There are lots of myths concerning blow-drying. Some say you mustn’t reach for a dryer while others think it is totally safe and doesn’t cause damage to hair. The post will answer the big question: to blow-dry or not to blow-dry?
Blow-dryers are often treated as flat irons and curling wands. The three tools are said to cause hair damage. Is this true, though? Not necessarily! High temperature definitely harms the hair. We have no doubts about that. However, thanks to modern-day technology we can choose advanced devices that don’t damage the hair.
What type of blow-dryer to choose then?
If you want to blow-dry the hair, you need the right tool. While picking a dryer, make sure it:
- can be set on low temperature: it is a must; cool airflow doesn’t destroy the hair like heat does.
- has controlled airflow: you need to choose the right tool for the type of your hair because short, fine hair needs different airflow than long and thick tresses.
- is an ionic dryer: this kind of device prevents static flyaways, plus leaves hair much smoother, shinier and healthy-looking.
- has a temperature sensor: the best dryers have it and match the optimal temperature for your hair.
Obviously with the right tool you can save your hair from heat damage. Let’s move on to the best technique of drying.
How to dry the hair?
Follow a couple of rules while blow-drying your hair:
- Prior to drying, secure your hair using a protective spray or silicone-based serum.
- Hold the nozzle around 15 inches away from the head.
- Don’t stick to one section of hair for too long.
- Dry the hair from the roots to the ends following the direction of growth.
- Don’t blow-dry until hair is fully dry. Let the ends dry naturally.
These hacks will definitely help you avoid damage from a dryer.
When does blow-drying cause hair damage then?
Unsuitable dryers and wrong techniques really damage the hair. You mustn’t:
- set the highest temperature on a dryer.
- hold the dryer too close to the scalp or hair.
- blow-dry the ends first and move upwards.
If you make the above mistakes, then drying must have damaged your hairdo.
Summing up, it’s clear that the right tool and technique are the key to damage-free blow-drying routine! Sometimes it is a good idea to get a dryer instead of going to sleep with wet hair because wet hair is more fragile and easily damaged.