The Best Way to Air-Dry Your Hair—without Frizz or Fuss

The Best Way to Air-Dry Your Hair—without Frizz or Fuss

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The Best Way to Air-Dry Your Hair—without Frizz or Fuss

Written by: Brianna Peters

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Published on: September 20, 2022

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Photo courtesy of DanielBrunoGrandl/Blaublut-Edition.com

The confidence that comes from embracing your natural hair texture can be powerful. The bonus, of course, is that it keeps your hair healthy; blow-drying and heat-styling are damaging, no matter how careful you are. Top LA hairstylist (he often does Gwyneth’s hair for events) and creative director of Virtue Labs Adir Abergel loves a good air-dry—and he’s got incredible tips for making air-dried hair look its best.

1

Shampoo Makes a Major Difference
in the Way Your Hair Looks

When you blow-dry, you’ve got many steps (and styling products) that can potentially alter your hair’s appearance. When you air-dry, the fundamentals become more important, because you don’t have all the styling backup. “Pick a shampoo that’s specific to your hair’s needs,” says Abergel. “If you lack volume, use a volumizing shampoo. If it’s dry and brittle, use something really moisturizing. Shampoo really makes the biggest impact.”

  1. For Fighting Frizz


    Grown Alchemist Anti-Frizz Shampoo 0.5, goop, $49

    Grown Alchemist
    Anti-Frizz – Shampoo 0.5
    goop, $50
    SHOP NOW

  2. For Volume and Texture


    goop Beauty G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo, goop, $55/$38 with subscription

    goop Beauty
    G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp
    Scrub Shampoo

    goop, $55/$38 with subscription
    SHOP NOW

  3. For Rich Moisture


    Rahua Hydration Shampoo, goop, $36

    Rahua
    Hydration Shampoo
    goop, $36
    SHOP NOW

2

After You Condition, Rinse with Cold Water

“Conditioner can be just as important as shampoo,” says Abergel, so pick one that works for your hair type and texture. And, he says, a quick cold rinse before you hop out of the shower helps seal the cuticle, for less frizz and more shine.

  1. Nourishing


    Crown Affair The Ritual Conditioner, goop, $38

    Crown Affair
    The Ritual Conditioner
    goop, $38
    SHOP NOW

  2. Moisturizing


    Sangre de Fruta Garden of Earthly Delights Botanical Conditioner, goop, $52

    Sangre de Fruta
    Garden of Earthly Delights
    Botanical Conditioner

    goop, $52
    SHOP NOW

  3. Silkifying


    Dr. Barbara Sturm Hydrating Conditioner, goop, $60

    Dr. Barbara Sturm
    Hydrating Conditioner
    goop, $60
    SHOP NOW

3

Detangle in the Shower

“While your hair is wet and the conditioner is still soaking in, you have a little more slip, so you’re less likely to get breakage when you brush your hair,” says Abergel. He loves a wide-tooth comb or the popular Manta brush: “It’s so great and gentle on the scalp.”

  1. Wide-Tooth Comb


    Crown Affair The Comb No. 002, goop, $38

    Crown Affair
    The Comb No. 002
    goop, $38
    SHOP NOW

  2. Massages as It Detangles


    Manta Pulse Healthy Hair Brush Therapy, goop, $69.95

    Manta
    Pulse Healthy Hair Brush Therapy
    goop, $69.95
    SHOP NOW

4

Get Serious with Masks

“Treat your hair with a mask or serum once a week and your hair becomes more shiny and elastic,” says Abergel. His tip: Smooth hair treatments from about where your brows are down to your ends. “The first few inches of your hair are typically the most healthy—you don’t need to put treatments there,” he says.

  1. Treatment Serum (Do It Preshampoo)


    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Restore + Shine Hair Serum, goop, $55/$44 with subscription

    goop Beauty
    GOOPGLOW Restore + Shine
    Hair Serum

    goop, $55/$44 with subscription
    SHOP NOW

  2. Creamy Mask


    Innersense Hydrating Hair Mask, goop, $30

    Innersense
    Hydrating Hair Masque
    goop, $30
    SHOP NOW

5

Dry without Agitating

For a really special occasion (like the red carpet), Abergel sidesteps frizz by drying sopping-wet hair between paper towels or an old cotton T-shirt. “Place the ends of your hair between sheets of paper towels and scrunch it up so the paper towel soaks up most of the moisture,” he says. “It creates less friction, so your hair dries smoother.” In real life, microfiber towels perform a similar function, helping hair dry more quickly with significantly less frizz.

  1. Tuckable Sheet


    Crown Affair The Towel, goop, $45

    Crown Affair
    The Towel
    goop, $45
    SHOP NOW

  2. Turban-Meets-Sheet


    Aquis The Flip

    Aquis
    Flip Hair Drying Tool
    goop, $50
    SHOP NOW

6

Styling Creams and Oils Work Wet or Dry

Abergel suggests that those with curlier hair apply leave-in conditioner or frizz cream while the hair is still really wet. For straighter or wavy hair types, use a cream or oil after your hair is somewhat dry. “I smooth the product all over my hands like a hand cream, then run it through the hair,” he says. “That way, the product distributes evenly.”

