Hi curlies! In today’s post I want to show you how different my curls look after blow-drying and after air-drying them. If you’re frequently reading my blog you already know whether I prefer to blow- or to air-dry my curls. Let me tell you why I choose one over the other!
The above pictures show how differently my curls look after blow-drying and after letting them air-dry (roll your mouse over each picture to see whether I blow- or air-dried my curls). Which ones do you like better?
I’ve already decided how I like my curls better – to cut a long story short: I absolutely love to blow-dry my curls, this is why:
- Air-drying my curls takes about 3-4 hours (seriously!), blow-drying only 15 minutes
- I love voluminous curls, the only way to get them to be as voluminous as I like them to look is by blow-drying them
- Blow-drying my curls gets my curls to be curlier, which I love (yes, if I were able to choose my curl pattern I’d at least go for a 3b)
However, just because I like to blow-dry my curl doesn’t mean it’s also the best way for your to dry your curls!
Consider air-drying your curls, if:
- your curls are already damaged (e.g. using a lot of heat like straightening them) as the blow-dryer’s additional heat might keep your curls from getting healthier. Having damaged hair most often also means having to battle frizz!
- you’d like your curls to be less curly
- you’re struggling with having a lot of frizz. Diffusing your curls might cause them to be frizzier than they actually are when air-dried. In case this is the only reason why you’re air-dring your curls read the below listed tips to reduce frizz when blow-drying curly hair
If you choose to let your curls air-dry I still suggest you to scrunch your curls with your bare hands after adding styler and to plop afterwards.
No matter how you choose to dry your curls, it’s best to get them as dry as possible before blow- or air-drying them. To reduce frizz, keep in mind to not touch your curls at all while they’re still wet!
How to reduce frizz when blow-drying curly hair:
- Make sure your curls are as dry as possible before you start blow-drying them (I first scrunch them with my bare hands, then I plop and finally I scrunch them with an old t-shirt to get rid of excess moisture)
- Only blow-dry your curls with a diffusor attached to it
- Turn off your your blow-dryer whenever you’re moving it
- Stop blow-drying your curls when they’re about 90% dry
- Use a styler leaving you with a gel-cast (scrunch it out after your curls are completely dry)