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June 22th, 2017

London’s in the midst of a heat-wave and holiday season is finally upon us. Mornings are lighter and evenings brighter – Summer is here officially and we are loving it! Is there anything worse than the prospect of having to blow dry your hair right now though?

Onira's top tips for air-drying your hair


Whether you’re away sunning yourself somewhere exotic, or are just sweltering in the London heat, we feel your pain. Subjecting your hair, and body, to even more heat is definitely something you could do without right now.

We know the risks typically associated with air-drying hair though. We’ve been there.
Leaving your locks loose to dry freely in the warm breeze is a lovely thought, but catching a glimpse of yourself in a window at work, and seeing the untamed frizz ball you’ve been blindly rocking all morning, is a struggle we’ve all experienced at one time or another.

So, here are our top tips for how to air-dry your hair:

1. Frizz = your hair crying out for moisture

The best way to combat this dreaded hair woe is to make sure you’re giving your hair enough nourishment and nutrients before letting it dry! The Mask by Onira is a super-powered creamy, intense and hydrating hit for dry or damaged hair.
Apply The Mask onto dry hair, leave for at least 15 minutes, and then rinse out. Continue as normal with your shampoo & conditioner routine. (If your hair is very dry or super frizz-prone, blend 1 pump of The Serum in with The Shampoo and massage gently, for an extra nourishing boost.)

Combat frizz and safeguard your hair from the elements with The Oil by Onira. The Oil is an organic blend of essential oils, like buruti oil, which is a natural UV, salt and chlorine protector. You can use The Oil as a sun screen for your hair and apply before, during or after sun exposure to help prevent damage and nourish your locks. A total hair staple for frizz taming in the sun!

2. Tangles are your worst enemy

It is so important to ensure that your hair has been brushed and conditioned. The Conditioner by Onira is a super light formula that is specially designed to detangle. When using silicone free haircare, this step is particularly important! Squeeze out excess water in the shower, after rinsing out The Conditioner, and make sure you brush your hair really well while it’s still damp. If you’re not sold on hair brushing, use your fingers to comb through your hair and rid it of any major tangles.

3. Hands off

Brush, style and then leave it. Do not touch. If you are leaving your hair down to dry naturally, apply a few pumps of a taming, shine-enhancing product, like The Serum by Onira, through length and ends and then try to be as a hands-off as possible.
If you prefer to sweep your hair into a bun or plaited updo, then do this as soon as you get out of the shower and combed it through. Try not to touch it again until it’s completely dry and you’re ready to let it loose.

4. Play to your strengths

If your hair is naturally very curly and you want to embrace that, then style your hair in a manner that will enhance the natural movement, body and character. Sweep your damp hair up into a high bun and allow to dry fully; this will result in smooth curls and a lot less frizz once you let it loose. If your hair is straight or lacking in volume, then try a super-chic braid (we’ve included a few examples of some super-quick variations here, to hopefully give you some inspiration.)

Onira's top tips for air-drying your hair

5. Dry means dry

Not damp, not nearly dry, dry. We know it’s difficult, but resist temptation to touch or let your up-do down until you’re 100% sure that your hair is actually dry. Then, if you want to add a bit more texture or volume to your locks, flip your head upside down and shake! Apply 1-2 pumps of The Serum to the tips for extra definition and you are good to go.

6. A little heat goes a long way

We know that the whole idea of air-drying is to avoid the hairdryer, but a little heat once your hair is already dry really does go a long way when trying to tame your mane. If your locks are looking a bit lacklustre, then a minute of air time with your hairdryer on a low-air flow setting will help to add some texture. Simply shake your hair roughly while giving it a quick blast. If you’ve got curly hair and are looking to achieve some extra volume, use a diffuser attachment and low-air, high-heat setting for a couple of minutes. Scrunch your hair towards your scalp with your hand. Once your hair is dry, you can use a straightening iron to smooth curls, tame fringes, or add a little more definition & texture to your mane.