  1. Rich, Thick Cream


    Grown Alchemist Smoothing Hair Treatment goop, $50

    Grown Alchemist
    Smoothing Hair Treatment
    goop, $50
    SHOP NOW

  2. Shine Serum


    True Botanicals Shine and Protect Hair Cream Oil, goop, $52

    True Botanicals
    Shine and Protect
    Hair Cream Oil

    goop, $52
    SHOP NOW

  3. Lightweight Oil


    Augustinus Bader The Hair Oil, goop, $50

    Augustinus Bader
    The Hair Oil
    goop, $50
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Editors’ Tricks for Their Best Air-Dry

Jean Godfrey-June

Jean Godfrey-June,
executive beauty director

Hair type: Wavy and dry

“I agree with Adir: Shampoo makes all the difference. I alternate between Grown Alchemist Nourishing and Rahua Hydration—I just can’t choose. But if I really want to make my hair look amazing, I use the goop hair serum before I shampoo: The resulting texture and shine are really noticeable. I think conditioner makes slightly less of a difference, but I use, again, the nourishing one from GA and the hydrating one from Rahua. I get out, smooth in leave-in conditioner from Sangre de Fruta, and brush my hair (once, ideally) with the incredible No. 002 brush from Crown Affair (it feels like heaven) and I’m done.”


  1. Grown Alchemist Nourishing Shampoo, goop, $50
    Grown Alchemist
    Nourishing Shampoo
    goop, $50
    SHOP NOW


  2. Rahua Hydration Shampoo, goop, $36
    Rahua
    Hydration Shampoo
    goop, $36
    SHOP NOW


  3. Sangre de Fruta Botanical Hair Elixir, goop, $96
    Sangre de Fruta
    Botanical Hair Elixir
    goop, $96
    SHOP NOW


  4. Crown Affair The Brush No. 002, goop, $62
    Crown Affair
    The Brush No. 002
    goop, $62
    SHOP NOW

Megan O’Neill, associate beauty director

Megan O’Neill,
associate beauty director

Hair type: Curly and dry

“My hair vibe is gently mussed and casual, whether I’m going into the office or sipping a negroni at a fancy wedding. To give my curls soft definition that’s not too polished, after washing I wrap it in this special microfiber towel that speeds drying time; then, after a few minutes, I spritz in this frizz-smoothing, super moisturizing leave-in cream that smells faintly of mango and vacation (a leave-in moisture bomb like this one is the secret to making curly hair shiny and manageable). I gather my damp lengths into four braids around my head and twist each one into a little bun secured with these skinny silk scrunchies that don’t snag (and look so, so cool). In the morning, I unravel the braids, and the resulting crinkly, beachy, silky texture is exactly what I want.”


  1. Crown Affair The Towel, goop, $45
    Crown Affair
    The Towel
    goop, $45
    SHOP NOW


  2. Rahua Hydration Detangler + UV Barrier, goop, $34
    Rahua
    Hydration Detangler
    + UV Barrier

    goop, $34
    SHOP NOW


  3. Crown Affair The Scrunchie No. 001, goop, $15
    Crown Affair
    The Scrunchie No. 001
    goop, $15
    SHOP NOW

Brianna Peters, associate beauty editor

Brianna Peters,
associate beauty editor

Hair type: Straight, fine, and highlighted

“If I leave my hair to its own devices, it air-dries lifeless and flat, with no wave, volume, or texture. Here’s what works: Once I’m out of the shower, I lightly towel-dry and then generously apply leave-in conditioner from my midlengths to ends. Then I split my hair into six sections when it’s still damp, twist each section, then twist three already-twisted sections together and clip them at the ends with these incredible clips. They easily secure my hair and don’t leave kinks or indentations. The result? Sexy, tousled hair with a not-too-perfect vibe.”


  1. Crown Affair The Leave-In Conditioner, goop, $48
    Crown Affair
    The Leave-In Conditioner
    goop, $48
    SHOP NOW


  2. Crown Affair The Air Dry Clips, goop, $48
    Crown Affair
    The Air Dry Clips
    goop, $48
    SHOP NOW

Camila Michaels, assistant beauty editor

Camila Michaels,
assistant beauty editor

Hair type: Thin, full, and straight

“As soon as I step out of the shower, I wrap my hair up in a towel so my hair dries faster, with a softer texture and a bit more volume. I brush my hair through once and—if I’m still in my apartment once it’s dried all the way through—I add two drops of this amazing hair oil to the ends for shine.”


  1. Aquis The Flip
    Aquis
    Flip Hair Drying Tool
    goop, $50
    SHOP NOW


  2. Act + Acre Cold Processed Hair Oil, goop, $50
    Act + Acre
    Cold Processed Hair Oil
    goop, $50
    SHOP NOW


  3. Manta Manta Pink Hairbrush, goop, $30
    Manta
    Manta Pink Hairbrush
    goop, $30
    SHOP NOW



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