Air drying your locs may seem convenient and advantageous, however do not be fooled by the ease of this timeless process for it will cost more damage to your clock and locs than you’d like to imagine.
Do not underestimate the importance of drying your locs after you wash them. All beautiful things in life come with care and patience, well at least most beautiful things do. After all, you think Monet’s Water Lilies (nympheas) series was painted in some short hours? We think not.
Taking care of your locs should be seen as a pleasurable ritual, it's all a matter of perspective. You can rush or neglect the drying process, or you can make the choice to wash your locs when you have the proper time to dry them as well.
If you leave your locs to dry on their own the moisture will breath far too long inside your locs and begin to birth and breed mildew. This type of mildew, “dread rot,” will most certainly, over time, emit a foul odor. Now, of course, it may not always be possible to dry your locs under a hand or hood dryer, but it is something worthy to offer time and attention to.
New locs will dry much faster than mature locs and therefore have lower risks in growing mildew, however, it's good to get into the right habits from your very first twist. Air drying is another common cause of flat locs.Especially if you are prone to washing your locs before bedtime, you are running at risk factor 8 (Now that's high on all accounts).
To reduce time under the hood and heat, try to gently squeeze water out of your locs while you are still in the shower. If you already have long and mature locs you may have to do this several times before you’re completely satisfied with the reduced flow.
Another tip is to use an ultra absorbent towel, just make sure they are designed for locs and are lint free. While these tips may seem tedious at first, as soon as you get into the rhythm and flow, it will all come as naturally as scratching an itch!