So yesterday, I successfully air dried. Honestly, air drying is an art, not a skill. I used to get it wrong all the time because I got my steps all confused. Ill start this discussion by stating what I did in order:
1. Followed normal wash day routine, but using a pH balanced conditioner such as Roux PC will close the cuticles completely to reduce frizz.
2. Covered my hair with a t-shirt for 45 minutes.
3. After removing the t-shirt, unclumped hair with fingers.
4. In sections, for me finger parting hair from nape to forehead, applying water-based leave-in and detangling with a wide tooth comb.
5. After moisturizing a detangling the entire, apply a light serum to the length of hair and ends
6. Let hair completely dry or at least until 95% dry before styling.
Between steps 3 & 4, you will actually see the hair dry before your eyes.
Having closed cuticles will reduce frizzing and ensure proper moisture/protein balance. It will also reduce dryness throughout the week. Air drying is great to do to add thickness to the hair, reduce manipulation from direct/indirect heat styling, and increase hair health.
Air drying is universal. Everyone can benefit from it.
One Day, It Will Happen