There are a few reasons why we’ve adopted less frequent hair washing habits in favor of a dry shampoo-heavy routine, and a not insignificant one is how long it takes for freshly washed hair to dry of its own accord. Sure, there are a wealth of products made for hastening the blow-drying process, but whether you’re an air dryer by nature or are making an effort to minimize heat damage, air drying requires a level of commitment (and amount of time) that we don’t always have. Rather than reach for the blowdryer with our tails between our legs, try these four tips for how to make hair dry faster.
Gently wring out your hair before you towel dry.
Getting as much water out of your hair as you can before leaving it to air dry is key. When you’re just out of the shower and your hair is still soaking wet, use your fingers to separate it into large sections and move your hands from the top of the hair to the ends of each section, squeezing as you go, to ease water out of the hair without rubbing.
Get a new towel—and make sure it’s absorbent.
The towel you’re using to absorb the bulk of remaining water out of your hair could just not be cutting it anymore. Certain fabrics are more absorbent than others, and manmade microfiber tops off that list—and it’s more affordable than most other linens, too. If you have especially long hair, Turbie Twist Microfiber Super Absorbent Hair Towel can’t be beat. The twist and loop system holds hair in place while the fabric absorbs water from the hair—genius.
Use a brush with microfiber.
We don’t know who came up with the idea behind the Goody QuickStyle Paddle Brush with Microfiber Bristles, but they deserve some serious accolades. The bristles of the brush absorb water as you run it through your damp hair, so it essentially serves the purpose of both a detangling brush and a towel. Needless to say, it makes a major difference on freshly washed hair.
We don’t advise using alcohol-based products to hasten drying every day—because they can be so, well, drying—but when combined with alcohol, water on the surface of the hair evaporates quicker than it would on its own. Misting wet hair with a touch of a lightweight hairspray or a setting spray that contains alcohol will help to zap the moisture out of hair in a pinch.
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