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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.

igk no more blow high speed air dry spray

This product's innovative blend of starches absorbs moisture, cutting natural drying time almost in half and reducing frizz and breakage. Spray on towel-dried hair in sections, then massage in with fingers from root to tip before combing through.
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aquis waffle luxe hair towel

“Traditional towels can strip the hair of moisture and be a little rough, causing more frizz,” says Fitzsimons. A microfiber towel like this one will help you avoid damage and absorb excess water fast.
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bumble & bumble don’t blow it

This styling creme comes in two versions, fine and thick. Both hydrate and protect your hair while also taming flyaways for a sleek look. Work through hair from the mid-shaft to ends, then squeeze and twist strands to enhance texture.
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ouai air dry foam

This foam is ideal for those with natural waves and curls who want definition without sacrificing softness. Simply disperse through damp hair and lightly scrunch for volumized waves.
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oribe matte waves texture lotion

For those who like waves with a little more grit and texture, this lightweight lotion, which can be applied from root to tip, can provide that piecey, just-swam-in-the-ocean look.
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