Dry time takes FOREVER, is there ANYTHING to do?

Hi! This is my first post, though I have gotten so much advice from lurking on this board in the past, thanks everyone!
I am so so so so frustrated with the sheer amount of time it takes my hair to air dry. Now If I follow the whole no-poo, clips, air dry system, it is true that when it is finally fully dry and I take the clips out, my hair looks good, just like I want it to. But my problem is that HONESTLY, for my hair to be fully, truly, COMPLETELY dry, that takes almost SIX HOURS! I know that's long, I don't know why it takes so long, but it does. If I get frustrated and just take the clips out early, my hair looks good for like 30 minutes and then is a little flat and frizzy. For my hair to have volume and STAY full of volume it has to be 110% dried. But I hate the wait time! If I have a big night or something going on during the day I want to have good hair for, I have to factor in SIX HOURS ahead..
So, my question is this--Is there ANYTHING i can do to shorten the dry time? I have tried the diffuser route, and it makes my hair feel awful and I think it looks worse when I use it. ANthing else...Any advice/empathy?
I don't have that much advice because I have the same problem ... it takes four hours or more for my hair to dry completely, even if I plop for 30 minutes. Diffusing also makes my hair frizzy, no matter if it's hot or cold air, low or high power ...

What you could try is plopping overnight, so that your hair is almost dry in the morning.
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I have the same problem. My hair takes many hours to air dry. (My hair texture is fine, but I have tons of volume.) I end up having to use a diffuser, which isn't good for my hair.

I can't dry overnight because it gets cold at night most of the year and it's not comfortable to go to bed with wet hair, and if I leave the heating on all night, then that will fry my hair.

If I wash my hair in the morning before I go to work, I end up going to work with scraggly, messy wet hair.

This past winter, I just gave up trying to have wavy hair and blow dried my hair straight every day, because it was just too cold to go around with wet hair.
I have been known to do my hair at night and pin curl it into place..cos if I didn't I'd look like a true frizz monster. It's worked the few times I've done it, and it hasn't stopped me sleeping.Did put a towel over my pillow so I didn't end up with a soggy pillow.
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Last edited by brandym22; 01-26-2010 at 06:54 PM.
OMFG! I could've written your post word-for-word! In fact, I swear I posted about this last week or so...I did!!! You can probably find it if you look/search!!!

But like you....yes...it takes my hair HOURS to air-dry....it takes longer now with CG than it did before (with air-drying, even) because I put the product in when dripping wet. I never did that before.

Plopping made things worse for me. Not so sure I am going to do that again!!!

Here is an idea, though....that you certainly should at least give it a whirl! I used to do it all the time, but now I am a SAHM and unless I am going somewhere, I generally just start the hair early since I go nowhere during the day with my kids...(if I have to..then it isn't a 'hair-day' to being with and I toss it up).

BUT....take a floor fan...(the square fans you use in the summer that sit on the floor)....put it on low or medium (medium dries it faster)....position it by your bed....lay down....drape your hair over the side of the bed so the fan is hitting it...and take a snooze at the same time!! You get the cool air (no heat!!!) and it isn't like concentrated air where it is blowing you all over the place causing you to frizz out.

I loved it so much that back in my pre-married/kids days, I even took the fan to a fancy hotel I stayed in once!! I was in the elevator with a friend of mine with the fan in one hand and suitcase in the other. Some dude that was in there with us said, "They didn't tell me the air conditioning was out here". OMG. I could've died. I just said, "um...it's a hair thing!!" LOL!!!!!!
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OMFG! I could've written your post word-for-word! In fact, I swear I posted about this last week or so...I did!!! You can probably find it if you look/search!!!

But like you....yes...it takes my hair HOURS to air-dry....it takes longer now with CG than it did before (with air-drying, even) because I put the product in when dripping wet. I never did that before.

Plopping made things worse for me. Not so sure I am going to do that again!!!

Here is an idea, though....that you certainly should at least give it a whirl! I used to do it all the time, but now I am a SAHM and unless I am going somewhere, I generally just start the hair early since I go nowhere during the day with my kids...(if I have to..then it isn't a 'hair-day' to being with and I toss it up).

BUT....take a floor fan...(the square fans you use in the summer that sit on the floor)....put it on low or medium (medium dries it faster)....position it by your bed....lay down....drape your hair over the side of the bed so the fan is hitting it...and take a snooze at the same time!! You get the cool air (no heat!!!) and it isn't like concentrated air where it is blowing you all over the place causing you to frizz out.

