The Secret to Non-Frizzy, Air-Dried Hair

With something you definitely have lying around the house.
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The ultimate summer wet-hair scene: Phoebe Cates in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." Just don't dry your hair with a towel, Phoebe! Photo: Universal Pictures

The ultimate summer wet-hair scene: Phoebe Cates in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." Just don't dry your hair with a towel, Phoebe! Photo: Universal Pictures

Everyone loves a creative hack. In the beauty world, there are tons of time-saving, money-saving ways to re-purpose products, plus techniques you can try that don't require you to have the makeup brush prowess of Pat McGrath. For this weekly feature, we will pick the brains of beauty's best and brightest to try to make your life easier.

For the first summer in several years, I have hair that actually reaches past my ears. (RIP, pixie cut.)  And I have no idea how to take care of it. To complicate matters, it appears that my hair also has a natural wave to it. Who knew? Because I can't be bothered with round brushing and all the drama that goes into blowdrying it smooth, I've been opting for a shot of salt spray and air drying it, with decidedly mixed results.

If I rough dry it with a towel first to get excess water out, it looks pretty frizzy once it's dry, which forces me to coat the ends of my hair with oil, which then causes the waves to go limp. But then an email from Los Angeles changed my life. Or at least saved my follicles from abuse.

The  email in question was from the rep for Meche Salon in LA, which was founded by celeb colorist Tracey Cunningham and Neil Weisberg. One of the summer hair tips listed in the email: Use a t-shirt to dry your hair instead of a towel. I reached out to Meche hair stylist Jasmin Robles for more intel on this intriguing tip.

"A regular towel leaves the hair cuticle rough and causes friction, which causes frizz. A cotton t-shirt does the opposite; it leaves moisture and doesn't cause frizz," Robles said. "It's great for girls with curly hair. There are towels made of t-shirt material but [they] run pretty expensive so a regular t-shirt should do!"

Finally. A practical use for all those ugly 5K run t-shirts I have in my drawer but refuse to throw away because I ran all those miles and am proud of it, damn it. 

OK, obviously I won't use my now-vintage 'Fashionista' shirt to dry my hair. Photo: Cheryl Wischhover

OK, obviously I won't use my now-vintage 'Fashionista' shirt to dry my hair. Photo: Cheryl Wischhover

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