Curly Hair Drying Techniques for the Best Curls Ever

How to dry curly hair

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If you were born with naturally curly hair, you know how much of a struggle drying it can be. Unless you take the proper precautions and use a magical combination of techniques and products, more often than not, it turns into a big, frizzy mess. If you’re not a fan of gel-encrusted ringlets and want your curls to look glossy, soft and defined, you must take a calculated approach to drying your curly hair. Don’t know where to start? Our curl experts at Studio 86 hair salon in Toronto have a few suggestions for creating frizz-free results.

Air Drying

Many curly-haired people say that the best way to get maximum curl definition and minimum frizz is to get out of the shower after washing and conditioning your hair, apply your favourite anti-frizz serum while your hair is soaking wet, and basically handcuff yourself so you don’t touch your hair until it’s dry. While this method does result in glossy, frizz-free curls, you’re left with the inconvenience of hanging out with a dripping wet head for a while. If you’ve got the time and the towel to put over your shoulders, this method might be for you.


If you absolutely cannot wait for your curls to air dry completely, diffusing is another effective method. Experts suggest starting with a leave-in conditioner to lock in moisture after washing your hair. Next, gently rake your favourite curl-enhancing styling product into your hair without separating your natural curls too much. Wait for your hair to air dry a little before plugging in your blowdryer (and of course, make sure you have the diffuser attachment in place). Set your dryer on low to medium and place it close to your roots to dry them, letting your ends air dry for best results.


The latest craze sweeping the curly-haired nation, plopping involves wrapping your wet curls in a cotton t-shirt in a very specific way until they dry. People are loving it because it produces bouncy, shiny and defined curls with minimal frizz. Here’s how to do it:

1.) Grab a cotton t-shirt
2.) After washing and conditioning your hair, squeeze out excess moisture using the cotton shirt or a microfiber towel (terrycloth towels create frizz)
3.) Apply your favorite curl-defining hair product
4.) Lay your t-shirt out in front of you (your bed or couch will work)
5.) Bend over and gently lower your curls onto the shirt
6.) Wrap the bottom of the shirt around your forehead and tie it securely at the nape of your neck
7.) Bring the top of the shirt to the back of your neck so your hair is encased in a t-shirt envelope
8.) Gather the sleeves on each side and twist them
9.) Stand up and tie the twisted sleeves together at your forehead to create a secure package
10.) Let your hair dry, unwrap, and voila!

For a visual step-by-step check out this article: How to Plop Your Hair for the Best Curls of Your Life.

Choosing the Right Products

If it seems like you’ve tried every curl product on the market and your curls are still a frizzy mess, our curl experts at Studio 86 can help you make the right choice. We carry Design Essentials hair care products, which are formulated specifically for naturally curly and textured hair. Some of our favourites for gorgeous curl definition are: Natural Curl Defining Creme Gel, Natural Curl Stretching Cream, or Natural Honey Curl Forming Custard. To find out how to get the best curls of your life, book your appointment today!

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