Lots of redheads have thick hair. Reds have fewer and thicker strands than blondes and brunettes. On average, redheads have about 90,000 strands, blondes 110,000, and brunettes 140,000. Because each fiery strand is significantly thicker and coarser than its color counterparts, it makes hair look fuller and could be easier to style.
If you’re one of these redheads with thick hair, you know drying it can be a hassle. If you want to air-dry thick hair, you usually have to set aside a whole day, and even then you might end up with a frizzy mess. We’ve got some tips to make air drying your thick red hair easier and faster and you’ll end up with better hair dry style.
1. Towel dry
The first thing you want to do is get as much moisture as you can out of your hair. Use a hair turban, cotton t-shirt, or microfiber towel to squeeze out the excess water. These materials will help to cut down on frizz, unlike a traditional towel.
One of the biggest mistakes we can make is drying our red hair with a regular towel because most towels are made of cotton or Terry cloth. These textures are coarse and dry which ends up damaging the hair. Vigorously using cloth on wet hair can lead to extreme breakage and hair loss. The reason for this is that wet hair is much more prone to falling out than dried hair. Be mindful of using a cotton towel when you dry your hair. The next time you want to use a cotton towel, think about how horrible it can be for your hair.
2. Apply a leave-in product
Once your hair is free of excess moisture, make sure you add a leave-in product. Leave-in conditioner is great for hair that needs taming, while oils are great for hair that needs extra moisture or frizz control. You can also add in an airdry-specific product to help speed the process up a little.
3. Hit the roots
If you’re not opposed to using a little heat, hitting your roots with a blow dryer can speed up your airdry process a lot. Take about 5 mins with your blowdryer on the cool setting to run through just your roots. If you want to add some volume try flipping your head upside down while you dry.
4. Comb it out
Use a wide tooth comb to remove any tangles and disperse the product through your hair. This is also a good time to part your hair in the way you want it to dry. Combing through will help you style the hair in the way you want it to dry.
5. Clip it back
If you need your hair to dry faster, one way to do so is to separate it into two sections top and bottom. Clipping the top section up will help the bottom section to dry without the added moisture from the top section. Once the bottom section is about 75% dry let the top down so that part can dry.
6. Twist it up
If you want to create somebody or waves in your hair, try twisting the hair and securing it while damp. This will help to create some heatless waves. You can also twist the hair around a heatless curler or even a tube sock to create more defined heatless curls while air drying.
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Rock it like a Redhead!