How to Air Dry Your Hair – for Every Hair Type

How to Air Dry Your Hair – for Every Hair Type

Save time and beat the heat with these expert tricks for air-drying your hair.


Choosing to air-dry your hair (and shave a few minutes off your morning routine) doesn’t mean that you’ll look like a hot mess! By applying the right techniques and hair products to accentuate your natural hair type, you can look polished and put together – we promise. Plus, you’ll give your hair a break from heat-styling tools, which can damage your locks if used too often. After washing your hair, follow these simple steps.

After washing with Pantene Full & Strong Shampoo and Conditioner – which helps strengthen against damage and brings out hair’s natural fullness – give your hair a quick shake, and then pat it dry with a microfiber towel, removing as much water as possible. When you’ve squeezed out about half of the water, comb out any knots with a wide-toothed comb. (Don’t use a brush, which can cause breakages and frizz.)

Create two large pin curls on the top of your head and secure them with bobby pins (not elastic bands, which can leave dents in your hair). Allow your hair to dry as you get dressed and apply your makeup. Unpin your hair, and make and eat breakfast as it finishes air-drying. Then pop a few hair rollers in the top section, mist with hairspray and leave for a few minutes before removing the rollers. Voila – natural body and movement without any damaging heat.

For Wavy Hair
Step away from the straightener! Instead, try these tips to coax out your hair’s natural waviness. First, wash your hair with Pantene Smooth & Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner to keep it smooth and help define your waves. Then detangle your hair with your fingers while you’re still in the shower to encourage your waves to clump together, rather than breaking them up with a brush or comb.

 While your hair is still soaking wet, scrunch in curl-enhancing cream or mousse (we love Aussie Miracle Curls Crème Pudding, which helps moisturize, smooth and tame frizz). Tip your head upside down and cover your hair with a microfiber towel, and then scrunch up your waves from ends to roots in the towel. Twist your hair, secure with clips and get ready for the day. Once your hair is only slightly damp, mist it with hairspray. You’re ready to go with a gorgeous head of natural waves.

For Curly Hair
Wash your hair with a smoothing or curl-specific shampoo and conditioner like Aussie Miracle Curls Shampoo and Conditioner, and detangle with your fingers while you’re still in the shower. While your hair is still sopping wet, apply Aussie Miracle Curls Crème Pudding by rubbing it between your palms, cupping your curls and then squeezing them up toward the roots. This will encourage them to clump naturally and look defined instead of frizzy.

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Scrunch again, but this time with a microfiber towel. Pull up your hair in a high bun and secure it with a no-line hair tie. Let your hair dry while you get dressed and ready. Before leaving the house, release the bun and let your curls tumble down, but don’t touch them – keep your hands off to avoid frizz, and your curls will stay bouncy all day.

For Short Hair
Don’t let that pixie crop let you down! After washing, it’s all about adding texture. Do this by applying a salt spray or medium-hold styling cream to your hair while it’s still damp. Comb it through using your fingers, arrange your hair in your preferred style, and let it dry completely without touching it while you go about your morning routine. Once dry, turn your head upside down and give it a shake. If your style needs more definition, give it one more spritz with salt spray, ruffle with your fingers and head out.

These tricks for your hair type will help you look like you used a curling iron or straightener, even if you didn’t. Don’t worry – your secret’s safe with us!

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