Why I Still Think That Air Drying Relaxed Hair Is Healthier Than Roller Setting

Newbie: You are spending 2+ hours just installing your rollers and you have not yet invested in a good dryer so you are also having to spend a couple of hours waiting for it to dry too. Do you think you can put aside this much time every week to groom your hair? While some of you may be happy to oblige, many will fall back into bad habits of weekly heat usage. Air drying takes anywhere from 2-4 hours but unlike roller setting, you are free to do what you want while your hair dries.

Ease

Expert: Of course you find it easy to roller set your hair weekly now, but how about when your hair is longer? You will eventually reach a stage where you can’t stretch your arms out any further and your once smooth roller sets will start to look a bit rough around the edges.

Newbie: For any newbie to hair care, the idea of air drying is more appealing than roller setting. On top of the fact that you will not be required to purchase any special equipment, air drying compared to roller setting is just, well, easy!

Here is a video of Jeni showing a simple scarf method of air drying:

In terms of what to expect from your air dried hair, if you finger detangle it  while it is drying, expect bit poofy hair. You will get the sleekest results if you start with very wet hair and after you apply your scarf at the front, don’t touch it until it is dry.

Air dried relaxed hair looks like blow dried afro hair, less or more poofy depending or if you relax your hair straight or if you texlax. You can also use partially dry hair as a ‘base’ for other styles. Braid/twist outs, bantu knot outs or updos like buns and ponytails.


Unless you roller wrap (which I don’t recommend because of the wet manipulation), bone straight hair is best left for special occasions.

Originally posted 2012-09-10 18:45:07.

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About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Comments

  1. Caramel Kimmie
    Caramel Kimmie

    yes it is but I uses a T-shirt not a towel especially if its colored the dye from the towel not healthy for the wet natural hair

  2. Andrea Simpson-Jones
    Andrea Simpson-Jones

    That article was all over the place and didn’t seem to really say whether air drying or roller setting was healthier. Was I the only one that got that from it?

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