How do you deal with long drying times?

My hair takes forever to dry. When it's cold and humid like it is right now, it can take a full 24 hours before it's completely dry, and even when it's warm and dry out, it takes a good 6-8 hours, which makes the whole "don't touch your hair at all while it's wet" thing pretty much impossible.

How do the rest of you deal with having hair that just doesn't want to dry?
2c, fine/medium, low porosity, normal elasticity, protein-sensitive

Modified CG
Low-Poo:Chagrin Valley Cafe Moreno shampoo bar
RO: VO5 Blackberry Sage Tea
LI: Goth Rosary Daily Use Hair Conditioner/Humectant
Styling: L'Oreal Melting Gel, Nightblooming Triple Moon Hair Anointing Oil
lately ive been squeezing out the excess water and gently blot drying, then raking products through. it has decreased the drying time a lot, but at the same time, i dont want to continue squeezing out and blot-drying.

sometimes i shake my head, but its still extremely wet so yeah... im also curious as to how others deal with this
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lately ive been squeezing out the excess water and gently blot drying, then raking products through. it has decreased the drying time a lot, but at the same time, i dont want to continue squeezing out and blot-drying.

sometimes i shake my head, but its still extremely wet so yeah... im also curious as to how others deal with this
Originally Posted by ayotal
+1. I find that squeezing out water BEFORE adding product helps. Or sometimes after a cowash I twist my hair in four sections and let it airdry awhile before adding products.
Wow, I thought my 3 hours was bad. Here are some things I have been trying in various combinations...
  • Going lighter on the leave-in conditioner.
  • Blot out water before applying products.
  • Plop for 5-20 minutes.
  • Sit under a bonnet dryer attachment with the plop on my head.
  • If I am really in a hurry I will use a diffuser after removing the plop.
I don't scrunch while diffuser drying. I just hold the dryer about 4-6 inches from my head and move it to a new spot every 20-30 seconds. Now, when I tried this using my sister's dryer it didn't work as well, but with my dryer I only have to diffuser dry for 5-10 minutes to cut my drying time in half. My dryer is an (ancient) 1875 watt and I only use the low setting.
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Curl towels REALLY help! I do apply products to soaking wet hair, wrap in a Curlease towel (not sure that it's really better than the flour sack towels) while I dress and do minimal make up. Then I use a Curls Like Use towel to scrunch out a lot of water--this makes a BIG difference (and doesn't cause frizz.) I diffuse for a few minutes--low setting, high heat. (Getting an FHI Nano made a big difference. My hair doesn't blow around.) If it's cold out, I may sit under my hard bonnet dryer for about ten minutes, otherwise, I air dry the rest of the way. The towels and diffusing take it down from 4/5 hours to about 2 or so of damp hair.
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All of the above - less products, Curls Like Us towels (or T-shirts), and diffusing - make my hair actually dry quicker. If I have too many products on it, it takes forever to dry. And, to be honest, I don't need all that stuff. One or maybe 2 (at most) products is plenty.
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So, I'm confused about this hair porosity thing. My hair is most certainly NOT porous, but it doesn't take long to dry at all. I wonder if that's because it's fine and thin--not a whole lot of hair to dry to begin with. But seriously, after I wash and dry my hair, my hair dries SO fast that I have to keep spraying it with water when I'm styling it (I like to twirl individual curls to make them all spirally).

I squeeze out excess water a few times in the shower and then blot with a T-shirt. I spend a good two or three minutes blotting out the water. Within an hour and a half, most of my hair is dry.

I rarely use styling products in my hair though (maybe once a week at most?). That probably helps with drying time.
2b/cFi, low density, normal porosity, high elasticity

Low-poo
: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
Conditioner
: Suave Naturals (whatever scent I have on hand)
Styling
: Paul Mitchell Round Trip, Tresemme Climate Control Finishing Spray

I'm a hair minimalist: the less time I spend on my hair, the better.

The less conditioner I use, the faster my hair dries. It's low porosity and also fine and not very thick. Last night I washed it and used no conditioner. It was beginning to dry before I even got out of the bathroom.

