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Tips for Air Drying Your Hair

Summer should be more than backyard slip-and-slides, burnt burgers, and awkward tan lines. ‘Tis the season to embrace natural beauty and rock easy, breezy, carefree style. Here to help, we’ll let you in on the season’s biggest secret perk: air drying. Spend less time battling blow dryer heat and more time enjoying the sun. Here’s how to hack your hair with summer air.

A bright routine                                        

The right look starts with the right routine. Begin with the proper shampoo and conditioning formula for your hair type. Well-formulated products are especially important when air drying, as healthy, conditioned locks are much easier to control without help from a blow dryer. A great shampoo-conditioner duo can hydrate cuticles and coax wayward strands into behaving–even a temporary switch can yield dramatic results. Note your environment and adjust accordingly. Volumizing products, like Paul Mitchell Invisiblewear Volume Whip, are great for battling humidity, and Sexy Hair Healthy Sexy Hair So You Want It All will add a little extra moisture in arid climates. If you want a lived-in look with minimal fuss, this simple switch will get you there.


Product and protect

Humidity is notorious for adding extra poof and oomph to even just-about-straight hair. But you can fight back. Reach for a towel and some trusty product as soon as you exit the shower. Squeeze out as much water as you can before gently wrapping your hair with terrycloth to soak up any remaining moisture before your next step. Excess water dilutes the formula, diminishing its effectiveness, and essentially wastes valuable product–yikes! Once towel-prepped and ready to go, apply the proper product for your hair type.

Signature Style hair model with curly hair
Minimize frizz all summer long with the right process and products.

For heavyweight waves

Thick and curly hair? Try combing a moisturizing leave-in product through towel-dried hair. Ensure each strand is well-coated to tame the frizz and ensure the best results. Hint: Biolage Hydrasource Conditioning Balm is excellent for adding hydration, silkiness, and shine. For style control, work with a texture cream to comb and direct hair into place. DESIGNLINE Curl Lock Curl Cream provides enough structure to hold heavy hair while still leaving the strands feeling soft and manageable, and you can define your curls using the same product by gently winding strands around your finger.


Fine hair up there?

If your hair is on the finer side, grab a strengthening leave-in conditioner, like It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin, to expand the strands and maximize volume. Then, after a quick comb-through, apply a lightweight styling product, like DESIGNLINE Texture Tousle Flexible Finisher, from roots to ends. When finished, flip your hair upside down, tousle, and dry in the sun for a lived-in look that lasts all day.


Whether your hair is fine and flat or thick and curly, wild and wispy, or perfectly maintained, everyone could enjoy the benefits of air drying in the hot, summer months. For more information on products and styling, visit your Signature Style salon for custom tips and tricks.



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