4 Genius Ways to Dry Curls

4 Genius Ways to Dry Curls

You probably already know that curls can’t be perfected in just one step. Your entire curl care routine—from washing your hair and your style cocktail—determines their end result. But did you know that how you dry your hair has a major impact too? Learn how to cut down frizz, tangles and damage with these curl-friendly drying techniques.


This simple method reduces drying time and frizz in one shot. It’s also way more gentle than using a regular cotton towel, which can remove too much water and rough up your hair strands. All you need is a cotton T-shirt and a few key products. By swaddling your curls in a T-shirt instead of a towel you’ll remove just the right amount of excess water, leaving your curls with envious shape and volume minus any frizz.
Step 1. Post-shower, apply your styling products to clean, wet hair.
Step 2. Lay out the cotton T-shirt on a bed or bathroom sink with the sleeves facing you. Bend over, “plopping” your curls in the center.
Step 3. Fold the back flap of the T-shirt over the back of your head towards your neck, and gather the sleeves around your forehead.
Step 4. Cross the sleeves around the back of your head, and wrap them back around the front. Secure the ends by making a knot at your forehead and tuck in any hanging fabric.


When you’re in a rush and need to reach for the blow-dryer, a diffuser attachment is a curl’s best friend because it helps control the stream of heat and air. You may have to purchase one separately but it’s worth the investment because a blast from the regular nozzle can turn your curls into a frizzy poof ball.
Step 1. Apply a leave-in conditioner like Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Curl Nourish Butter Cream Leave-In and your favorite styler to your hair. Garnier Fructis Curl Construct Mousse and Curl Shape Spray Gel define curls and waves without making them crunchy.
Step 2. Dry your hair, using a diffuser as you scrunch your curls toward the roots.
Step 3. Optional: Want big hair? Once your hair is about halfway dry, remove the diffuser and finish the rest of your hair freestyle with the nozzle. Use a pick to tease out any areas where you want more volume.


Here’s a simple technique that only requires one thing: time. After you rinse out your conditioner and apply products—Garnier Fructis Curl Construct Mousse and Garnier Fructis Curl Scrunch Gel are good options for glossy, defined curls—wait for your curls to dry. Just remember to avoid touching your curls as they dry so you don’t accidently create frizz.

Microfiber Fabric

Unlike regular terry cloth towels, which ruffle the hair cuticle and absorb too much moisture, microfiber fabrics are much gentler on curls and don’t create frizz. After rinsing out your conditioner, apply your styling products. Then flip your head to the side, scrunching with a microfiber towel to remove excess water until most of the moisture is gone.