Blow Drying Mistakes To Avoid
If your hair styling routine includes blow-drying then check out some tips below to make sure you are doing it in the safest, most efficient way possible. Like all heated styling tools, blow dryers can have some damaging side effects if not used properly.
NEVER DRY DRIPPING WET HAIR
If you do it will leave your hair brittle and rough. While your hair is wet, it absorbs the moisture, and after absorbing enough water, the cells start swelling. When you apply heat it will evaporate, causing the cuticles to contract. The swelling and rapid contraction will cause damage to your hair. Be sure to either lightly pat dry your hair or allow it to air dry some before blow-drying routine.
Remember, do not rub vigorously with a rough towel as that can cause friction and damage. Instead, lightly pat hair dry with a microfiber towel. The towel will absorb the water and it will not create any friction or damage ot the hair.
DON’T OVER DRY HAIR
Applying more heat than the hair can handle will leave it damaged and brittle causing splits and breakage. This damage can be permanent and you don’t want that so, make sure to take a break from the heat now and then.
Blowing hot air continuously for a long period of time is like driving in a hot desert in a convertible. It can cause hair-loss and dry, damaged hair. Taking small breaks and allowing the hair to cool a little will help the hairs overall health.
USE THE RIGHT BLOW DRYER
Avoid blow dryers with no heat settings. Uncontrolled heat can burn your strands and cause more damage over time. Look for temperature control so you can control them to best suite your hair type and texture. Like the Cosmic Wave, the One Step Styler or our Alpha Wave Pro which actually utilizes Far Infrared heat to dry the hair. Infrared heat dries the hair faster and safer while helping to reduce oil levels and increase shine.
REMEMBER TO DRY IN SECTIONS
By trying to dry all of your hair at once versus dividing the hair into smaller sections, you are allowing moisture to transport from nearby wet strands to strands that have already been dried, this will cause you to dry the same strands several times and expose hair to more heat than needed.
USE A HEAT PROTECTOR
Appling heat directly to your hair without a protective layer is never the best idea. Be sure to apply a heat protector like our Trinity Oil to your hair before styling to prevent damage and maintain hair’s overall health.
DON’T GET TO CLOSE TO YOUR SCALP
When you are in a hurry you may be tempted to hold the blow dryer closer so the hair will dry faster, and while it will remove the water faster, you will pay the price in the long run from heat damage. You may even burn your scalp in the process.
BLOW DRY IN THE CORRECT DIRECTION
Water collects more at the roots of your hair so you want to start drying there and move down towards the ends. The trick is to keep the hot-air flow in the same direction of your hair growth. This will help get rid of the moisture faster, while keeping the cuticles smooth.
USE THE RIGHT BRUSH
The brush you choose is crucial for drying your hair. It is not that only one type of brush is really suitable for drying the hair. Each brush has a different function.
For example, a skeleton brush adds volume to the hairline. If you opt for a round brush, you opt for volume and a real boost. The paddle brush is perfect for drying fine and medium hair and gives a smooth look to your hair. So be sure to choose the brush that will give you the final look you want.
KEEP YOUR HAIR DRYER CLEAN
Make sure your hairdryer is clean before using it. How do you keep it clean? Many modern hair dryers, like our Alpha Wave Pro Infrared Blow Dryer, have a removable back that allows you to remove lint and dirt. This guarantees air flow and hygiene. If you don't clean the hairdryer frequently, this also increases the risk of overheating.