The best way to dry your hair and completely avoid any heat damage is by allowing it to air dry or sit under a hooded dryer on a cool to medium setting. This however isn’t always possible due to the busy lifestyles we lead in this modern world. Here are some tips to help you reduce the damage your blow dryer can cause when you do use it.
- Only blow dry that has been fleshly washed and conditioned. Start by soaking up any excess water with a micro fiber towel or 100% cotton tee shirt. This reduces the amount of friction applied to your hair which in itself can cause physical damage to your hair.
- Apply a detangler to your hair in sections then detangle your hair with a wide tooth comb very gently.
- Part your hair into four sections and apply the best heat protectant you can afford or get your hands on, throughout each section paying special attention to your ends as they are the oldest and most fragile part of your hair. Heat protectants contain polymers that coat your hair and protect it from the heat your blow dryer produces to dry the hair. Heat protectants also help seal in your hair’s moisture.
- Dry your hair one section at a time, using a scrunchie or clips to hold the sections you aren’t working on out of the way.
- If you have curly hair then use a diffuser, this will help keep your curls intact but also spreads out most of the heat.
- Always use a low temperature setting, stick between a cool and medium setting. Using a higher heat setting only makes the damage worse as it will deplete your hair of any moisture it has in it. Leading to dryness, split ends and breakage – three problems you definitely want to avoid if you are reading this article. Work quickly so you do not burn your hair strands.
- Using your fingers dry the bottom layers of your hair first beginning at the back with a downward motion – basically in the same directions as the cuticles.
- While blow drying your hair, keep the dryer four to six inches away from your hair. A common mistake many people make when using blow dryers is using it as close to their heads as possible. When trying to stop damage caused by blow dryers then remember the main aim is to try reducing the amount of direct heat your hair is exposed to. Holding your blow dryer a few inches away from your hair is a great way to do this.
- When your hair is dry, use a blast of cool air to close your cuticles.
The best way to protect your hair from damage caused by direct heat is not to use any form of heat on your hair regularly and to maintain a proper moisture/protein balance. If you apply heat to your hair regularly try gradually increasing the length of time that passes between each heat application. It is also very important to deep condition your hair regularly to replenish your hair with moisture and protein to protect it against the heat when it is applied. Last but not least, NEVER apply direct heat to your hair without first applying a heat protectant.