An electric hair dryer, or blow dryer as it is commonly referred to, might be the most common and used appliance for hair.
But think through this… ever wondered why you have bad hair days quite often? And you feel like you HAVE to use one daily? Well then – maybe someone who has been using an electric device like a hairdryer too much!
You may ask – Why am I not achieving my hairstyle and look without using one? It’s basic!
Given our hectic lifestyles and schedules- when do we have time to let our hair take its turn in drying out naturally with all the other natural processes taking place around us that are needed by any living thing on earth!? We don’t blame anyone for asking these questions either. Honestly, though- we get that’s how things are sometimes
But as we always say, whatever you do for your hair and health- be aware of its consequences – benefits and flipsides. Let it be a conscious call. You are then prepared to face the “flipsides,” to say the least!
Today, in our Ask the Hair Experts series, we are going to discuss this very topic: How best dry your hair? What happens when people use their hairdryer too frequently? What measures can you take so that exposure doesn’t cause damage to your hair?
Hair dryers can be harmful to hair because they pull moisture away from the scalp. Some women use a hair dryer on damp hair after shampooing to set the condition of their hair. This can lead to damage because drying hair with a hair dryer pulls out moisture from the hair shaft and strands.
👉 Here are the answers from the experts
You may be wondering if the equipment can really damage your hair. Well, it all depends on how frequently you use the appliance and at what settings! It also depends on whether or not you take good care of your hair otherwise (by using a high-quality shampoo that doesn’t strip natural oils) and whether or not you need to use styling products beforehand/during/after. In addition, what kind of product do we recommend for our clients? You’ll have to find out by reading about our tips in this article next time!
Let’s dive deep into this to clear all our questions and queries. We will start by understanding the behind-the-scenes!
There are a lot of aspects to consider for hair care, one of which is moisture content. It’s important not only for your skin but also necessary for healthy hair. If you use heat styling tools in moderation and from the right place on your head, then you will be able to keep the moisture levels up! But if you have already been struggling with dryness or breakage issues without using any extra products like that blow dryer or such tools, it can become an issue when applying them again with more force while they’re already lacking their own natural properties.
The moisture content in your hair is important to its overall health. If you keep the moisture level of one’s hair at a healthy level, it will not be harmed by styling or blow-drying equipment as much; however, individuals who are already experiencing problems with their scalp should avoid using heat and/or dryers on their locks.
How do Hair Dryers work?
We’ve all heard of the electronic device that is designed to blow hot air over your damp hair – and it’s been around since the 19th century. It started appearing in households as a handheld gadget perhaps in the 1920s.
- The basic principle behind hairdryers is this: Evaporation occurs when the water content in a given area/object reaches its maximum holding capacity or, if you prefer, moisture content inside an object of various shapes and sizes tends to move towards equilibrium with humidity (i.e., relative humidity). The hotter it gets outside during the summer months, the less relative humidity will be present!
- This is why the water inside your hair can’t be removed using air – see how warm air actually absorbs more moisture than normal, quickening the entire process. Water molecules separate from each other and become gaseous which means it’s so much easier to remove any excess water with a hot blow dryer! So when you use a device like this, you’re all set for getting rid of that pesky frizz as well.
What does this mean for your hair, though?
You are exposing your hair to far too much heat! You should use a gentle, balanced heating tool when styling. In this case, the device you’re using is either overheating or drying out your hair excessively. This will lead to unpleasant changes in texture and make it more prone to breakage at the same time because of how damaged it becomes from over-use.
Concerns of Blow Drying
The concern here is that too much heat changes the texture and shape of your hair. These are things we don’t want! Not only does hot styling damage hair, but it also takes away moisture and nutrients. To avoid this, when straightening or curling your hair with a hairdryer: turn the temperature down to low; use heat protection products (like serum or oil) to protect from possible damages; keep at least 6 inches away from the scalp for better air circulation; in general – reduce how often you style/straighten your locks.
Steam is a byproduct of the heat from your dryer, and when the hair shaft heats up too much, it causes breakage. When you hold a dryer close to your head for too long at one time (a long-term use), this can cause further damage to your scalp by sucking away moisture and essential oils. This process also damages the cuticle on both ends of each individual hair strand which was not present before you started using heat tools such as an appliance or flat iron.
There are many ways to dry your hair, but one of the most efficient is not just leaving it dripping wet and waiting for it to be done. A concern with this approach is that you may end up wasting too much time! This means that you should towel off your hair first (to remove excess moisture) before air drying.
What Happens When you Keep Your Hair Wet for Long?
Your hair is like a rope, intertwined with multiple layers. The outermost layer of protection is your cuticle made of keratin, just as your fingernails are. Next, you have the cortex and the medulla which give hair its strength and elasticity. When you wet it down, water molecules go inside to strengthen parts that would otherwise be weak without them in terms of size or shape (this makes it most vulnerable). It’s recommended that when you don’t allow for any dripping before drying if possible-as this can break up what would normally be an impermeable barrier called the cuticle protecting our head from outside dangers-that brushing pieces off won’t get stuck together permanently because they’re still being absorbed in their own rate into strands within (if not all).
Cautions to be Taken with Air Drying
- Rubbing and tussling your wet hair with a towel will damage the hair shaft. Instead, use a low-hanging towel to soak up water while you leave it hanging down instead of pulling it over the top of your head.
- The next step is to wrap the towel around your damp ponytail for 10 minutes then remove it, leaving just enough moisture on dry hair so that you can air-dry without getting greasy or oily buildups going on afterward.
- Once ready, detangle using a wide-toothed wooden comb starting at tips and working towards roots slowly in order not to tear up already weakened ends from being too rough with them as well as never go bedtime stably wet!
Is There a Way to Blow Dry Safely?
There are ways to ensure that you curtail the inevitable damage to your hair during the blow drying process.
- Your best bet would be towel-drying your hair before using a blow dryer on it, as mentioned earlier in this section.
- Your wet locks will not go well with combing or blowing them once they’re exposed to heat from a blow dryer – try using wide-toothed combs instead!
- To seal in moisture while giving curl definition, check out our supply of moisturizing serums; cold air is always better than hot air when it comes down to keeping frizz at bay so keep an eye out for low setting settings on your dryers!
- Feather around sections as you dry when starting and make sure that thickness resembles now rather than later by holding up 15 centimeters away from scalp (or more) until completion of each round.
- Begin by drying your hair from root to end but be careful not to hold it too close to the scalp.
- Before using a blow dryer, you can use the flat nozzle that comes with them and go for a wider attachment as needed.
- The more heat spreads through your hair, the better! You also get special flow diffuser attachments with some dryers which help cut down on applying heat to one section at a time.
- Be sure not to over-dry or apply full power onto any part of your head while drying because this could do damage over time – always reduce the temperature as you go along so there is no risk of burning out!
- Keep rotating 360 degrees around yourself holding the hairdryer at an angle that helps close raised cuticles when possible (you might want something like this!) and avoid excessive amounts of moisture by giving cool blasts during processing so there is less chance of damaging thin layers within each strand’s structure.
Last, Comb your hair using a wide-tooth comb before straightening and curling to ensure that you are doing the best job possible. It is important not to yank at wet hair, which can be damaging. Use a good brush and don’t apply too much heat or pressure on heat-sensitive areas like the roots of your locks.
How to Tackle the Damage That’s Done?
If you have hair loss issues, a trichologist can diagnose your hair condition scientifically. They are trained to identify the root cause and provide treatment options like hydrotherapy, which can help improve your health and restore healthy hair. If you struggle with unhealthy hair growth or scalp problems that result in baldness, they offer treatments for these conditions too!