We all know that blow drying your hair can cause some serious damage to your hair.
However, did you know there are ways to prevent doing that and that you can still manage to dry your hair quickly and stylishly?
That by learning to use your hair dryer by practising good blow-drying techniques and taking preventative measures to protect your hair against excessive heat, can reduce the harm to your hair.
Did you know that technically hair dryers are supposed to cause damage such as hair damage such as roughness, dryness and loss of hair color?
You might argue that you aren’t harming your hair when you blow-dry it because you use heat reducing products on it for protection but that’s only dependent on the products and HOW you blow-dry.
It’s frightening how much money we can spend on expensive products that claim to protect our hair whilst drying.
And yet, with a bit of knowledge, we can save ourselves shed loads of cash but just using the hair dryer properly…
The experts state…
Dr Michael Roizen claims ‘The extreme heat from hair dryers (and curling irons) causes the water under the cuticles (the outermost layer of the hair) to form bubbles that stress and break the hair.’
This results in split ends, breakage and brittle hair.
The general expert advice is to buy a professional hair dryer as they have stronger air flow and more power.
They may cost a lot but all professional experts agree, it’s worth it.
Whichever hair dryer you choose, make sure you buy a dryer with cool, warm and hot settings…
Susan Thalken, owner of hair salon ‘Studio 8’ suggests choosing a dryer with a nozzle attachment, as this helps target air flow and a diffuser to help distribute heat more evenly.
Prevent this damage before drying by…
Towel dry or blot your hair once it’s been washed.
Then leave until it’s partially dry.
Use a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle.
You don’t want to use a hair dryer until it is already about 60% dry.
Sopping wet hair is not only prone to frizz, but will also take longer to dry, meaning you’ll need you dryer on for longer…
Adjust the dryer temperature for the texture of your hair – generally speaking, fine hair can overheat and burn more quickly, so the finer your hair, the lower the temperature.
Don’t forget the products!
This is an obvious statement, but you’d be amazed how many of us skip this part of the hair drying process – usually due to trying to cut costs but it’s worth it in the long-run.
Look for products that contain silicone, which is especially good for protecting hair.
A detangling spray will reduce damage to your hair during blow-drying as it helps to reduce moisture.
Use a heat protectant as this will create a barrier between your hair cuticles and the upcoming heat.
It’s all about the technique…
This is essential to minimize the heat damage caused by the hair dryer.
- The right heat setting is vital – keep it on medium to low temperatures for as much as possible.
- Keep your hair dryer about 20cm away from your head so the heat doesn’t burn the fibre.
- If you are blow drying and styling using a round brush, hold the hair dryer about 5cm away from your brush.
- If the hair drying is taking too long, you can increase the airstream and power as opposed to the temperature.
You’re ready to go…
- Once you’ve divided your hair into manageable sections, held in place with hair clips, you can start to gently dry on a medium to low setting.
- Keep the hair dryer moving constantly all over your head – try not to concentrate the air direction too long in one place.
- Work your way through the hair sections until your hair is about 40% dry.
- Massage your roots to encourage it to take on volume.
- Bend over and flip your hair up-side -down to easily dry on a low temperature setting, the bottom layer of your hair. This will give volume to your hair and will reduce the time it takes for you to dry your hair.
- Attach the diffuser to your hair dryer to spread the heat out over a larger concentrated area, in turn reducing heat damage.
- Keep drying your hair using medium to low temperatures settings.
- Continue this until your hair is about 90% dry.
- Let your hair cool down by leaving it for a few minutes, once using the dryer.
- Or you can use the ‘set’ button – it looks like a snowflake on your hair dryer. This can help set your hair.
It doesn’t take too much to produce shiny, sleek, stunning hair from your own hair dryer at the same time ensuring you minimize the damage caused by these heat-producing dryers!
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