Everybody knows from reading beauty articles that regularly exposing our hair to the hot, dry air from a blow-dryer can cause damage to our hair, but what do the people who write these articles expect us to do, go to work with our hair still dripping everywhere? Seems like you just can’t win!
There is a solution, though. By following the five steps in this article, you can blow-dry your hair without damaging the ends of it too badly. In fact, your ends may even end up in better shape!
Step #1: Wash Your Hair With The Right Shampoo
If you’re going to attack your hair with blasts of hot, dry air, give it a protective shield first. Try using a moisturizing shampoo; they’re often labeled “Dry Hair Formula,” or something similar.
The moisturizers in the shampoo will help keep your hair from getting dried out too much when you blow-dry it. If you use a straightener or curling iron, they’ll also protect your hair from being damaged by the excess heat from those tools.
Step #2: Blot, Don’t Rub
When you rub a towel against your hair, you create friction. Friction also deals out damage to your hair; it causes dryness and frizz. A better way to get the majority of the water out of your hair is to wrap your towel around your hair gently, then squeeze the towel so that it absorbs the water.
Step #3: Divide Your Hair Into Sections
Use your fingers and/or the tip of a comb to part your hair into separate sections. Four to six sections is the ideal number.
Be sure there are no tangles in your hair before you start sectioning it off. You can keep your sections separate with hair clips if your hair is long or thick. If it’s very short, you may prefer to create only two sections.
Step #4: Blow-Dry From Root To Tip
The whole time you’re blow-drying your hair, your blow-dryer should be about six inches from your scalp. When you’re using it, move it along your hair in a downward motion, starting at the roots and moving toward the tips. Blow-drying with an upward motion makes the damage worse, and can dry out your scalp. Repeat this downward motion on each section of your hair.
Note that the end goal here is not for your whole head to feel totally dry. If you use your blow-dryer to eliminate every last trace of moisture from your hair, then your hair will dry out, and may end up damaged or frizzy.
You should leave your hair just damp enough that it will finish drying on its own within 5 or 10 minutes of when you stop blow-drying it.
Step #5: Blast Your Hair With Cold Air
When you’re finished drying your hair, turn on the “cool” feature on your blow-dryer, and blow cool air onto your hair while gently brushing it, or while removing tangles with your fingers.
If desired, brush an anti-frizz or moisturizing hair serum, or even a small amount of olive oil, through your hair to reduce frizz and add shine.
Following this 5-step blow-drying process will give you smooth, shiny hair that lasts throughout your day!