How To Dry Natural Hair In Easy Steps
Taking care of the natural Afro hair also known as “Natural Hair” is one of the hardest things a women has to do in her life. For me, it is up there with raising kids as far as toughness is concerned. Considering how many women have natural hair, it is quite amazing that most still struggle to take care of it. The voluminous and ultra curly nature of the hair creates too many problems. Drying is one of them – and today we are going to make your lives easier by telling you the best methods how to dry natural hair.
If you have natural hair, drying is just one of the long list of problems that you’re probably going through. Maintaining natural hair is no easy task. Some issues that you face with natural hair include whether to regular wash or co wash? How to moisturize them? How to dry natural hair without heat?
While all of these aforementioned problems are a muddle that need solving, our focus today is sharing with you how to day natural hair. It is an issue that is facing all of us after every single wash and needs addressing.
There are plenty of ways to dry natural hair like air drying natural hair, drying natural hair with t shirt and other methods that dry natural hair without blow dryer. But a lot of these methods that you use to dry natural hair are just a waste of time and energy. They do not give the results that you want. This is because you are doing it wrong.
Also, most techniques that are regularly used do not take into account the unique hair texture that comes with natural hair. They are bound to fail.
Below we discuss and explore easy ways how to dry natural hair, ways that have worked for us and will work for you. These methods are not just simple but require minimum time and energy on your part.
1. <Drying Natural Hair With T Shirt>
Drying natural hair with t shirt is the simplest way to dry natural hair. You don’t need much time or energy for this technique. It is important to know that a traditional towel which is not made up of 100% cotton material will not absorb water quite as well as a pure cotton t shirt of towel will. Furthermore, a towel with mixed polyester and cotton will lead to abrasion and hair damage.
Drying natural hair with t shirt works like a charm, especially if you are looking for ways how to dry natural hair without heat.
- Just take an old and plain colored t-shirt, one which is 100% cotton fabric.
- After washing your hair just gently press the cotton t-shirt onto your hair.
- Don’t rub the shirt on your hair because it will damage them.
- When you feel that excess water has been completely absorbed and your hair is damp instead of soaking wet, wrap the t-shirt around your hair.
- Make sure that the t-shirt covers the edges of your hair well.
- Remove the t-shirt after your hair is completely dry.
- You can also use a microfiber towel if you don’t want to use t-shirt.
2. Air Drying Natural Hair
How to dry natural hair? Air drying is one of the better techniques that you can use. Air drying natural hair protects your natural hair from dangers and damages that can be caused by blow drying. On top of that, air drying will give your natural hair that extra gleam while reducing your fro and curls. If you are looking for a way to dry natural hair without blow dryer, air drying could be what you need.
Most of us avoid air drying natural hair since it can be a long and taxing procedure. We don’t really have time for it most days. It is true that air drying natural hair is demanding of time, but the outcome is too good to ignore. Nevertheless, below is a technique for air drying natural hair that will save you some time and provide exceptional results at the same time.
- After a showering, gently squeeze your damp hair with a microfiber towel or with an old t-shirt.
- Wrap the t-shirt or microfiber towel around your hair for five minutes so that extra water may be absorbed.
- When your hair is semi day (say 60% dry), divide your hair into four sections with the help of your fingers and untangle them.
- Use a good quality moisturizer gel. Apply this gel using your fingers and palm according to recommended quantity on its pack.
- After applying moisturizer gel, plate or twist all the four sections and band your hair with a rubber band.
- Allow your natural hair to air dry completely.
- If your hair is thick and long, air drying natural hair will take some time. So be prepared for that.
- Now your hair is ready for styling. Enjoy the dry natural hair!
3. <How To Dry Natural Hair With Hooded Dry>
Let’s suppose you don’t have time to undergo the lengthy procedure that is air drying natural hair. Then what do you do? And how to dry natural hair?
This is the problem that every one of us has faced many times over in our daily life. If we use blow dryer, our natural hair will lose its moisture and give a bumpy look. So, if your craving for shiny, well-moisturized and well-set, relaxed hair in a short time – hooded dryer is the best option for you.
