We all have a hair routine we follow every day. It usually works but there are some days you go to the mirror to do touch ups that’s when you realize all your effort has gone to waste. This is because the reflection staring back at you in the mirror looks like a hot mess. Your hair has poofed up with frizz and whatever style you were going for, has disappeared.
The most we do to make sure this doesn’t happen again is we add hair care products or change up our shampoo and conditioner to be able to banish the frizz. However, for some that do not solve anything and it may be because a tool they use every day in their daily routine which is the hairdryer is the root of their frizz.
To fully understand if our hair dryer is the cause of our frizz, we need to understand what frizz actually means.
What is frizz?
Frizz basically refers to those hair strands that somehow stick out of your head or random stray hair that refuses to align with the rest of the hair.
In technical terms, frizz occurs because of a lack of moisture. It occurs when the cuticle layer of our hair is raised as moisture passes through, this causes the hair to swell up and act crazy. Since the moisture here is not helping the hair, the hair strands become dry and dull.
How can hair dryers cause frizz?
One of the major reasons behind frizz is hair damage. Damaged hair appears dehydrated dull and is stretched out of shape, this makes it stick out and cause unwanted frizz. They tend to have hair cuticles that are lifted off its surface which leads to uneven absorption of moisture, which causes frizz to occur.
The most common way people severely damage their hair is by using a hairdryer. Our hair is most vulnerable when it’s wet and that’s when the hair dryer causes the maximum damage.
A hairdryer applies direct heat and this strips away natural moisture and leads to frizz. Moreover the tugging and pulling we do when blow drying and straightening while using a dryer also causes damage and dries out the roots.
If damaged hair is of concern to you then regular use of a hair dryer can be a reason why your hair is getting frizzy. In this case, you should know more about how you can minimize the damaging effects of hair dryers and what features to look for in your hair dryer that will help smooth down the frizz.
What are the right hair dryers to avoid frizz and how to use them?
Since we now know the hidden mistake in our styling regime that causes the dreaded effect of frizz, we need to know the ways we can minimize its damage.
Many hair dryers come with features that reduce damage and frizz:
- Ionic technology: Hair dryers powered by negative ions that break down the water molecules in our hair and makes them evaporate faster. This seals and smoothes down hair reducing frizz. It also enables faster drying while minimizing damage.
- Ceramic hair dryers: This gives off non-damaging infrared heat and evenly distributes the heat while avoiding damage from too much heat and avoids causing frizz.
- Tourmaline hair dryers: They emit negative ions as well, that makes hair slick and avoids frizz. It also gives off a gentle infrared heat that is less damaging. Thus tourmaline dryers have both ionic technology and infrared red heat, both features that work best for reducing damage and frizz.
- Cool shot: When you finish off your hair drying routine with a cool air shot, it ensures that the cuticles are sealed so frizz is reduced and it protects against damage caused by over-heating.
After we have the perfect hair dryer that gears us up to combat frizz, it’s important to make sure that the way we are using is not promoting frizz. So here are some tips we all need when using hair dryers:
- Different types of hair require different levels of heat. Adjust heat setting according to your hair type, if you have thick and coarse hair, high heat is necessary but if you have thin and fine hair, heat needs to be low to avoid severe damage.
- Use heat protection spray or serum before applying direct heat.
- For curly hair, use a diffuser at a low heat setting. This will avoid making frizz and minimize damage while allowing defined and manageable curls.
- For straight styles, a concentrator adjustment will concentrate the focus of the heat and allow you to control frizz.
There are many causes of frizz other than just hair damage like our hair type or humidity but the reason that we have the most control over and is often neglected is hair damage. As we now know damage and frizz go hand in hand and a hair dryer can play a part in making both worse.
So now that we are better informed, we are prepared to fight off frizz and not allow it to dim our shine.
- Ariel Nagi, 9 Ways to Never Have Frizzy Hair Again, Jun 3, 2014
- Cheveuxm, How to stop frizzy hair after blow-drying