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Old 08-12-2011, 07:22 PM   #1
 
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The subject pretty much says it all: How long does it take your hair to air dry?

My hair is middle/average density and takes on average 3-4 hours to dry. I remember reading somewhere that if your hair takes a long time to dry that you still need to get your hair to the right moisture balance. Is that right? Is 3-4 hours for average hair too long? My hair is feeling softer/less dry these days, but this makes me wonder...

Tell me your experiences!
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maybe 2.5 hours to `mostly` dry. Then another hour to ``really`` dry. I have fine hair on the thin side of normal.
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Old 08-12-2011, 08:47 PM   #3
 
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Without diffusing I can easily go over the 7 to 8 hour mark. Its not even an option.
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I never really understood how it took people so long for their hair to dry! I think I'm around the 2-3 hour mark myself but I suppose I do plop for about 30-40 mins if I can which takes out quite a bit of moisture.
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Old 08-13-2011, 01:30 AM   #5
 
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My hair takes about 7-8 hrs to air dry. I think it takes so long because its really thick and I have a lot of it. On wash days, I wash it before I go to bed and put twists all over.when I wake up in the morning its almost completely dry.
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Old 08-13-2011, 01:42 AM   #6
 
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About 2 hours for it to start looking decent but a good 3-4 for it to be finally done drying XD

It's so annoying and makes me want to go out and invest in a good diffuser!!
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Productless - 2-3 hours
With LI and gel (FSG makes it dry realllllly slow) - 4 to 6 hours. The more product, the longer the dry time.

I had never heard that about about the moisture balance. I think it has more to do with texture, porosity, density and length. Course hair takes longer than fine hair, and non porous hair takes longer than porous hair, etc.
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Old 08-13-2011, 05:26 PM   #8
 
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I put a ton of product in my hair. After I diffuse part way it takes 3-4 hours to dry. I rarely just air dry, but I'd guess 5-6 hours?? with product in it.
If my damp hair is allowed associate too closely with other hairs (in rollers, in damp pineapple, pin curls, etc.), it will form a union and refuse to dry. It must take a little while to organize the union, because it will be a tad dryer, but not much. Good thing I'm not living before the 1960's because my hair sets would never dry.
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Mine is average density, medium-coarse, low porosity.

If i do a great job squeezing out water with the t-shirt, about 5 hours to dry.

Mind you, this is WAY less time than it used to take!

I do not think slow drying hair is any sort of indication of hair needing moisture or whatever, it's more to do with porosity, texture, and amount of hair. And how much stuff you put in it - I've always left in conditioner and either gel or mousse so that makes it slower I am sure.
When mine was all one length and over a yard long, it took 36 hours to dry, usually. A night, a day, and a night. Combination of length, density, texture and porosity.
Like Ped, mine doesn't dry if it's wrapped or braided. If I ponytail it will still be wet in the inside the next day, roller sets never dry without some serious heat.

But I do air dry usually anyway. Wake up at 5 so it's always dry by lunchtime and my work doesn't care, other people with curly hair come in with it wet, it's not just me.
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Old 08-13-2011, 06:06 PM   #10
 
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Productless: 2-3 hours, with mousse or gel: 4 1/2
It's terrible, having my hair wet for more than half the school day, I'm so glad I bought a diffuser.
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9 hours.
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Old 08-14-2011, 12:12 AM   #12
 
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Low porosity really dense hair causes it to take 10 hours

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UGH, my hair is so thick and it's low/medium porosity, so naturally it takes eons to dry. It also probably doesn't help that I put gel in it With gel, it takes about 3 hours to get to a decently wearable stage -- it looks crunchy because it's wet, but it's by no means bad. I guess it kind of likes to chill at that stage for a while because it looks basically the same for the next 2 or so hours. And then, randomly, it just poofs out and is dry! Too weird! My hair pretty much SOTCs itself. And then I am left with big swirly wurls that took five hours to show up.
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Thanks, everyone! Sounds like I'm pretty average in this department: 2 hours productless, 4-5 with gel, NEVER if in a pineapple.

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I had never heard that about about the moisture balance. I think it has more to do with texture, porosity, density and length. Course hair takes longer than fine hair, and non porous hair takes longer than porous hair, etc.
This makes a lot more sense. Thanks!

Having a baby, I just can't walk around with wet hair and expect it to look good after 5 hours. So I've been washing at night and pineapple-ing. It's still damp in the morning, but with a little LOOB to refresh, I think it's working pretty well! Now if I could just get him to stop pulling it...
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OMG this is an eye-opener for me. I always thought it was just me that took hours to dry my hair and walk around with (hard) wet wavy curls. And I thought you all could SOTC after an hour or so...

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Old 10-25-2011, 02:16 PM   #16
 
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my hair is fine, super thick, low porosity, and chin length. It takes over two hours to air dry. It doesn't really bother me that it takes this long cause I just throw on a headband and it dries in place so my hair is already styled for the day.
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Old 10-25-2011, 02:28 PM   #17
 
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I have thin, fine hair but it still takes me almost five hours to air dry. Every salon I've ever been to has said something about how much water my hair holds. It takes about 45 mins to mostly dry with a diffuser.
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I washed my hair at 5:30 this morning and it's 9:15 now...still damp. I usually get impatient and diffuse or sleep on it, so I'm not sure, but I'd guess more than 4 hours.
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From soaked to dry, with product in it, around 3-4 hours. I cowashed this morning around 7, and my hair was 100% dry by 11.
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OMG this is an eye-opener for me. I always thought it was just me that took hours to dry my hair and walk around with (hard) wet wavy curls. And I thought you all could SOTC after an hour or so...
Same here. Quite enlightening to know I'm not the only one.

On average, my hair (hair length to just past armpits, borderline-thin, average porosity and texture) takes no less than 4 hours to dry, when I have the time to wash and let it air-dry. 4 hours is really the earliest I feel safe scrunching the crunch, but there's still random curls that feel "squooshy", not quite dry but not really wet either. Just kind of moist.

I typically shower and plop at night, and when I get up (about 9 hours later) my hair is still wet, not a dry hair to be found. But it dries pretty quickly at that point, about an hour (when I leave for work). A half hour later, when I get to work, it's dry enough to scrunch.

Before CG, I would wear my hair in a half-ponytail, a style I hated (and still despise), but it was invaluable for it's efficiency at keeping clumps of hair from flopping in my face. Anyway, I'd shower, brush the top of my head back into that ponytail, and head to work. Some 10 hours or so, when I'd arrive home, I might remove the hairclip and discover that that particular section was still somewhat damp. Not drippy, exactly, but definitely not dry. Cold and clammy to the touch, too.
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