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.
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.