Blowdrying vs air drying

Which method do you use for your hair? I have to wet my hair each morning, layer on product and then wait for it to dry which could take at least 5 hours. Once it is finally dry I can scrunch it out and it looks decent. By that time it doesn't even matter anymore. I hate the feeling of wet hair touching me.

Perhaps my blowdryer sucks, but if I blowdry my hair looks terrible. It gets frizzy and hard due to products. If I scrunch then it only becomes frizzier.

Which method can you use?
I diffuse it partially dry, then air dry. If I only air dry, the weight of the water pulls a lot of my curl out. I use the pixie curl method of diffusing, so my hair doesn't get blown around very much.
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I'm an air dryer. I never owned a diffuser until a few months ago, and, since I purchased it, it sits unused in my bathroom cabinet. My hair is still wet when I get to work, but I would rather have wet hair than frizzy, fried hair.
I diffuse now that it's colder. My head gets cold even in the house and gives me a headache if I air dry all the way.
I don't get enough frizz to make me want to air dry only. But then I tend to point it in toward my head and hold it pretty close to my head.
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Since it's been fairly cool/cold here in southeast Texas - a rarity for us! - my hair has been taking longer to dry. I won't leave the house with wet or damp hair. So here lately, I've been diffusing for about 5 minutes, then air drying while I get ready for work, eat breakfast, etc. By the time I'm almost ready to go, I diffuse it to either finish drying it or to scrunch out any crunch from my gel if I have any.
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It can be -10 or colder where I live..freezing cold!!
On the other hand, I can never get decent second day hair.
I usually wet my hair in the morning & scrunch/plop for 25-30 min, depending on how late I am!!

Have you tried using microfibre towels? Hair doesnt feel wet IMO, when I use it.
When I head out to catch the subway, I put the hood from my thick wintercoat over my head & make sure all of my hair is in there.
Otherwise, my hair is like ice!
On the subway I take of my hood, put it back on when I walk to school & when I arrive there:head to the restroom to scrunch my hair with papertowels...
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I air dry but my hair but it is pretty short and I'm willing to go to work with wet hair every morning. The downside is I'm never quite sure what my hair will look like when it's dry. Blowdrying just never works for me. For one I'm just too lazy and for two, it always seems to make my hair weird and frizzy no matter what I do. I know I should experiment but it's just so easy to let it air dry. I've been experimenting with gels lately but I put them on over lots of leave-in or cream stylers so I don't really get any appreciable crunch when air drying.

Michelle
I airdry if possible because I know my hair is much healthier instead of when I diffuse. I get less volume when I airdry, but I get better clumping and less fly-aways. Much less split ends as well, which is why I try to avoid it! Of course it's a pain to go around with wet hair for so long especially with my length, but I'm used to it I guess, it's the other people that look at me like I'm crazy.
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Most days I airdry, but that is because I am lazy and would rather sleep a little more than take 15 minutes to dry my hair in the morning. It does take about five hours to dry, and sometimes when my wet hair brushes my face it bugs me, otherwise I don't really care that I am walking around with wet hair.
I knew I wasn't the only one w/this problem!! LOL

I'm trying SO hard to be nice to my hair and let it do what it wants to do naturally, which is pretty much just make loose squiggly waves all over, but it's impossible to avoid blow drying when it's 12F outside...! I do have a finger diffuser that I use w/the lowest setting on my hairdryer, but it takes at least half an hour to dry my hair that way (read "I usually give up after 30 mins"), and I always seem to end up w/a halo of frizz; on the other hand, if I want to let my hair air dry, I basically have to plan on staying home all day, as it takes 6-8 hours...! (according to Fia's site, I do have thick hair, and that's after it's "flattened out" a bit) I've tried air drying for 1-4 hrs (depending on what I've got going on that day) and then diffusing, but I still get fly-aways; diffusing for 15 mins and then air drying the rest of the way doesn't help if I have to go out (I'm not leaving the house with wet/damp hair, not in this weather!), but the few times I've tried it when I wasn't going out, I still got the halo effect... GRRRRRRRRRRR!

am I doing something wrong when I diffuse that I end up frizzy? are there other products I could try that might help? is there something else I haven't considered?? obviously there's no way I can stay home and air dry every day, so I could really use some guidance here -- anything y'all can offer would be much appreciated! TIA!!

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I'm trying SO hard to be nice to my hair and let it do what it wants to do naturally, which is pretty much just make loose squiggly waves all over, but it's impossible to avoid blow drying when it's 12F outside...!
I know. It is so cold here it hurts, and it is only going to get colder. I was in a hurry a couple of mornings ago and I went out with still dampish hair and my hair actually froze.

