Like many others, I've prioritised air-drying my hair rather than heat styling it over the last few months. It's quicker, requires less effort, and is better for your hair anyway. I have slightly wavy hair and despite air-drying it often pre-work-from-home, I always kept a curling wand close by to fix it just incase I woke up and it looked wonky — which it often does.
Everyone says that to master air-drying your hair, you have to have the right products — what I thought that meant was an assortment of styling creams, mousse, and foams. Turns out, all I needed was one leave-in conditioner.
While meeting with Ashley Streicher (virtual, of course) to learn about her recent product collaboration with hair-care brand R+Co, she told me about how she does her hair. (For reference, during our Zoom call her hair had effortless, loose waves.) I was convinced she had styled it with a curling iron until she said that her hopes for her new product would be that people would learn how to embrace their air-dried texture. That's when I basically blurted out, "Wait, is your hair air-dried right now?" and she confirmed that it was.