want to start airdrying..ahhhh! lol

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hey guys i have 2c/3a curls and i usually diffuse them.

ive been getting irritated bc i ALWAYS have to touch up with a curling iron bc i feel in the process, i get alot of volume which is LOVE and CRAVEEEE LOL but a bunch of sections get frizzy & i have some like straight and 2a sections and it irritated me so much!

i was watching youtube and i saw this girl who uses pretty much the same products as me and her hairs a little longer but today after my shower i tried using her routine and my hair is currently full of my products and airdrying, it feels so weird for me i hate having a wet head!...and also i feel like i look so ugly like a wet dog..lol

so my questions...lol

how long does it usually take your hair to air dry?

i am hoping that by air drying it makes my curls stay how they should and not get as messed up .. i really dont wanna use heat everyday to fix curls...

how does your hair differ when you let air dry and diffuse? and also has your hair gotten alot healthier??

i would love to hear some hair routines also

thanks girls xooxoxo
curl pattern:
shampoo & conditioner at the moment-
macadamia oil by hair chemist.
dt-coconut oil & macadamia oil deep conditioner
products i am loving at the moment:
macadamia oil leave in (hair chemist), miracle 7 leave in mist, ion spray gel, treseme heat protectant mousse & loreal hair texturizer
I don't diffuse my hair I prefer to let it air dry because diffusing takes too long and I prefer to not do any work. I did try diffusing a couple of times when I was on vacation and needed my hair to dry quicker and I didn't see a huge difference in my curls. This also depends on your hair, my hair is very long waist length when straight but when curly it's about mid to lower back length, my curls are spirals and they hold their shape pretty well no matter what I do to them. I can see where air drying would help if you have looser curls and you didn't want the diffusing and handling process to mess with them.

The time it takes to air dry differs from person to person. It depends on how thick your hair is. My hair is quite thick and long so it takes hours for my hair to air dry sometimes about six and a half hours for it to be fully dry. I cut down on this time by using a microfibre towel when I get out of the shower, it sucks up a lot of the water but still leaves my hair damp enough to style. Since you are trying to keep your curl formation you probably don't want to do the micro fibre thing.

Applying heat to touch up your curls isn't the best option especially if you are doing it more than once in a while. Repeated use of heating tools especially those you have to hold in your hair for a while like a curling iron may cause heat damage and another reason some of your hair won't curl. When I had heat damage back when I started out I used these small heatless plastic rollers on the few strands that were more straight than curly. I put them in after applying my leave in and by the time my hair was dry I took them out and I had curls using no heat. Eventually I grew out the damage and cut those ends off.
I have medium to low porosity hair that is not only coarse, but dense.

Takes 6+ hours to dry (assuming I got it fully wet).

But I air-dry anyway. I can't figure out how to diffuse and counteract frizz. When I air-dry, I can go gel-less....

To answer your question, I usually conditioner style, and I haven't really noticed much a difference between that and gel-styling, except that my hair dries faster when I use a gel.

I don't use heat. I've recently started using KCKT as my sole conditioner, and I really love it, except for the price---but I can usually touch up on the frizz with my JC and/or some jojoba oil. I'm trying Tresemme Naturals with jojoba oil next...

I co-wash with TN Radiant Volume (or low-poo, depends on the build-up), and then after rinsing the condish out, raking the leave-in through my hair, while detangling and clumping. After that I seal and then air-dry.
Hair Type: 3c/4a, Coarse, Med-High Density, Med-Low Porosity
Curly since '09

Last edited by Sandi; 01-24-2013 at 06:34 PM.
One thing that I do that dramatically cuts down my air dry time (I don't like diffusing) is my Curls Like Us towel. You can get them in sets of two and they are super cute but they are also super absorbent. I use one every morning to scrunch water out of my hair after I've applied all my products. Cuts the dry time in half.


Fine/thin 2c/3a, Low-Medium Porosity, Dry!
Take a shower in the evening, put your products in as if you were going to go out, let your hair dry while you're home during the evening/night. Before bed, your hair should be mostly, or all the way, dry. If you use gel, leave in the crunch because it'll un-crunch mostly as you sleep on it. Get a scrunchy and sleep with it in a high pony tail or bun, but very loosely to keep from leaving marks. In the morning, take it out. For me it is very voluminousness and curly, and the gel crunch is mostly gone. You could stop here if you like it. At this point I always use a spray bottle to slightly dampen my hair, then apply a little more gel to get a little extra definition. When I drive to school/work, it dries(b/c I barely wet it). When I get where I'm going, I just bend over, re-scrunch my hair to get the crunchyenss of the gel out, and I have soft bouncy curls It works really well and takes virtually no time or effort! Plus, you don't have to go out with sopping wet hair!
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Some folks like to "plop" to cut down on drying time, search the forums for info...

3B, Fine, Med D, Norm P&E
LowP: Kinky Curly Come Clean (50% EVOO)
NoP: As I Am CC
RO: Suave Tropical Coconut/VO5 Shea Cashmere
3B, Fine, Normal P, Normal E, Low-Med D
LowP: Kinky Curly Come Clean (50% EVOO)
NoP: As I Am CC
RO: Suave Coconut, VO5 Shea Cashmere
LI: KCKT or CJBCLI or HETT/HENOYF (w/ 8 drops GSO)

"To much is given, much is expected"
i dont defuse or use a dryer if i can help it, i always try to let my hair air dry. now that its winter i normally do my hair stuff in the evening and go to bed with it still a bit damp so when i wake up there dry enough for me to wear outside. but in summer i love my curls drying in the sun! they pop really nicely

my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.

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