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The 18 Best Products for Air Drying Your Hair

Yes, you can still style your hair sans heat.

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You know when it's so steamy outside that a cold shower is the only solution? Yeah, me too. And there's nothing worse than having to blast your head with a blow dryer's hot, dehydrating air. That's usually about the time we decide to let our hair air. But this works out for some better than others—some curly-haired girls love the look of their natural spirals, while others might need a diffuser to get their coils just how they like them. And for those with fine hair, air drying can cause their strands to lose all volume and lay flat on their heads.. But don't fret—there are always new developments in the hair landscape. Whether you have a vendetta against air drying or you just haven't tried it, we're here to persuade you to ditch the heat with the help of some new products.

It all comes down to finding the right formula to enhance your natural texture, whether you've got stick-straight strands or 4C curls. That might mean an airy lightweight foam that adds volume and a touch of hold, or a heavy-duty cream to keep those curls in place while they dry. That's why we've rounded up the best mousses, gels, foams, and creams for an absolutely effortless style, heat be damned. Here, the absolute best air dry products for every texture, no matter what kind of weather gets thrown at you.

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The Classic
Cool Wind pH Perfect Air-Dry Crème
R and Co bloomingdales.com
$29.00

This is called the "perfect air-dry crème" for a reason. This clean and cruelty-free product works to hydrate your towel-dried hair while leaving it soft and touchable. Just smooth it through your hair after a shower, and you're good to go.

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The Hardworking Hair Water
The One Signature Hair Water
Courtesy of brand
Kristin Ess target.com
$10.00

This isn't just a tall glass of water. Kristin Ess' hair water comes out in a super-fine, consistent mist for even application. It also has a proprietary strengthening complex with castor oil to smooth the appearance of damaged hair cuticles and protect your locks from environmental stressors.

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The Weightless Foam
Air Dry Foam
Courtesy of brand
OUAI ulta.com
$28.00

Looking for the perfect beach-day hair? Best for wavy and curly-haired girls, the Ouai Air Dry Foam helps achieve that natural, tousled, and textured vibe. It refines the curl pattern and tones down frizz. Don't worry, you won't feel any crunchiness.

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The Budget Beautifyer
Air Dry Styler
odele
Odele target.com
$11.99

This drugstore fave performs as well as any of its luxe counterparts. Formulated specifically for air drying, this cream provides the separation and soft finish that makes air drying alluring.

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The Antioxidant-Infused Cream
Green Tea Fitness Air Dry Cream
Courtesy of brand
OGX amazon.com
$7.99

Running from the gym to the office? No sweat. This green tea-infused cream leaves strands feeling healthy, looking naturally tousled and refreshed, all while keeping your hair hydrated and frizz-free.

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The Wave Awakener
Kenra Professional Volume Mousse Extra 17
Courtesy of brand
Kenra Professional ulta.com
$18.00

This remains a hairstylist favorite—it's in nearly every kit backstage and on set. If you've got natural waves, this mousse will define them with a touch of hold but won't make them crunchy. 

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The Fine Hair Fix
Thickening Full Form Soft Mousse
Courtesy of brand
Bumble and Bumble bumbleandbumble.com
$32.00

If you've had some hair loss recently, you might be craving a voluminous boost to make your scalp look lush. Enter this air-light mousse, which will pump up strands and soften them for a natural but bouncy look on the go. 

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Phomollient Styling Foam
Aveda nordstrom.com
$23.00

For fine to medium hair that wilts under the weight of most leave-in products, meet your airy new BFF. The foam formula is so light you won't notice any crunch left behind—just soft strands.

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The Double-Duty Curl Reviver
Perfect Hair Day In-Shower Styler
Living Proof sephora.com
$13.00

Consider this in-shower styler the ultimate hair multitasker. Designed for women with textured hair, it enhances the definition of curls, while also adding body and shine for a seriously voluminous effect. 

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The Smoother
Bb. Don’t Blow It Fine (H)air Styler
Courtesy of Sephora
Bumble and bumble sephora.com
$31.00

If your hair is prone to frizz, this styling cream is great for achieving a no-fuss look. When applied after the shower, it smoothes down flyaways in seconds and has a sleek finish.

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For Frizz
Fructis Style Smooth Air Dry Anti-Frizz Cream
Courtesy of amazon
Garnier amazon.com
$3.49

If the summer heat creates a frizz halo around your part, this creamy, dreamy formula will help hydrate the hair and help your curls stay coiled.

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To Get Out the Door Fast
No More Blow High Speed Air Dry Spray
Courtesy of IGK
IGK amazon.com
$29.00

Late for dinner with your friends? Will they disown you if show up last one more time? The Advanced Flash Cooling Technology and  invisible starches in this spray absorb moisture so your strands dry more quickly. 

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For Natural Waves
Air Dry Spray
courtesy of rahua
Rahua dermstore.com
$32.00

The slippery elm and sugar in this rainforest-born formula help enhance your natural waves, while ale hydrates and antioxidant hibiscus protexts against UV damage.  

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The Cult Favorite Hair Oil
Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil
Courtesy of Oribe
Oribe bloomingdales.com
$56.00

Dubbed liquid gold (and rightfully so), this hair oil is infused with extracts like sandalwood, jasmine, and edelweiss flower, which work to deeply condition and repair damaged and brittle strands.

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The Quick-Dry Cream
NBD Just Right Cream
Courtesy of brand
Redken eskinstore.com
$20.00

This cream is made of quick dry polymers and flex polymers, which cut your hair's drying time in half, while enhancing your natural texture to leave you with movement without the crunch. 

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For Fine Hair
Brilliant Gloss Multi-Tasker Perfecting Creme
Courtesy of brand
FEKKAI ulta.com
$20.00

Dry, frizz-prone hair can use an extra boost of hydration to stay sleek, especially in the heat. This formula delivers some much needed moisture with olive and coconut-derived silicone alternatives, and boosts shine in a major way. 

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The Refresher
Hydrating Styling Cream
Moroccanoil sephora.com
$14.00

This is a styling cream infused with ingredients that fight frizz and static. This leave-in version is ideal for dry and brittle hair because it restores elasticity and bounce while hydrating and conditioning natural locks. 

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The Volume-Booster
Zero Heat Air Dry Styling Creme
Courtesy
Joico ulta.com
$20.50

Joico's line is perfect for locking in lasting shine and volume. It offers two lines—one for thin/normal hair and another for thick/full hair—but both have no sticky residue and minimize drying time when applied to damp hair.

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