More conditioner = longer drying. More hair = longer drying. Moving around while hair dries = shorter drying because of moving air.
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So, I'm confused about this hair porosity thing. My hair is most certainly NOT porous, but it doesn't take long to dry at all. I wonder if that's because it's fine and thin--not a whole lot of hair to dry to begin with. But seriously, after I wash and dry my hair, my hair dries SO fast that I have to keep spraying it with water when I'm styling it (I like to twirl individual curls to make them all spirally).

I squeeze out excess water a few times in the shower and then blot with a T-shirt. I spend a good two or three minutes blotting out the water. Within an hour and a half, most of my hair is dry.

I rarely use styling products in my hair though (maybe once a week at most?). That probably helps with drying time.
Originally Posted by porque_pig
Not sure why you're so sure your hair isn't porous??? Everything you say about it would make one believe that it is. Some hair is naturally porous even without chemical damage or heat.

My hair is fine, thin and there is not longer a lot of it (plus it's shorter then chin length after my haircut yesterday.) Even after diffusing for ten minutes today, it took 3-4 hours to dry with two layers of not a lot of product.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Not sure why you're so sure your hair isn't porous??? Everything you say about it would make one believe that it is. Some hair is naturally porous even without chemical damage or heat.
Originally Posted by kathymack
I am sure my hair isn't porous because my hair has all the other characteristics of low-porosity hair. It resists chemical treatment (it doesn't absorb hair color well, and I had a perm once that fell out within a week). It gets very easily weighed down as well. I even did the float test--my strand of hair NEVER sank to the bottom after a very long wait. I think it has a fast drying time because it never absorbs the water to begin with. I also have very thin hair--less hair, less drying time.
2b/cFi, low density, normal porosity, high elasticity

Low-poo
: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
Conditioner
: Suave Naturals (whatever scent I have on hand)
Styling
: Paul Mitchell Round Trip, Tresemme Climate Control Finishing Spray

I'm a hair minimalist: the less time I spend on my hair, the better.

Not sure why you're so sure your hair isn't porous??? Everything you say about it would make one believe that it is. Some hair is naturally porous even without chemical damage or heat.
Originally Posted by kathymack
I am sure my hair isn't porous because my hair has all the other characteristics of low-porosity hair. It resists chemical treatment (it doesn't absorb hair color well, and I had a perm once that fell out within a week). It gets very easily weighed down as well. I even did the float test--my strand of hair NEVER sank to the bottom after a very long wait. I think it has a fast drying time because it never absorbs the water to begin with. I also have very thin hair--less hair, less drying time.
Originally Posted by porque_pig
Porque, do you mean color falls out of your hair, or do you mean it takes a long time to bleach it? Color and perms processing quickly but not lasting, high porosity.

Perms taking a long time to process then lasting forever - low porosity.

Hair taking a lot of color and a long time to process but holding onto the color well - low porosity.

Does this make sense?
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Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

Shoulder-Length now.

Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

Henna!
Taking a long time to get wet is a sign of low porosity, though.

To get the hair wet, use a little of the low-poo and then rinse it out, the hair will be better wetted at that point and you can continue with the routine. I learned this from a hairdresser a loooooong time ago, she would put just a dab of shampoo in my hair and rinse it out before actually washing it 'cause she said this helped the water to penetrate.
2c / C / iii (FIA)
Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

Shoulder-Length now.

Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

Henna!
Oh! and on the original question, yes I knocked HOURS off my drying time by getting layers and learning to squeeze out a lot of the water with a t-shirt.

Mine took 24-36 hours when superlong, 12-15 hours when long but all one length, but now with shoulder length, lots of layering to take out bulk, and assertive scrunching with a t-shirt as part of the routine, 6 hours is about what it takes with no diffusing and only a couple of hours if I diffuse it for as long as I can be bothered to stand around doing it.
2c / C / iii (FIA)
Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

Shoulder-Length now.

Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

Henna!

Porque, do you mean color falls out of your hair, or do you mean it takes a long time to bleach it? Color and perms processing quickly but not lasting, high porosity.
Originally Posted by Robin-in-FL
Both! I once had a stylist tell me she simply couldn't color my hair because it wouldn't take color. I had to search around for a stylist who would let me sit in the salon longer for the color to process. I was little when I had the perms, so I can't remember how long they took, but I remember my mom complaining about how they didn't work or last very long.
2b/cFi, low density, normal porosity, high elasticity

Low-poo
: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
Conditioner
: Suave Naturals (whatever scent I have on hand)
Styling
: Paul Mitchell Round Trip, Tresemme Climate Control Finishing Spray

I'm a hair minimalist: the less time I spend on my hair, the better.


