe’s Supershine Cream mixed with Oribe’s Gold Lust. Wavy/curly hair should make sure to have enough product in hair so you hear it squish to avoid the hair from frizzing out from air drying. For fine hair with no texture, twist small/medium sections into spiral curls with the product prepped and let it air dry to create waves.

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  1. Thank you so much for these tips. I personally really needed these.

  2. We heard about patting hair instead, but these other ways I hadn’t heard. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Jennifer H says

    I rarely air dry, although I know it’s healthier. Thank you for these other options.

  4. Valerie Remy-Milora says

    I only air dry and i LOVE it! My girls do the same and they have the most beautiful healthy hair 🙂

  5. I air dry my hair all the time, and need these tips. I am going to try leaving a little conditioner in tomorrow to see if it reduces the frizz.

  6. My hair is naturally curly, so I tend to only air dry. The blowdryer just makes it poof. I really needed these tips, though.

  7. Angela S says

    I only air dry my hair because it’s curly. I struggle with knowing which products to use.

  8. oooh I’ll hve to try some of these! My hair is straight, but when I air dry it, it flips all over and looks a mess!

  9. Those are great tips. If I try to towel-dry my hair with a regular towel, I turn into a hot mess.

  10. I like to let my hair air dry, but then it usually isn’t easy to manage when I do. I want to try one of these products to see if it makes things easier for me!

  11. I need to try some of these products. My hair is currently a hot mess.

  12. SippyCupMom says

    I WANT/NEED that Surf Spray. I bet it’s amazing.

  13. I would love to try that surf spray! Sounds like a great product.

  14. Elaina At AtimeoutforMommy says

    I typically air dry my hair but I’m always looking for the best products to use to achieve a great look after air drying. I will check these out, thanks!

  15. I don’t air my air often but these are great tips

  16. Sarah @ Must Have Mom says

    I normally don’t air dry my hair. These are great tips though. I may have to try the Surf Spray.

  17. These are great tips.

  18. Kimberly Grabinski says

    I have very fine hair and most days if I air dry it, it just is limp and blah. I wonder if these tips would help.

  19. I’ll have to try this!

  20. Interesting. I typically air dry my hair just because it is short and it is easier, but I might have to try this because it does get kinda of dry and wild. 🙂

  21. I just cut all my hair so I need all the styling tips possible, thanks!

  22. These are some great products that I’ll try! I hate blow drying my hair.

  23. I can’t wait to try some of these products. I air dry my hair a lot because I have a ton of hair and I don’t always have the time to dry it with a hair dryer, but it looks CRAZY when I do, which usually means I have a messy, awful looking ponytail the rest of the day. Thanks for the tips!

  24. I’m all about air drying my hair in the summer! Thanks for these great tips 🙂

  25. Thank you for these tips! I was just thinking today (when I had to let my hair air dry because I didn’t have time to blow dry) that it’s such a pain to deal with. I will have to use some of these!

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