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The Art of the Air Dry

5 products that cut out heat and damage

The last thing anyone wants to do at the height of summer is spend time under the heat of a hair dryer, especially after a workout. If that’s not reason enough to skip the step, consider this: It's also good for your hair

“Air drying gives your strands a much-needed break from hot tools,” explains Los Angeles-based celebrity hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons. “Adding heat via blow dryers or irons can break down the cuticle (the outermost layer of your hair that protects each strand), which will make your hair more rough and susceptible to damage.” Plus, heat sucks moisture from hair, making it more brittle and prone to breakage.

“I think there’s a misconception, especially among women who are naturally curly or prone to frizz, that hair needs to be beaten into submission to look good," he says. "But people with every hair type, texture, and length can safely air dry their hair. Plus, it’s modern and sexy to embrace its natural texture.” 

Consider giving your strands a break with these picks made especially for blow-dry-free days.