How to Style to Have Dry Curls

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Who has a styling technique that will allow me to have curly hair that is dry so I don't have to go out with wet hair?
Medium Texture, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity, Long, 3b, Brunette, Highlights.

Shampoo-
Head and Shoulders
Daily Conditioner & Leave In-Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Conditioner
Creme-Ouidad Curl Quencher Hydrafusion Curl Cream
Deep Treatment-Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition
Highlights-Foils from the Salon

I use cotton towels like Curlease or Curls Like Us, or a big old cotton t-shirt, sometimes a microfiber towel, to gently scrunch out excess water before and after putting in styling products. Some people find microfiber gives them frizz though. If your hair is longer you should look into plopping. I follow the scrunching with towels with using a high performance, professional quality blow dryer with a diffuser. If you have low porosity hair it takes longer to dry and it's definitely a challenge and especially as the weather gets colder. Good luck!
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Medium Texture/Normal Porosity
Conditioners: Curl Junkie conditioners, Elucence moisture balancing, Darcy's pumpkin seed, Mop Top Daily
Gels: CJ Pattern Pusha, CJ Curl Queen, UFDCM, Mop Top Curly Custard, KCCC (wish it didn't take so long to dry!), CJ Aloe Fix Lite
Weekly PT (CJ Repair Me) & DT
Icequeen method
CG since Aug. 08, still a lot to learn

Have you tried a braid out or a twist out overnight? They seem to work fairly well.
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2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Cond./ Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTCucs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC, SS CEJ
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
If I have to have dry hair them I will use a diffuser. But most of the time I go out with wet hair.
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Diffusing for a little bit. Or plopping can minimise drying time too.
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3A with some 3B thrown in. Medium porosity. Medium Thickness. High density.

Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: SM Coconut & Hibiscus shampoo / ElastaQP Créme Conditioning shampoo
Conditioner: Jason Moisturising Aloe Vera Conditioner

D/C: Experimenting!

Leave-in: Baptism rinse
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
I second everyone above.

I suggested this elsewhere in some or other forum here, and it maybe sounds controversial, but: I own a tower-shaped space heater that displays temperature, which typically doesn't get any hotter than 75-78 degrees. When I don't have time to air dry and I don't want to stand around patiently holding a hand-held dryer and I'm not up to setting up my hood dryer, I simply sit about 1 or 2 feet away from my space heater and occasionally pull my hair back layer by layer as my hair dries. It dries very quickly that way. The fan inside is fairly powerful. Plus my hands are free much of the time so I can read or do some other task. Tower heaters cover far more area than other heat/fan sources. My hair looks pretty good after it dries this way too.

Of course I'd watch it w/high alcohol content products - would stay a little further away from the unit or not use it at all. Unorthodox? You betcha. Does it work? For me it does, anyway.

Another alternative, if you have an area of your house where sunlight flows in, is to allow the sun to warm and dry your hair. Opening windows to let air in at the same time will further speed the process. You can do it outside w/the understanding that you're at the mercy of any strong winds. When I dry by way of the sun, I wear sunscreen on my skin and try and face away from the sun most of the time. Since my hair is hennaed, it is pretty well protected from UV rays. Some or other hair product might also be used for this purpose.

One more alternative (at least): Can stand or sit in front of the heat streaming out of the vent in your home.
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Last edited by Korkscrew; 10-25-2013 at 05:19 AM.
To expand on what Korkscrew suggested, in the mornings I'll turn my heat up in my car and point it toward my hair, so it'll be somewhat dry (at least in front) by the time I get to work. I don't have a space heater that blows at work, but I do have one that gives off heat - so I'll set that on my desk and it cuts my drying time down a bit.
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2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Cond./ Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTCucs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC, SS CEJ
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
^^I do this too! I actually do this more often than I diffuse.

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