I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been loving the trend (could you even call it a trend?) towards embracing one’s natural beauty. Now, we certainly have a long way to go towards having every body type, hair type, and skin color being equally represented in the media, but I’ve been loving the slow but steady movement in the beauty industry towards finding ways to embrace what God and your mama gave you versus forcing your body to conform to a certain mold. I love that many women no longer feel the need to pluck their brows to death, or cover up their freckles. There is so much beauty in the things that make us all unique—why should we all try to look the same?
In the arena of hair, I’ve been thrilled to see many women move away from the idea that hair should always be stick-straight or perfectly blown-out (who has the time or money for that?!) and instead embracing air-drying. Armed with the right product, any head of hair can reach its full potential without any heat styling, whether it’s fine, straight, curly, coarse, long, or short. Read ahead for my air-dry recommendations by hair type, and let me know if you need any additional tips—and let me know what you end up doing with all of the extra time you save in the morning when you kiss your blow dryer goodbye!
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Totally genius: Bumble and bumble designed their air dry styler in two versions: one for thick hair and one for fine hair. The version pictured here reduces frizz and adds control; while the fine hair version enhances texture and body.
The lightweight, silicone-free leave-in (Camille’s favorite!) is perfect for straight to wavy hair; simply apply to wet hair in the shower and quickly rinse before air-drying for enhance body, softness and shine.
Got short hair? Apply a bit of this paraben-free paste to add a bit of texture and grit to your crop. Finger-style into place and go!
Perfect for any hair type, this texture-enhancing cream enhances movement while protecting your hair from UVA/UVB rays, making it the perfect flexible styler to throw in your beach bag.
Calling all curly girls: if you’ve been frustrated by curl-enhancing products that just weigh down your swirls, try this “whipped soufflé” that enhances and moisturizes curls with coconut oil while it provides boosting hold and volume.
For my own fine, wavy, bob-length hair, this salt spray has become my Holy Grail air-dry product. Enhanced only with a simple lavender essential oil for scent, a few spritzes of this miracle styler adds just enough texture, volume, and definition. (Bonus: it’s so natural that I don’t mind if my baby son munches on my locks—which he does, often!)
For coarse, dry, hair, this hair butter is perfection: its ingredient list (shea, honey, coconut and mango) reads like the components of a delicious smoothie! It truly nourishes locks, whether you’re looking to twist or braid your hair or simply enhance your texture.