One of the most annoying things about having lots of hair is that washing it can be a time-intensive activity. Not only do you need to make sure it gets nice and clean, but you need to dry it afterward.
Most of the time, that means using a hairdryer. But what if you have fine, damaged, or brittle hair and don’t want to use any heat to get it dry?
In this article, we’re going to explain how to dry your hair without heat and give you some tips on getting your brittle hair healthy again in the meantime.
Why heat is bad for healthy hair
It’s no secret that heat can damage your hair. It weakens the structure of your hair, leading to increased breakage and potential split ends or other damage.
The reason heat is so damaging to your hair is that it essentially dries out the strands. When you use a hairdryer, you’re blasted with hot air that sucks away moisture from your hair.
This might not seem like a big deal if your hair is healthy and doesn’t need much moisture, but for those of us with dry or brittle hair, it can be a real problem. That’s why if you’re going to use a blowdryer, you need to use one for fine hair.
But the good news is that you DON’T need to use one!
Do you need heat to dry your hair?
But to dry your hair after washing it, you need some form of heat, right?
You CAN keep your hair healthy without using an intense blast of hot air from a hairdryer. In fact, there are many ways to dry your hair without a hair dryer.
Which brings us to…
Tips for drying hair without heat
Now that you know that it’s possible to dry your hair without heating it up, let’s take a look at some of the tips and tricks you can use to do so.
Some of these might seem basic and obvious, but they’re tried-and-true methods for getting your hair nice and dry without using heat.
Use a cotton T-shirt
One of the quickest and easiest ways to dry your hair without heat is to simply use a cotton T-shirt. We know you have a bunch of those lying around, why not put them to good use?
Wrap your hair in the shirt, making sure all of your hair is covered. Then, squeeze out as much water as you can. The cotton will help to absorb some of the water from your hair.
Use a microfiber towel
Another great option for drying your hair without heat is to use a microfiber towel. Microfiber towels are designed to absorb moisture, so they’re perfect for getting your wet hair dry quickly.
To use a microfiber towel, simply wrap it around your head like a turban and squeeze out as much water as you can. Once your hair is no longer dripping wet, you can take the towel off and let your hair air dry.
Blow-dry on cool
Just because you are trying to dry your hair without heat doesn’t mean that you need to throw away your blowdryer.
It’s totally possible to still use a hair dryer, just make sure to set it to the “cool” setting. This will allow you to still take advantage of a high flow of air to dry the hair faster, while negating any damage your hair would undergo from excessive heat exposure.
Use a diffuser
Curly-haired girls have been using diffusers on their hair dryers for years.
And for good reason: a diffuser helps to evenly distribute the heat, which can minimize frizz and help your curls retain their shape.
Plus, because of the way a diffuser is shaped, it helps to spread the airflow out across bigger sections of your hair. Since you are allowing more hair to be dried at once, it will speed up your drying time.
Air-dry whenever possible
The best way to dry your hair without heat is simply to air dry whenever possible. You probably already know this, but who has time to just let their hair air dry?
The trick with this is to combine some of the methods on this list. Wrap it up in a cotton t-shirt, use a blowdryer to blow some air on it, and wring out excess water into a microfiber towel. THEN you air dry!
If you need to dry your hair quickly, you can use rollers to help speed up the process. Rollers help to absorb moisture from your hair, so they can be a great way to get it dry without using heat.
To use rollers, simply roll them into wet sections of your hair and let them sit for a few minutes. Then, remove the rollers and let your hair air dry.
You can cheat a little bit and use hot rollers, since these are known to be extremely gentle on your hair – even though they are using heat.
Use a leave-in conditioner
Using a leave-in conditioner won’t make your hair dry any faster without heat, but applying one while you dry it with another one of these methods certainly couldn’t hurt – especially if your hair is particularly brittle or damaged.
Leave-in conditioners can help to hydrate and protect your hair, which can minimize damage and breakage. We recommend making your own homemade conditioner instead of buying one in the store.
Give yourself a towel turban
Next time you wash your hair, wrap your hair up in a towel turban. This is a great way to get your hair dry without using heat.
To do a towel turban, simply wrap a towel around your head like a turban. Make sure the towel is snug, but not too tight. Then, leave it on for 15-20 minutes. The towel will help to absorb some of the moisture from your hair.
Once the time is up, remove the towel and let your hair air dry.
Use an anti-frizz serum
If you have frizzy hair, you might want to consider using an anti-frizz serum. These serums can help to smooth the cuticle of your hair, which can minimize frizz and flyaways.
To use an anti-frizz serum, simply apply it to damp hair (after you’ve already removed at least 50% of the excess moisture) and let it dry as usual.
You can also use a hair oil, as they serve a similar purpose. And to save money, you can use one of these awesome drugstore hair oils.
Don’t wash your hair at night
You’d think that if you wash your hair at night, you’ll give yourself plenty of time for it to air dry naturally. The problem with this is that you don’t want to go to bed with wet hair.
Going to bed with wet hair can lead to all sorts of scalp problems like dermatitis, fungus overgrowth, and rashes. If you are going to let your hair air dry, better to do it during the day.
Try a mousse or a spray
If you have fine, straight hair that’s prone to frizz and flyaways, consider using a holding agent like mousse or hair spray. You can apply it after your hair has gone from soaking wet to damp.
Some great options include mousses, sprays, or gels. Just make sure that whatever product you choose is designed for use on wet hair.
Experiment with different methods
It often takes some experimentation to find the best way to dry your hair without heat. The key is finding ways that work for your unique type of hair and the texture of your hair.
So don’t be afraid to try out different tips and tricks to figure out what works best for you!
Apply a sea salt spray as your hair dries
If you want to add some texture and wave to your hair, consider using a sea salt spray. You can apply it to wet or dry hair and then let your hair air dry.
Sea salt sprays help to create waves and texture in your hair. They also add volume and fullness.
To use a sea salt spray, simply spray it evenly on your hair. Then, let your hair air dry. You can also scrunch your hair with your fingers to help create waves.
Finish with a cold blast of air from a blow dryer
Once your hair is almost dry, you can add some extra volume and bounce by using the cold settings on your blow dryer. This will help to seal the cuticle of your hair and make it appear shiny and smooth.
To use this tip, simply blast your damp hair with cold air from a blow dryer for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Try towel drying your hair to remove excess moisture
This one seems obvious: use a towel to dry your hair! But it’s important to use the right type of towel.
In a pinch, you can use a regular terrycloth bath towel. But ideally, you’d avoid using a regular bath towel because they are too rough and can cause breakage. Instead, opt for a microfiber towel or an old t-shirt.
To use this method, simply wrap your hair in a towel and squeeze it to remove excess moisture. Then, let your hair air dry.
Gently squeeze your hair to remove excess water before air-drying it
One of the best ways to dry your hair without heat is simply to allow it to air dry. However, there can be some downsides to this method if you’re not careful.
For example, many people make the mistake of rubbing their hair with a towel when they get out of the shower or tub. This can cause breakage and frizz.
The key is to let your hair dry gently by using your towel to squeeze out excess water. Then, allow it to air dry without rubbing or agitating your hair at all.
Drying your hair without heat might take a little bit longer, but it’s worth it to keep your hair healthy and strong. By using some of the tips and tricks above, you can dry your hair without damaging it with heat.
To find the best method for drying your hair without heat, it’s important to experiment and try out different techniques. This might include using a sea salt spray, applying a diffuser on your blow dryer, or gently squeezing your hair before air-drying it.
With these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to dry your hair without damaging it or using any heat at all!