I have multiracial hair (African/European/Amerindian) and am transitioning from a spiral perm, and after a year of growth, I have about 10-12 inches of natural hair and about 12-14 of chemically treated hair. The natural hair looks to be 3b with some 3a and a little bit of 2-type hair at the roots of the front sections, but I am not sure how much effect the weight of the bottom half is having. (I don't want to cut any length.)
My question is, do those of you who airdry have any tricks of the trade? I want to airdry while the weather is still nice (I'm in Canada, so the winters are cold and I need to blowdry.) I have started washing my hair more often than I used to - every 3 days or so with conditioner - to wear it in tighter curls, and I usually use my diffuser, but I don't want to damage my transitioning hair more than I need to so I thought every other time I could airdry. But my hair looks TERRIBLE when I do. I have very thick hair (a 6 1/2 inch ponytail circumference) but it looks thin and like nothing when I airdry. The canopy gets frizzy, the roots lose their curl and the ends are undefined even with the perm.
My hair is always super-curly when it is soaking wet - more of a 3b/c look all over, even on the natural part, right to the roots. Then as it dries it stretches out and gets straighter. I leave conditioner in - lately it's been Aveda Elixir but I also use Elucence, Paul Mitchell and Too Shea
-and then I add a styler while it's still very wet - Biolage Gelee, Re:Coil
, Rockin Ringlets
and Confident Coils
are 3 I can think of - comb with a wide toothed comb which clumps it nicely, and don't touch it again till it's dry. If I rinse out my conditioner, my hair is horrible and dry so I can't go without that. I don't like the clipping and it really doesn't do anything for my hair. Any other tips?