To dry or not to dry is not the question...which method is. Part 3: Air Dry / by Andrea Lemonds

It's not a matter of IF people will dry their hair, but HOW people will dry their hair. Air Dry, Hood Dry/Diffuse Dry or Blow Dry are some of the common methods. Each has its pros and cons, good or bad consequences. One source, The Science of Black Hair by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, describes one of the methods as a "gentle breeze" and another as a "Category 5 hurricane."  Hopefully the following will help you reach your own drying conclusion.

"The ideal way to dry your hair is to pat it with a towel and then let it dry naturally. This is fine as long as you don't it looks when dry," says Philip Kingsley from his book The Hair Bible. Air drying does tend to be the healthier hair choice. Where there is less heat, there is less damage to hair itself. Although, if you are wanting  a specific look, this may not be the method for you. Air drying is a more organic, natural method with a "laissez-faire" attitude- letting things take their own course, without interfering. It is highly recommended by Lorraine Massey via her book Curly Girl: The Handbook, which contains different chapters helping curly and wavy haired people understand how to best style their own tresses.

Air drying does have its downside as well. If hair is not properly guided into its style, tangling and breakage can occur, especially with curly hair types. This drying method, along with the others, also needs a hair goal in mind for a finished style. Air drying is a simple, healthy hair choice, but hair guidance is still needed. 

Hair drying comes in several different forms, which is the best for you...I'll let you decide.