I don't have a loose curl pattern. I have kinky 4C hair on 80% of my head except for the back where it is actually wavy, it's not curly at all.
I did my first wash and go in December 2012, roughly 18 months into my natural journey. When my hair was wet it was easy to moisturise and seal but by the next day my hair had shrunk very, very tightly and it was more tangled than usual.
Remember that the chances for incurring breakage are highest when you're detangling very tangled hair. There's no point in keeping hair healthy by air drying and then incurring breakage due to the resulting tangles!
My conclusion is that air drying hair that hasn't been styled into twists or plaits is not the best option for thick, course kinky hair. It makes handling the hair much harder two or three days later.
Loose curls and fine hair:
- You can easily wash and go with no requirement to style the hair while it's drying.
- Corn row the hair
Thick, course or very kinky hair:
- Plait, two-strand twist or bantu knot the hair. The resulting curl pattern is different depending on what you go for
- Use hair rollers or curl formers - I haven't tried this but this is what I plan on doing once I take my current braids out.
- Band your hair using hair bands in as in the image.
What is your experience with air drying?
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