One of my biggest challenges has been air drying. I always end up with hard, dry, crinkly hair. However, I as progress in my transition, I'm going to have to master air drying. Last night when I came home from the gym, I knew I had to do something, but I didn't want to roller set it- I was tired, and it was just too much manipulation, since I set it just 2 days before.
My friend (in my head), On Some Hair Sh*t, reminded me to "Kimmaytube" my leave-in conditioner for shinier hair. I tried this about a year ago, and loved it. I'm not quite sure why I didn't keep doing it, because I really do get good results.
I co-washed with Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut conditioner. I used this conditioner to co-wash when I first started my hair journey 4 years ago, but stopped using it when I started to use V05 more. I always keep some in the house because my stepdaughter uses it to co-wash when she stays with us. Anyway, I'm in love with this conditioner. First of all, I love the smell of coconut. Secondly, I couldn't believe how easy it was to de-tangle my hair. When I rinsed it out, my hair felt silky and smooth. I dried my hair with a t-shirt to prevent frizz, and then added my leave-in. I mixed about a quarter size amount of Salerm 21 leave-in conditioner with 1 tablespoon of aloe vera juice and one teaspoon of jojoba oil. I tied my edges down with a silk scarf and let my hair air dry. Every 20 minutes or so, I would check my hair in the mirror and looked shiny and smooth. When I felt my hair, it felt moist from the roots to the tips. It was like a miracle. My ends never stay smooth when I air dry. My plan was to attempt a braidout or twistout, but I was just too tired, so I put my hair in a bun and went to bed. I'll try later this week.
This experience really boosted my confidence in air drying. Now, I just need to work on my edges...