In an effort to reduce the amount of heat that I subject my hair to I usually air dry after my weekly washing process. Understanding what my hair requires in order to achieve a smooth air dry took a long time and has been a process of trail and error.
To begin my air drying process I start by removing the excess water from my hair via the t-shirt method. First I comb through my hair using a wide tooth comb, starting from the ends. Then I wrap my hair in an old t- shirt and allow it to absorb the excess water in my hair. I usually allow my hair to sit in the t shirt for approximately 20 minutes or until my hair is about 20% dry. After this I apply my leave ins to my damp hair. You need to add some sort of product to your hair since air drying without any product is not a good look.
My leave in mixture consists of HELTR, Smooth and Shine Silk Therapy, L'Oreal Eversleek Serum. I also add a little of my moisturiser to this mixture.
I then seal this leave in/ moisturiser mixture with what ever oil I'm feeling that day which is usually olive oil, coconut oil, Kemi Oyl or my new friend Hot Six Oil.
Since my hair is now short these days I simply wrap my hair and tie it up in a silk scarf after I have applied the products to my hair. However, when I had longer hair I used to comb my hair straight back and use a Goody ouchless head band to keep my hair off my face. This also assists in laying down my edges. I leave the rest of my hair hanging in the back. It usually takes about 4 hours for my hair to completely dry.
After several failed air drying session I have found that the key to achieving soft smooth hair is to just leave your hair alone while its drying. This aids in significantly reducing the amount of frizz experienced.
I hope this helps you guys.