Top Tips For Mastering Air-Drying

Step away from the sweaty hair-dryer and dry al fresco

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We love the idea of air-drying; you save time and swerve heat damage but somehow when we try it our hair ends up looking both limp and frizzy without the bodifying-yet-smoothing power that blowing delivers. Determined to make it work this season, we asked tress authority and Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ambassador James Galvin, how the heck to pull off the air-dry like a pro. He says it's the key to looking "perfectly undone" (the holy grail of hair cool), but it's not quite as effortless as it looks. Try these top tips to go with the flow and have hot hair all Summer:

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1. Don't ruffle, blot
To minimise frizz it's key to firstly remove moisture from hair with a towel, "but don't rough dry with a towel as this will rough up the cuticle and create frizz, instead gently blot dry your hair with a towel to remove most of the moisture" James instructs.

2. Pick your products carefully
"You want an all-rounder air-dry perfector like the Shu Uemura Art of Hair Wonder Worker. Enriched with moringa oil, it will leave hair looking glossy, frizz free, much easier to manage and soft to the touch. Spray it through the hair making sure not to overload the product on the roots." If you suffer from flat roots, spritz some salt spray like the John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves at the crown of your head and along the parting to get more oomph.

3. Finger comb
"Comb the product through with your fingers", James adds. Avoid brushing your hair as this can break up wave formations and any texture you're trying to create.

4. Twist for texture
Randomly twist inch size sections to create loose smooth waves. "The great thing about the art of air-drying is that after five minutes of twisting, your hair will dry by itself naturally with movement."

From the editors of Cosmopolitan.co.uk

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