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How to Dry Your Hair Fast in 7 Easy Steps

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Picture this: You’re finally unpacking your bags at the resort you’ve been excited to go to for months when the sudden realization hits you – you forgot your blow dryer at home. “How will I ever dry and style my hair in time?” you frantically ask yourself. Fortunately, we’re here to help you dry your hair just as fast as it would take you to go online and order a new blow dryer! 

Our hair experts have devised a simple, fast, and easy-to-follow method of natural air-drying – 7 steps and you’re done! Here’s everything you need to know. 

Table of Contents:

  • Blow-Drying vs. Air-Drying
  • How to Dry Your Hair Fast: The 7-Step Air-Drying Guide
    1. Condition it
    2. Squeeze it well
    3. Pat it with a Towel
    4. Plop it
    5. Comb it
    6. Use the Right Products
    7. Bask in the Sunrays

    Blow-Drying vs. Air-Drying 

    While blow-drying has the immediate advantage of time efficiency, especially for those with long locks, air-drying is a lot more beneficial when it comes to long-term hair care. Here are a few reasons why you should consider air-drying your hair as much as possible, rather than using a blow dryer:

    • Since you are protecting your hair from heat damage, your hair might start feeling smoother and moisturized. Heat opens up the cuticles and makes your hair frizzier and dryer. 
    • Through air drying, your hair loses moisture organically, so it will stay hydrated for longer. On the other hand, blow-drying the hair makes it lose moisture immediately. 
    • Color-treated hair will definitely benefit from air-drying. Heat causes the color to fade out faster, which is why you are also advised to rinse your colored hair with cold water or lukewarm water at the very least. Then air dry it, and the color will stay on for longer.
    • Allowing your hair to air-dry also preserves your hair’s natural texture, which is especially beneficial for those with curls and waves. Alternatively, it’s also good for those not entirely sure of their hair type because of all the heat damage they have accumulated over the years. 
    • Finally, this natural method of drying can prevent breakage too. This is because there is no heat concentrated on just one part of the hair, especially around the ends, and also no brush involved – as most people opt to blow-dry their hair while brushing it at the same time.

    How to Dry Your Hair Fast: The 7-Step Air-Drying Guide

    Now that we’ve seen just how efficient and (healthier) air-drying is, here’s an easy, all-natural hair-drying routine that will get your hair in a style-ready shape in no time!

    1. Condition it 

    After shampooing your hair, make sure to condition it too, because it will help your hair dry faster. 

    We know - moisturizing your hair when you want the complete opposite effect might sound a bit counter-intuitive at first, but you need to trust the process. Conditioning prepares it for all the work it has to withstand outside the shower because it adds a protective layer. 

    This layer also repels water, so it will be easier to dry out your hair, even without a blow dryer. 

    2. Squeeze it well 

    If you do not squeeze your hair well, the drying process will take painfully long, especially without a blow dryer. Therefore, make everything easier for yourself and gently squeeze all that water out. And when you think that you’re just about done, give it one final squeeze, just to make sure. 

    3. Pat it with a Towel

    Wrapping it in a towel once you’re out of the shower is the next step – and make sure it’s a microfibre one! 

    Start by drying your roots well so there won't be any water going down your freshly patted ends. When you are sure that you've dried your roots as much as possible with the towel, go down towards the ends, but do not rub! 

    As we’ve said before, rubbing can immediately lead to frizz and breakage. Take your time while patting and scrunching your hair gently. Finally, you might want to try a microfiber towel instead of your normal one because it absorbs more water and is not as harsh on the hair. 

    4. Plop it

    If you have curly or wavy hair, you might want to put your hair scrunched up in a t-shirt for about 10 minutes while you go about your business, saving some time. Even if you do not have this type of hair, you can still wrap it with a towel in a turban style for a few minutes. 

    5. Comb it

    Once the fabric has done its job, it’s time to get to work. Use an appropriate brush for wet hair and start combing through it gently. 

    You can also try using your fingers. They are not as precise, but they are gentle and offer a bit of shaking off the excess water in your hair. 

    6. Use the Right Products

    Thankfully, some products on the market are formulated for this exact, no blow-dryer scenario – quick-dry and air-dry products. 

    Hair mousse might also help speed things up, as it contains alcohol, which evaporates immediately, resulting in a fast chemical dry. However, be warned that, based on your hair type, your hair might not react well to it, so be sure to read the fine print before applying it. 

    This is also the time to apply your usual hair-care products like oils or serums. Just because you are trying to get your hair to air-dry faster, that doesn’t mean that you have to neglect its routine. 

    7. Bask in the Sunrays:

    And there you are! There is nothing left to do other than to let your hair do what it does best – air dry. 

    If possible, look for a place where the sun is shining so that your hair can absorb the warmth and dry even faster than normal. As an added tip, don’t forget to give your hair a little fluff at the roots or shaking once in a while – surprisingly enough, it really does help!

    Marius Capra

    Charismatic copywriter, intrepid linguist, and advertising aficionado. To make a long story short, writing has always been both my greatest passion, and the one thing that would always bring me comfort - whether it was in the form of short stories, poetry, or academic writing. I love to write because I live to express myself as authentically as I can, and I am a firm believer in the fact that words can always do you justice… if you choose the right ones of course.

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