In my whole 24 years of life, I never knew that there was an incorrect way to dry my hair. Boy was I wrong. Did you know that just air drying or just blow drying isn’t the way to achieve healthy hair?
I didn’t until I did some research on the topic and it blew my mind. So I thought I would share that knowledge with you so you can make sure you’re drying your hair the right way.
Air-Drying for Curly Hair
If you have curly locks and you want to air dry them, make sure you’re using a microfiber towel. Microfiber towels are specifically designed to dry your hair faster and safer.
Regular towels tend to take too much moisture away from your hair which can then lead to brittle hair. Microfiber towels don’t do that. They also don’t create frizz as regular towels do. Always pat the hair, never rub your strands together. That can damage your strands and lead to unruly frizz. Follow this YouTube video by Manes by Mell to see how it’s done
Blow-Drying for Curly Hair
The heat from a blow dryer can damage your cuticles and curls. However, there are things you can do to reduce the damage your hair takes from blow-drying. First off, never use high heat settings.
It may take longer, but gradually letting your hair dry with a dryer is the best way to prevent damage. If you use a hairdryer on a high setting frequently, it can dry your hair and scalp out. Don’t forget to get yourself some heat-resistant gel. You can check our, “Up Your Look with These Sustainable Hair Products” article to learn about the best natural hair products to use. Click here to watch Joy Before Her and her video on how to blow dry curly hair.
Air-Drying for Straight Hair
This first step starts while you’re still in the shower. Before you hop out, rinse your hair with cold water. This helps lock in the moisture from your conditioner. If you want your hair to air dry without breakage or damaged strands, then don’t rub your hair with the towel. To use the towel correctly, you’re going to want to pat your hair with the towel.
If your hair can handle combs, take a wide-toothed comb, start from the ends of your hair and work your way up to get the knots out. Check out this great YouTube video by Doro Cubillo to see how to properly dry your hair.
Blow-Drying for Straight Hair
The lower the heat, the better it will be for your hair. Some experts say to towel dry your hair to about 60% dry, then finish the process with a blow dryer. If your hair is a tangled mess like mine, you’ll definitely benefit from a detangle brush and spray.
It’ll save you some hassle and time. Just keep in mind that blow-drying can cause the hair to lose moisture, so make sure you’re using moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Check out this video by The Small Things Blog to see how she correctly blow-dries her hair.
It’ll save you some hassle and time. Just keep in mind that blow-drying can cause the hair to lose moisture, so make sure you’re using moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
Have you discovered your own tips and tricks to dry your hair in a healthy way? Share them with us. We’re always happy to hear from you guys and to learn more.