A Week Of Heat-Free Hairstyling Tips

Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
We've hit that tipping-point time of the year when it's just too damn hot to do things. Cooking, exercising, moving — those are all big fat nopes. But, perhaps the biggest no-no of all is heat-styling. When it's 80F-plus out, and the humidity levels are through the roof, the last thing any of us wants to do is blast our already overheated heads with the hot air of death otherwise known as a blowdryer. You're not welcome here either, curling iron and straightener. Beat it.
But, just because the thought of styling tools makes you want to stand in front of the AC and never leave, that doesn't mean you are doomed to a summer of lackluster hair. On the contrary — there are so many great products and techniques that make air-dried hair look just as good, if not better, than heat-styled hair.
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We asked seven of our staffers, all with different hair types and lengths, to share their best heat-free hairstyling tips and tricks. Ahead, you'll find the secret to a blowdryer-free blowout, beachy waves a curling iron wishes it could do, and some of the shiniest, prettiest curls you've ever seen. And, each and every one of them is air-dried.
Read on to a discover a week's worth of heat-free hairstyles, then tell your hot tools you'll see 'em in September.


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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
Who: Megan McIntyre, beauty director

Style: Soft, surfer-girl waves
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Photo: Courtesy of Shu Uemura.
Clutch Products: Curling mousse and salt spray.
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
How She Does It
"My hair is the type that, when air-dried, just looks limp and sad. My wave pattern is haphazard and weak, so I just look unkempt. To help coax my waves, I've come up with this twisty dread technique.

"I start by spraying my wet hair with a conditioning spray (I like Pureology Colour Fanatic) and brush it straight. I then flip my head over and work in my curling mousse, followed by a little bit of Kevin Murphy's Hair Resort, for extra hold.

"I divide my hair into two equal sections, one on each side, and then begin twisting. I take a small piece of hair at the front and start twisting it outwards. This is important — I find twisting inwards results in more of a beauty-pageant wave."
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
"The trick to making the twist stay is to twist it super tight, then pull it taut and hold for a few seconds. When you release, the curl will pretty much stay put. I go through and do each section on one half of my head — about six to eight total, then repeat on the opposite side.

"I'll then do my makeup, and once that's done, go through and give each section another twist to tighten it up. I look a bit like a demented Shirley Temple at this point. Now, I could sit around and wait for my hair to completely dry, but I'm lazy, so I head out into the world with my head full of ringlets and proceed to ignore the weird looks I get on the subway."

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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
"About an hour after I get to the office, my hair is completely dry, so I use my fingers to shake it out. I keep a bottle of this phenomenal salt spray from Olivine at my desk, so I give my hair a good spritz, and I am set.

"I get so many compliments when my hair is like this that I dread when it finally gets too cold for me to do this. I want surfer-girl hair year-round, but my winter air-dry never looks this good. The one time humidity is my friend, I guess."
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
Who: Larissa Green, social media editor

Style: Tight, frizz-free curls
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Photo: Via Sephora.
Clutch Product: Conditioning oil
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
How She Does It
"When I'm in the shower, I comb my hair two to three times a week with conditioner in it, just to get knots out. Then, when out of the shower, I pat my hair with a towel to remove dripping water and section into two sides with a middle part. I then separate those two parts into two — totaling four zones.

"I use a mix of marula oil and Moroccanoil Dry Body Oil. I mix the two and then gently massage into my scalp and through to the ends to get full-coverage moisture."
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
"This simple process just adds some moisture throughout the week, detangles a bit, and helps keep the curls tight as opposed to frizzing up in any weather."
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
Who: Susan Kaplow, executive vice president, editorial operations and development

Style: Tons of texture without the crunch
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Photo: Courtesy of Klorane.
Clutch Products: Dry shampoo and a hairbrush
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
"After I've washed my hair (preferably with Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner and Wen Sweet Almond Mint Conditioning Hair Mask), and it's air dried, I spray my brush with my dry shampoo."
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
"I then brush the dry shampoo through my wet hair from scalp to ends. The dry shampoo creates the perfect, piece-y texture that's soft and defined (especially when my hair is super well-conditioned beforehand)."
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
"I love the idea of salt sprays, but they make my hair too dry and crunchy. My Klorane texturizing technique creates waves without the work!"
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
Who: Sydney Hass, junior graphic designer

Style: Loose and natural curls
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Photo: Courtesy of Moroccanoil.
Clutch Products: Hair elastics and a flexible-hold hairspray
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
How She Does It
"I've got a ton of hair, so when I get out of the shower, it is sopping wet. If I start with my hair dripping wet, it will never dry."
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
"I use a towel to squeeze the excess water out of my hair and then wait about 15 minutes to start my braids."
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
"I part my hair and start braiding one half."
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
"Before putting in the elastic, I twist the braid into a low Princess Leia bun, then fasten with an elastic."
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
"I do the same with the other half of my hair. I keep the buns in while I'm doing my makeup and getting dressed. The longer I leave the buns in, the more structured my waves are."
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
"When I take the buns out, my hair is usually still a bit wet. I use a little Moroccan oil hairspray and wait for the rest to dry! I'm left with loose, natural-looking curls."
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
Who: Gabrielle Korn, assistant beauty editor

Style: Gently crimped
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Photo: Via Ulta.
Clutch Products: Paper towels and a light-hold hairspray.
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
How She Does It
"I gently towel dry my hair and then scrunch with a paper towel until it's dry. It doesn't take that long since the paper towels are so absorbent. I just keep scrunching and replace the paper towel once it's wet. When it's dry, I flip upside-down and hairspray it. Then I flip back up and scrunch it with my hands."
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
"The paper towels dry my hair really quickly, and the crimping motion makes my hair wavy. It also prevents frizz from forming as it dries. You could use a T-shirt instead of paper towels — you'll get the same effect with less waste."
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
Who: Lexi Nisita, social media director

Style: Forties glam for the lazy girl
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Photo: Courtesy of DevaCurl.
Clutch Product: A conditioning cleanser
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
How She Does It
"I shower in the morning before work — as early as possible! — and brush my hair stick-straight while it's still wet (please don't attack me for this, I know it's not the preferred method for curls, but so far I haven't died yet). Then I pull it back into a low, tight ponytail and pull it halfway through to create a loop-bun."

"Depending on the weather, it might not be dry until 2 or 3 p.m., but when I take it down and brush it out, I end up with a nice Faye Dunaway look."
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
"If you're not into all that frizz, you can just take it down and refrain from brushing for a slightly sleeker version. I like it because it's a lot less work and a more natural result than using a curling iron to soften tight ringlets."
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
Who: Julia Finch, photo editor

Style: A blowdryer-free blowout
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Photo: Via Ricky's NYC.
Clutch Product: Crease-free hair clips.
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
How She Does It
"After 10-plus years of damaging my hair with monthly highlighting, when it dries naturally, it's a sad, wavy, frizzy mess. There's a trick in my Brazilian family that's been passed down from a few generations of women since none of us have pin-straight hair, and yet we all wish we did. It's called the "Toca," which literally translates to "cap." When your hair is damp, part your hair on a deep side-part, and brush it around your head."
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
"Keeping the hair really taut, pin it down with no-crease clips as you go."
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
"Continue until all your hair is pinned against your head, and let your hair dry naturally."
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Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
"I usually do this before bed or while I'm getting ready in the morning. When your hair is dry, and you take it out, voila! Straight, not-frizzy hair!"
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