If your strands have been feeling especially crispy lately (thanks, summer), it might be time to consider a detox from your hair dryer. Sure, the handy tool has been your savior in many a hair emergency, and yes, nothing else gives you quite the same sleek, shiny finish, but here’s the truth: All that heat is wearing your hair out in a serious way. Lest you picture any Trainspotting-level withdrawal symptoms, the breakup doesn’t have to be hard (or even permanent, since a week-long break will do wonders). Curious about living a life free from this styling tool? Keep scrolling for the three things you’ll have to do to cut the cord.
Air can be your hair’s friend—you just have to know how to work with it. Celebrity hairstylist Bobby Eliot told us that proper air-drying starts in the shower: You have choose a hydrating, smoothing conditioner (he recommends the Signature Conditioner ($39) by Oribe).
Celebrity hairstylist Mark Hill (he’s worked with everyone from Olivia Palermo to Molly Sims) suggests running a polishing product, like his eponymous line’s Gorgeous! Quick Change! Texturising Polish ($12), on towel-dried hair to mimic the same sleek look your blow-dryer would have provided.
Click here to find out exactly how to air-dry your hair like a true professional (Bonus: you’ll end up with Erin Wasson-like waves).
Leaving the house with sopping wet strands is a no-no (mainly because of the drip factor), but that doesn’t mean damp strands are the enemy. The second step to wean yourself off your dryer is to accept that fact that wet hair can be chic, too. Repeat after us: Wet hair is beautiful. In fact, hair that’s slightly damp is actually easier to style when it comes to certain hairstyles, like braids. Want examples? We’ve got you covered, here.
If you’re going to take your blow-dryer out of the equation, you might have to consider another change: showering and shampooing at night. A big lifestyle change? Perhaps. But hear us out: Doing this will actually save you so much time and effort in the a.m. Hill suggests two methods—one involving buns, and one involving braids. For the first, he says to comb your hair into two sections, splitting it straight down the middle of your hairline. “Spray a light texturizer, like Mark Hill’s Work It Girl! ($11) over your locks, then wrap each section around two individual sock buns,” Hill says. “In the morning, unwrap your hair and style using your fingertips.” The result? Voluminous, old-school glamour waves.
If you’re looking for more tousled texture, try his second trick. “Streamline your style by braiding your hair while it’s still damp from your shower and allow it to set overnight,” he says. “In the morning, undo your braid and use your fingertips to layer in a mousse, which will help you achieve a beachy, relaxed look that’s perfect for fall!”
Keep scrolling for the editor-approved hair products you need to go heat-free!