Porque, do you mean color falls out of your hair, or do you mean it takes a long time to bleach it? Color and perms processing quickly but not lasting, high porosity.
Originally Posted by Robin-in-FL
Both! I once had a stylist tell me she simply couldn't color my hair because it wouldn't take color. I had to search around for a stylist who would let me sit in the salon longer for the color to process. I was little when I had the perms, so I can't remember how long they took, but I remember my mom complaining about how they didn't work or last very long.
Originally Posted by porque_pig
Huh. Mixed signals, LOL. I say spring for the hair testing and find out It's cheap and fun to find out.

Kid hair doesn't always take perms anyway, 'cause it's not "finished", not enough protein, too fine, there isn't anything in there for the perm to grab and re-form. Unscientific explanation, but you get the idea.

But still the slow to wet and resistant to color do make low-po seem likely.
2c / C / iii (FIA)
Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

Shoulder-Length now.

Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

Henna!
Wow, I thought my 2-3 hour (product-laden) drying time was long. I always air-dry, so I either allow 2-3 hours drying time or I am prepared to wear a loose ponytail or updo if it's only partially dry or not to my liking when I need to leave the house.
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Leave-ins: BWC, KCKT, cno overnight
Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG
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Huh. Mixed signals, LOL. I say spring for the hair testing and find out It's cheap and fun to find out.
Originally Posted by Robin-in-FL
I'm thinking I'm going to do that at some point! I'm really curious about what it would say.
2b/cFi, low density, normal porosity, high elasticity

Low-poo
: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
Conditioner
: Suave Naturals (whatever scent I have on hand)
Styling
: Paul Mitchell Round Trip, Tresemme Climate Control Finishing Spray

I'm a hair minimalist: the less time I spend on my hair, the better.

Hello Curlies!

I've read about porous hair and I'm still not 100% sure what type is mine. If any of you could help that would be great!

First of all, I very rarely heat style my hair (including blow drying). I've only straightened my hair a handful of times, curled it about 5 times, and blow dried also a handful of times. I've only dyed my hair twice (first time = highlights, second time = entire hair).

I have a lot of 2C thick, coarse wavy hair. It takes a long time to completely dry (about a day). It has shine and is resistant to heat styling (one of the reasons why I rarely did it, really no reason since my wavy hair would be back by the end of day, or less). I'm not sure about resistant to chemicals since I've only dyed mine twice, also because I have very dark hair and already have to up my dying time. It sort of resists from getting wet but I haven't particularly paid attention to this (but now I will since I just found out). BUT my hair gets frizzy with humid/rainy days (a sign of high porosity right?)

I hope one of you what's going on with my hair!
Thanks!
Onelovegirly - If you have read up on porosity already and can't figure out your hair type yourself (I know I didn't) then the next best thing I suggest is getting a hair analysis done at curlwizard.com. A lot of curlies here including myself has had both the hair analysis which cost $10 and/or the product recommendation which is an additional $10.
If you can do only one thing, then get the analysis which tells you the porosity, texture and elasticity of your hair. Knowing these 3 things will go a long way toward giving you the help you need in choosing products.
In the meantime, perhaps you can try making and using flaxseed gel. I have found that it helps a lot with frizz. Don't try too many additions, stay simple at first and see how that works. Good luck!
Hair analysis results - medium texture, low porosity and normal elasticity.
Shampoo: Giovanni tea tree triple treat
Conditioner: Giovanni 50:50
Co-wash: Suave naturals waterfall mist or wildcherry blossom
Gel: Loving flax seed gel!
Henna - yemeni henna and indigo from hennasooq
Thank you!
I did the "feel" test but that didn't clear anything up. But I've recently found out about the strand test so I'm going to try that next. If that doesn't help then I'll buy that hair analysis like you recommended.
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Low-Poo: Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk
Co-Wash: Suave Naturals
Tropical Coconut
RO/LI: TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
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Spritz: AVG + LI w/water - 2/3 day hair

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