If you don’t have a hooded dryer and are going to purchase one, get the ionic hooded dry. Since our hair has negative as well as positive charges, the ionic hooded dryer will manipulate those charges to give better results compared to regular hooded dryers.
<Here is how to dry natural hair with hooded dry>
- After shampooing, just wrap your hair in a microfiber towel or with a t-shirt till they are semi dry.
- Lightly press the towel or shirt on your hair to suck up the water. Don’t be harsh with your hair.
- When your hair becomes semi-dry (say 40 to 50 percent), moisturize them with a heat protectant
- Dry your natural hair with the hooded dry for 5 minutes at most.
- Once done, your hair is ready for styling
<4. How To Air Dry Natural Hair Straight>
How to air dry natural hair straight? Straight hair without heat and chemicals… is this even possible?
The answer is yes! Now you can straighten your natural hair without heat and without taking anything away from their natural shine and texture. So, how to dry natural hair without heat?
We will tell you how to dry natural hair straight without heat in the easiest and simplest steps below. You already know that blow drying and ironing are less time consuming and pretty easy, but aren’t really worth it because of their long term damage to hair.
- Wash or co wash your hair.
- Cover your hair with a microfiber towel or a soft cotton t-shirt for five minutes.
- Gently squeeze your hair with the towel or t shirt and allow it to soak all the excess water.
- Untangle your hair with a wide tooth comb.
- Make sure your hair is damp and not completely dry.
- Divide your hair into four sections. If you have thick hair texture increase the number of sections.
- Grease your hair with a moisturizer preferably a Shea Butter hair cream.
- Applying the moisturizer from top to bottom and comb your hair well.
- Apply conditioner for extra moisture and again comb your hair.
- After that just twist all the sections and band them tightly.
- Wrap a scarf around your hair and leave it overnight.
- Next day comb your hair well again.
- You will get exceptional results with this air drying natural hair technique.
5. Correct Blow Dry Technique For Natural Hair
I would never prefer that you blow dry over air drying or hooded drying techniques because it would be a menace for your natural hair.
Blow drying can seriously damage your hair, your hair shafts and may even give you split hairs. Blow drying tends to remove all the moisture from the hair. In any case, sometimes, despite the fact that you don’t want to blow dry, you may have to because of a shortage of time. Anyhow, we can reduce the damage caused by blow drying by using the correct way of doing it.
Here is how to dry natural hair with blow dryer with the least amount of hair damage.
- Start with a regular wash or co wash.
- Make sure you use extra-moisturize shampoos and conditioner.
- Don’t start blow drying your hair immediately. Make sure your hair is semi dry before starting to blow dry. Use a microfiber towel or an old cotton t-shirt and cover your head with it for 5 to 10 minutes to semi dry.
- After that untangle your hair with a wide tooth comb.
- Sealing moisturizer or heat protectant is very important before your start blow drying. It protects your hair against heat and reduces the chance of any damage due to burning. It also protects your hair shafts from damage. Always use a good quality moisturizer before starting to blow dry. Don’t use natural oils as sealing moisturizers because they may burn your hair under a high temperature. Apply sealing moisturizer on your semi dry hair.
- Sectioning is very important part of blow drying. You need to divide your hair into four sections. If the volume of your hair is too large, then increase the number of sections. Remember, it is good to work in small sections instead of large ones.
- Always use your blow dryer at medium heat setting, never high.
- Make sure to start blow drying from roots to tips as it will give shine and smoothness to your hair.
- Always hold your blow dryer at a distance about at least 10 inches away from your hair.
- When blow drying your hair, always keep the dryer in continuous motion. Never hold onto it in one position for too long.
- Use attachments if possible, because they diffuse heat and spread it.
- After blow drying on medium setting, use the cold air setting on your dryer and blow dry your hair for 2-3 minutes. This will increase their shine.
We know very well that natural hair can sometimes be a pain to look after. But it is what it is. At the end of the day, natural hair has that bit of majesty about it that is worth the effort. We hope this article has helped you learn how to dry natural hair, and the next time you wash your hair, drying it will be easier and fun for you.