Blasting your head with a hairdryer is the last thing you feel like doing when the sun is shining and you’re keen to get outdoors, but do you feel confident to leave the house without blow-drying your hair first? With raw, undone styles firmly in favour on the catwalks – along with the obvious time-saving benefits of letting hair dry the natural way – here’s some advice on leaving the house with damp hair, without being that person on the bus with the wet patch on the back of their shirt.
Cut is key.
Ask your Reds stylist to always adapt your haircuts to suit the summer months because when the sun is out, you are less likely to spend ages heat-styling your hair. In these circumstances, a longer cut with more of an undone feel to it is perfect – if your hair is longer then it’s less likely to spring up into frizz as longer lengths will weigh it down.
Unsurprisingly, towel-drying your hair is the first step once you get out of the shower – and though it may sounds obvious, taking a couple of minutes to do it properly will be worth your while in the long run. Try to get most of the water out – that way it should be dry by the time you get to work, plus it adds more body. Rigorous towel-drying tends to make the hair a bit knotty, so lightly comb it through once if necessary, but then don’t use a comb again after that – you’re trying to work with the natural texture – think Alexa Chung, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Poppy Delevingne.
With air-drying, a little bit of product is important to stop it from going fluffy. Most hair has a natural wave to it so using a curl cream will help to accentuate you hair’s natural wave – we love Kérastase Creme Oleo-Curl. If your hair is fine or straight, we recommend skipping the styling products in favour of a little oil at the ends to keep dry tips looking nourished and healthy. Most volumising products are designed for heat styling so it’s best to just try to lift the hair at the roots, loosening it up around the crown, and then leave it to dry.
Once almost completely dry you can scrunch it and even add a little more product of you want. Kérastase Spray A Porter is perfect for hair that needs more texture – it’s like a backcomb in a can.
Now Leave it!
It may go against your natural instincts, but the next thing to do is to leave your hair completely alone – just part it where you want and then leave it. The more you play around with the hair after that, the more you’ll ruin it.