The use of a hair dryer for setting up your hair for diverse hairstyles or simply to dry one’s hair has become a well-known and regularly used technique for hair maintenance. However, many ask, can hair dryers damage hair?
The answer to this question is both a yes and a no. How you may ask? Depending on how the hair dryer is used, which type of hair dryer is used and just how frequently one uses a hair dryer will determine the answer to this question. By ensuring a proper hair care routine, the chances of your hair being damaged from the use of a hair dryer are less than if you don’t maintain a proper hair care routine. The distance at which the hair dryer is used as well as the amount of heat you use play a huge role in determining if your hair will be damaged as a result of usage. Keep reading to find out more.
What Causes Damage?
It’s usually the intense heat from hair-dryers that causes hair damage. The heat reaches the water situated under the cuticles, i.e. the external layer of the hair, to create bubbles that strain and break down the hair. The strips that protect the hair extricate and your hair treats water like a house that is missing a roof. This leads to dreaded split ends and extensive hair damage if intense amounts of heat are exposed to your hair on a regular basis. Your hair is in fact at its most susceptible state when it is wet, and it deserves to be treated most delicately when it is in this state. Try to strike a balance in drying your hair, not too much heat and not too less of it either. It’s a good idea to use a brush with rounded bristles or a smooth touch while drying, this will prevent hair fall out as well.
Preventing damage to your hair when using a hair dryer, as will be mentioned below, has a lot to do with the method used, when it is used and on what kind of hair it is used. For more information regarding hair types and which hair care routines are best for your hair, it’s best to speak to a hair specialist.
Using a Hair Dryer
Different hair dryers will be best suited for different types of hair. One of the most vital things to bear in mind when using a hair dryer for your hair is the model. You might want to experiment a bit before you can resolve to which blow dryer works best with your hair type. Along with the blow dryer model, you want to consider a good technique for blow-drying. Always avoid using the blow dryer too close to your hair, keep a distance between your hair and the blow dryer in order to avoid hair damage. In fact, if you keep a good distance between your hair and the blow dryer, blow-drying may be healthier than air-drying your hair!
The Best Method to Blow Dry for Hair Drying
The best way to use the blow dryer for your hair when hair drying is the following:
Let your hair dry out on its own until around 70-80% of the drying is complete. Then, put your dryer on the coolest setting (don’t choose the hot or hottest settings), blow-dry your hair on the coolest setting. Keep the blow dryer a good 6 or so inches away from your hair while drying and move it around your head continuously in order to avoid any form of over heating on one area.
There you go, you should have gorgeous, dried hair that hasn’t been affected by the heat from the blow dryer. This method allows you to blow dry on a regular basis without any negative affects.