Protect Your Hair From Blow Dryer Damage
Drying our hair is something that we all do on a pretty consistent basis. For the most part, many of us use blow dryers to help dry our hair after we’ve washed it. While blow dryers are convenient to help speed up the drying process, they can also cause damage to our hair when we don’t take the proper steps to protect our hair. Anytime you’re using heat on your hair, it’s important to make sure you’re maintaining your hair’s health as much as possible. We realize, that we’re really not taught how to protect your hair from blow dryer damage so we’re sharing how you can do that now.
Use the Right Heat Setting
When using a hair dryer, it’s important to understand that there are different heat settings. Experts suggest that you consider your hair type when selecting your heat setting. If you have very fine hair, you’ll want to air on a cooler heat setting and work your way up as you have thicker hair. Why is this? When you use too hot of a setting for your hair type it can put too much stress on your hair that can lead to a lot of damage. Take note of your heat setting, it’s better to start cooler and slowing work your way up rather than the reverse.
Do you use hair care products before drying your hair? Heat protectant products are extremely under utilized with the blow drying process. Before using your blow dryer make sure that you apply a heat protectant product to your hair. These types of products are specifically formulated to ‘coat’ your hair and really protect it from the heat. This can help you avoid damage to your hair that’s often caused by heat. You’ll likely notice a difference when you begin using a heat protectant product in your hair versus when you didn’t.
Don’t Get Too Close
Look, we get it – we think the closer we hold the blow dryer to our hair the quicker it will dry our hair. While they may help – it can wreak havoc on your hair’s health. Instead of holding the blow dryer right up against your hair keep a bit of a distance with it. Holding the blow dryer away from your hair (so it’s not directly on the hair) will keep from your hair getting too hot and being put under too much stress as it does when you do hold the blow dryer too close to the hair.
Use a Quality Blow Dryer
There’s a common misconception going around…that is that all blow dryers are created equally. But truthfully, blow dryers are like anything else in life – to really have the best product you want to look for a high quality product. Opting for a blow dryer that has different heat settings is key, along with the overall quality of the product. It’s been found to help keep your hair protected as you use it and they often last longer.