How To Dry Curly Hair At Home – 6 Easy Ways To Try

Safe and easy methods to dry your curls while ensuring minimal damage to them.

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Curly hair has a temperament like no other hair type! While it is well-defined and beautiful at times, it is a wild frizzy mess on other days. The key is to dry curly hair following the right hair care protocol. It is guaranteed to give your hair maximum life and volume and even enhance curl definition. Conversely, incorrect drying steps can increase frizz and cause damage to your hair structure and health.

Peruse through this article to learn how you should be drying your curly locks to avoid frizz and damage. Keep reading.

How To Dry Curly Hair At Home

There are various ways to dry curly hair at home. Following these methods may help preserve moisture, control frizz, and enhance curl definition. Moreover, these techniques are gentle, reduce breakage, and help maintain hair health. Take a look at them below:

1. Air-Dry

The simplest way to dry your curly hair is to air-dry it. As your hair dries, it forms curls naturally. You can use a T-shirt to absorb the excess moisture. Apply a mousse or a hair gel to your damp hair to get curl definition. Remember to use alcohol-free products to avoid making your curls crunchy. Also, choose lightweight products for fine curls, medium-hold products for medium curls, and strong-hold hair styling products for coarse curls. Apply to damp hair evenly for best results. Although a little time-consuming, it is the easiest way to get natural curls. It is advisable not to touch your hair when it is air-drying to avoid frizz and tangles and disrupting the curl pattern.

Pro: Best curl definition

Con: Time-consuming

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You can use a salt spray while the hair is damp to add some volume to them.

2. Hair Diffuser

Use a hair diffuser to blow-dry your hair, especially if you are pressed for time. This attachment offers controlled airflow, which helps in drying your hair with minimum frizz and adds amazing volume. Remember to set your diffuser to low or medium heat and a similar airflow setting to avoid heat damage and prevent frizz. Hold the diffuser close to your scalp and gently scrunch your hair upward to enhance curl definition without disrupting the natural pattern. Apply a leave-in conditioner to hydrate your hair. If you notice that your hair is losing its curls due to the heat, give a break of a week or two between blow-drying sessions.

Pro: Time-saving

Con: Your hair can get frizzy if you don’t use the right technique

Kelly, a YouTuber, talks about her experience of using hair diffuser to dry her hair. She shares that she lets her hair set for 20-30 minutes after washing and before using a diffuser. She states that, “I love to diffuse my hair and I love the results that it brings so I am going to keep doing this (i).”

3. Microfiber Towel

Use a microfiber towel to squeeze out the excess moisture. You can wrap your damp hair in the microfiber towel and wait for your tresses to dry. This fabric reduces friction and static, thus reducing frizz and dryness. So, do not rub your hair with this towel. Instead, scrunch it gently with the towel to get frizz-free curls. Unwrap and allow your hair to dry for defined bouncy curls. This technique is also known as plopping.

Pros: Heatless method

Cons: Can result in flattened curls

4. Hooded Dryer

Go old school with a hooded dryer! This is a fast and effective way to dry your curly hair. Simply twist your hair in rollers and sit under a hooded dryer for those gorgeous curls. Remember to condition your hair and use a detangler or your fingers to remove any knots before putting it in rollers. This helps in retaining the natural texture of your hair.

Pros: No heat damage

Cons: Expensive

5. Clip The Roots

If you want to avoid flat hair, you can clip up your hair at the roots while drying it. This adds some much-needed volume and bounce to your hair. Inverting your head and blow-drying it can also help. Remember not to keep your head inverted for more than 2 minutes when drying your hair as it can make you feel dizzy and light-headed.

Pros: Adds volume

Cons: Requires time and effort

6. Stretch Your Hair

You can braid or twist your hair to get natural curls, depending on your hair texture. Don’t forget to deep condition your hair to avoid damaging it. You can use this technique to revive second-day curls.

Pros: Heatless method

Cons: Can add kinks to your hair

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You can use socks or leggings to maintain your natural curls. Braid your hair around the socks or leggings and keep it overnight.

To recap, there is a routine you should follow to dry your curly hair properly. Allow your hair to air-dry instead of blasting it with a blow dryer when it is wet. Wrap your damp hair in a microfiber towel. Clip up your hair roots when drying hair to add more volume to your curls. Also, remember to use a diffuser when using a blow dryer as it dries your curls evenly. You can also stretch your hair with braids or twists. Drying your curls the wrong way can lead to many hair issues like frizz, dryness, and dullness, so make sure you give them the TLC they deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should you wash curly hair?

Curly hair tends to have oily roots and dry ends. You should wash your scalp at least thrice a week if it gets too oily. Otherwise, wash it twice a week. After washing curly hair apply a hydrating serum or mousse over your strands to prevent them from drying out.

How can I make my curly hair soft and silky?

You can use natural ingredients like oils and butters to make curly hair soft. You can also use hair care products specially formulated for curly hair. Avoid heat styling or chemically processing your hair.

How to fix frizzy curly hair?

There are various ways to fix frizzy curly hair including, maintaining adequate hydration by deep conditioning regularly, using a sulfate-free shampoo, patting dry with a microfiber towel, applying a leave-in conditioner, and using anti-frizz serums or creams. Try the plopping method, avoid heat styling, and trim split ends. Use anti-humidity products in humid weather and sleep on silk or satin for less frizz. Simple changes can enhance your natural curls and reduce frizz.

Key Takeaways

  • Drying curly hair the right way can decrease frizz and increase volume and overall hair health.
  • You can always go for air-drying your hair and using a microfiber towel to drain the excess water out to reduce dryness and get smooth, natural curls.
  • To give your curls more volume, you can clip the roots of your hair and use a hooded dryer to give you beautiful curls.

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Dr. Hannah Kopelman
Dr. Hannah KopelmanSkin & Hair Care Specialist
Dr. Hannah Kopelman is a hair loss surgeon and a dermatology resident with over three years of experience. She is dual fellowship trained in treating hair loss from Columbia University and cutaneous oncology from Boston University.

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Annie Jangam
Annie JangamBeauty & Lifestyle Writer
Annie Jangam is a researcher-turned-content writer with 11 years of experience. She enjoys dissecting complex clinical studies and shuffling through the scientific jargon to make science interesting and easy to understand.

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Anjali Sayee
Anjali SayeeAssociate Editor
Anjali is an associate editor at StyleCraze. She specializes in hairstyles and hair and skin care and has written over 200 articles in these domains. She has 7 years of experience, and her philosophy about hair and skin care is simple: if you love and care for it, it will be healthy.

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Swathi E
Swathi ESenior Beauty & Lifestyle Writer
Swathi has a postgraduate degree in English literature from The English And Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, and over three years of experience in writing on beauty, health, and lifestyle. She also has a diploma in English journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Kottayam, and is a certified skincare coach.

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