There has been so much said about drying your hair, and more specifically how you are not supposed to dry it. From saying you must not towel it dry since this breaks your hair. As well as you must not blow dry it because it burns your hair and even letting it air dry has been advised against. So what is there left to do?
All in all, you can dry your hair the way you have done so previously just by adding in a few tweaks. Here are some changes to be made to suit each style of drying your hair.
The extreme heat from hair dryers (and from 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.
- While drying, keep the hair-dryer as far away from your hair as you can. The closer it is to your hair, the more damaging it is.
- Let your hair dry naturally, about 70-80% of the way dry. Then, with your dryer on the coolest setting, blow your hair dry, keeping the dryer about 6-inches away from hair at all times and moving it around continuously.
- Generally speaking, finer hair will overheat and burn more quickly, so you want to dry fine hair at a lower temperature. Thicker or curly hair might require a higher heat setting to get the job done, but don’t over-expose any hair to heat.
- Pre-treat your hair with protection products before exposing them to the heat from your blow dryer like Daily Damage Defence.
- Do not touch the heat setting without using a diffuser.
Aggressive towel-drying is not good for your hair. It is actually one of the reasons why your hair breaks or has split ends.
- Pat your roots and the hair at your scalp to blot as much moisture as you can and further dry the hair.
- Then continue by pressing your hair between folds of the towel. If you have very long or very thick hair, you may need to use two towels. This will remove the water from the length of your hair.
- Finally, wrap the head in the towel and allow it to remain for 10-15 minutes so that as much moisture as possible is wicked away.
- Never rub with the towel as this will lead to severe breakage.
When hair comes in contact with water, the strands swell. The longer the swelling goes on a.k.a the time it takes to air dry, the more pressure it puts on the delicate proteins keeping hair intact, which can lead to more damage.
- Squeeze the excess water out of your hair.
- Don’t brush wet hair, rather comb it working from your ends up to your roots.
- Don’t wrap a towel around your head too tightly and always towel-dry gently
- Sleeping with wet hair overnight can cause tangles and knots, leaving your tresses in an unruly mess, prompting breakage. If you are going to sleep with wet hair, braid it loosely to help prevent any breakage.
Sometimes, we are much harder on our hair than we need to be and understanding how to take a gentler approach will be very beneficial.