Credit: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
While those sitting front row at Louis Vuitton Cruise 2017 presentation (or streaming it live on GRAZIA.com.au) were noticing Nicolas Ghesquiere modern collection, or taking in the stunning location at Rio’s iconic Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, beauty editors were busy rejoicing over another major revelation – the air-dried hair.
Instead of an army of laboured-over blowouts fighting for their lives against Brazil’s humidity levels coming down the catwalk, girls were left to embrace their natural texture. The each-to-her-own message came through loud and clear via bigger-is-better ringlets, cool-girl kinks and even plenty of (quelle horreur!) frizz.
And while embracing the air-dry barefoot in Ipanema is one thing, walking around with wet hair in an Australian winter is quite another. We asked hairstylist and owner of Raw salon in Sydney, Anthony Nader for his rules to air-drying your mane once the mercury drops.
1. Rinse off cold
After you’ve washed your hair try to rinse off in cold or tepid water. “This will help to seal the cuticle and control any fly aways and fizziness from the get-go,” says Nader.
2. Blot with a towel
“As soon as you rub the hair with a towel, it’s going to disturb the cuticle and end up frizzier, so always blot out extra moisture.”
3. Ban the brush
“My biggest tip is to not over settle the hair, use a wide-tooth comb if you need but no brushing.”
4. Pick your styling product
“Products absorb better onto damp hair and for air-drying I suggest a leave-in spray conditioner as it will give you a little moisture to control frizz and flyaways,” recommends Nader. “If your hair is very curly work a 10-cent piece amount of styling cream into your palms and run it through your mid-lengths and ends, hitting your roots with any excess to control frizz without weighing it down.”
5. Now leave it, just leave it
The less you touch your hair, the better it will settle but if it’s too cold to handle you can fake the air-dry look with some nicble hairdryer moves. “I love using a diffuser espcially for wavy or curly hair to give that effortless texture, or you can dry hair off on a low speed and low heat to the same effect,” says Nader. “Just dry to 90%, going too 100% might make it frizzy.”
6. Then pin hair up for the final 10% of dry time
“Control frizz and create beautiful waves with Nader’s trick. “Split into four sections, twist each section separately and then gather at the bottom into a ponytail, twisting that ponytail onto itself and pinning it at the nape of the neck,” recommends Nader. “Sleep in it or wait until its dry and your hair is going to end up smoother because you’re going to control the wave of the curl.” Too complicated for you? A classic plait at the nape of your neck will work too.
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