I've been taking a shower as early as I can when I get home at night so it has time to dry (sometimes I diffuse for a few minutes to give it a boost) and then I take my chances with 2nd day hair.

It has been working well actually. I still jump in the shower in the am to feel awake, but I just don't wet my hair - the steam helps freshen it up tho!

I went to sleep with it damp a couple of nights and it was a bad scene the next morning, but I was undeterred and I just got creative with headbands, clips, etc.
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I've always been an airdryer- I just don't have the patience to deal with diffusing, and I'd rather get the extra sleep in the morning. With that said, my hair doesn't take that long to dry, it's well on the way to being dry by the time I get to work. The only exception would be when it's really hot and humid out, but I really don't see myself diffusing in the middle of summer anyway, lol.
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I only wash it twice a week and wear it up at work. If I do wash and have to go somewhere I will diffuse it partially dry and let it airdry the rest of the way. In the summer I airdry more often. Last week I washed it before church and didn't have time to diffuse. I went to church with icicles hanging from my head. It literally froze.
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I just prefer the look of diffused hair on me unless I sleep plop. Air dried takes all days, and my roots tend to stay wet, which deflates my volume. I wish I liked it better aridried since that is less damaging

If I sleep plop, it's mostly dry and easily diffused in the AM. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it's smushy on the curls.

It was -3F (-19C) when I left the house this morning, so there was no way I was going out with wet hair. Brrrr.
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I always air dry. My hair looks terrible if I blow dry, especially in the winter. I also hate wet hair on me.

So I have kept mine shorter, but now it is growing out. I am between hair dressers possibly so I thought I'd just let it grow while I make up my mind..or until I can't stand it.

I wash my hair in the evening now. Let it dry on the pillow. I also have noticed that if I comb it after I put in my leave in it looks better in the morning after it has dried. A little straighter, but I don't care.

Not sure if this is of any help though.
I just prefer the look of diffused hair on me unless I sleep plop. Air dried takes all days, and my roots tend to stay wet, which deflates my volume. I wish I liked it better aridried since that is less damaging

If I sleep plop, it's mostly dry and easily diffused in the AM. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it's smushy on the curls.

It was -3F (-19C) when I left the house this morning, so there was no way I was going out with wet hair. Brrrr.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
-3F is nothing going out with wet hair.
(I am just joking with ya....and saying that I have done much worse up here)
I was doing the same as you, but it got too cold here to go out with wet hair in the mornings. Now I'm doing my hair in the evening about 3 to 4 hours before I go to bed. It wont be completely dry, but I've found that if I use certain products (products with a little extra moisture & hold), it will look good in the morning. Don't scrunch out the product before bed, and sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase. In the morning I run my fingers alone my scalp fluffing a little, scrunch out product and thats about it.
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I just prefer the look of diffused hair on me unless I sleep plop. Air dried takes all days, and my roots tend to stay wet, which deflates my volume. I wish I liked it better aridried since that is less damaging

If I sleep plop, it's mostly dry and easily diffused in the AM. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it's smushy on the curls.

It was -3F (-19C) when I left the house this morning, so there was no way I was going out with wet hair. Brrrr.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
-3F is nothing going out with wet hair.
(I am just joking with ya....and saying that I have done much worse up here)
Originally Posted by Kurlee


I suppose that -3 isn't all that big of a deal for you. I'm just one of those lower 48 wussies! I had to remember not to mouth breathe when I left the house. It sort of stung.
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I sit under an ionic bonnet dryer for about 20 minutes, or until 80% dry. It doesn't give me the frizzies and its less painful than holding that darn diffuser up to my head.

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Very interesting topic.....I've been having the air drying vs. diffusing debate with myself lately. For those of you who remember me, you know that I *love* volume.....I love big hair But I could *never* have 2nd day hair. I had to wash, con., diffuse, and curl daily.....a lot of maintenance and very hard on my hair.

I had given up on encouraging my curls this past winter and just let my hair air dry....then went back over it, added a few curls with the curling iron (just like I do when I diffuse), shook, added a mist of HS and was on my way. A very interesting thing happened. My hair was shinier, softer, less frizzy and my curling iron added curls were smoother and shinier. And, to top it all off, I can finger comb my hair the next day and have nice looking waves.....it is amazing how much healthier my hair feels.

So now, when I diffuse (because I am in a hurry) I get comments like "did you get a perm?" becuase it is "curlier" but also duller and more frizzy. I think, for me, I am willing to give up some volume for shinier, healthier hair.

I have the problem though of not being able (or willing) to go out in public with wet hair and not wanting to get up two hours early so it can air dry either. When I was reading some old posts tonight though I came across quite a few that let their hair air dry but somewhere in the middle hit it with the diffuser just for a few minutes to speed things up.....may be the solution for me?

Chelle
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