I loved it so much that back in my pre-married/kids days, I even took the fan to a fancy hotel I stayed in once!! I was in the elevator with a friend of mine with the fan in one hand and suitcase in the other. Some dude that was in there with us said, "They didn't tell me the air conditioning was out here". OMG. I could've died. I just said, "um...it's a hair thing!!" LOL!!!!!!
Originally Posted by carrie640
Ooh, that's a great idea! I'll have to remember that and maybe bring a fan with me to college...
Almost like saying 'it's lady problems' - nobody's gonna question it!
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Ugh, I think air drying time is the bane of a curly girl's existence.

If I shower in the morning my hair looks and is wet for the whole time I'm out, so when I get home from school or work the only one to see my hair finished and looking good is ME.

If I shower at night and sleep on it, my hair looks "Ok..." but a little flat and frizzy.

Is it because curly hair is so porous, it just holds the water for hours?

I stilll remember being a kid and going swimming... all my straightie friends' hair would dry in an hour or two, and mine would be wet 4 hours later.

Ugh again.
What's working this week:
Shower: Garnier 3x Nutrition shampoo 1x per week, cowash with Tres Semme Naturals, condition with
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Styling: Tres Semme Naturals as leave in, L'Oreal Melting gel and HE SMU raked in, LOOB and AG Re:Coil scrunched in, Jojoba Oil scrunched in when totally dry
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All I can say is that my hair dries faster when I use less products and definitely when I skip the leave in. Other than that, it takes hours for mine to dry and I have to take the clips out before I go to work so I almost never get to let it air dry all the way. Diffusing is almost always a disaster for my hair but standing in front of the old propane wall heater does help dry my hair much faster without blowing it all around....I'm not sure what I'm going to do when we move!

Michelle
Speaking of wet hair, fans and beds, you might wanna try what I do:

As soon as I get out of the shower, I plop for like 10 minutes to get the "drippiness" out, position my clips, put on a comfy bathrobe and sit on my bed under my ceiling fan and rowse the internet on my laptop to kill time!

It definitely cuts the drying time in half, and doesn't frizz your hair at all as diffusing would do. If you have ceiling fan, I highly recommend it!

If I didn't , my hair normally takes about 6-8 hours to fully dry--no joke!
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If you commute in a car, point the vents at your head and turn on the heat or AC.

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I do the heater thing in the car like Brio suggested. It does help if you can stand the heat. Still though, it takes a good three hours for my hair to be completely and totally dry. Especially on really humid days. I look a mess for a while but I just have to deal. Diffusing screws my hair up too.

I've thought about getting a bonnet dryer but I don't have time for that in the morning. I like to SLEEP.

I think I might try the fan tricks that you guys have suggested!
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MY hair is not that long or thick, and it still takes about 5 hours to airdry. I am too lazy most mornings to diffuse for 20 minutes even thought it looks *okay*. Subpar to airdrying, though. I dunno, most days I walk around with wet hair and I just dont care

For evenings, if I do not want to diffuse, I take out my curling iron or rollers rather than do my hair all over again. I just put my hair up in the shower and am careful not to get it wet.
I've thought about getting a bonnet dryer but I don't have time for that in the morning. I like to SLEEP.

I think I might try the fan tricks that you guys have suggested!
Originally Posted by 2bforme

Do it! You can totally sleep while your hair is drying with it....I've actually re-set the alarm in the past so I would wake up. Just really sucks to do this in the winter...LOL! But, I have...just wrap yourself up to your neck in blankets!

Man...I don't even know how I came up with this....it was about 11 years aog, though.
-All OVER the board 2-3a-(depends on the day). 2nd day hair is impossible!
-JUST discovering importance of porosity! Fill and seal! I'm low!
A couple of things I've done to help my drying time (I HATE walking around with wet hair) are the vents in the car trick...doesn't even have to be hot, just air blowing.

I also switched the temp setting on my dryer...I still use low speed but hot temperature. It really hasn't damaged my hair anymore than usual. Plus if I didn't diffuse, my hair would still be wet at bedtime.

I plop but before I do I give my curls one good scrunch with a microfiber towel. Helps 'set' the ends and absorbs some water.

Also I just got a few layers cut and that not only helped my curls lay better but also dry faster.
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Even if I diffuse, it still takes 6 hours for my hair to be completely dry. I have no idea why. Using fewer products can help, though. Fortunately, my hair looks fine if I sleep on it wet.

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