There are two types of people in the world: those who air-dry their hair and those who blow-dry.
Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but you’re still not 100% sure how to dry your hair. Sound familiar?
Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything you need to know.
What Water Does to Your Hair
Before we decide who wins the blow dry vs air dry battle, we have to understand how water affects our hair.
Every strand of hair has an inner and outer layer. The inner contains the cortex and medulla whereas the outer has the cuticle, which determines your hair’s appearance.
When your hair’s cuticle is damaged, you’ll get dry, frizzy, and dull hair, so it’s crucial to keep your hair cuticle strong and healthy.
Tips for Air-Drying Your Hair
As you know, air-drying takes a while and during this time, your hair swells as it’s wet. The swelling puts pressure on your hair’s proteins to keep your hair intact and, as a result, you may find hair breakage which is a definite no-no.
A fantastic way to resolve this is by using our Styling Compound product as it cleanses your hair so there’s no risk of over-drying. The Styling Compound contains Kaolin Clay which has many magical properties such as repairing damaged hair, fortifying it, and improving hair elasticity.
If you’re air-drying, the best way to dry hair is by using a microfiber towel to squeeze out any water instead of rubbing it out. Avoid rubbing your hair with a regular towel as it can break, fry, and strip your hair. You can also use an old t-shirt to dab your wet hair for an absorbent approach.
Avoid any temptations to brush your hair straight out of the shower as this stretches out your hair’s strands. If you do, you’ll get split ends as your hair is at its most delicate state.
The secret is to comb your hair in the shower to stop it from getting frizzy or tangled before applying essential hair products.
Tips For Blow-Drying Your Hair
You may wonder, “What happens when I blow dry my hair?”
If you’re not careful, blow-drying can cause heat damage if you use a high setting. Blow-drying not only removes any surface moisture but also the water absorbed deep into your hair.
First, choose a hairdryer that has separate controls for heat and speed so you can turn down the heat as you go, reducing the risk of over-drying.
You want to gradually dry your hair instead of sucking out every bit of moisture. Always keep your hairdryer six inches away from your scalp and keep moving it around for the best results.
Or you could add a diffuser attachment to your hairdryer as it spreads out the heat and creates an even air stream. The wider the attachment, the better the heat will be distributed. Also, apply a styling protection spray to your hair before every blow-dry to prevent any damage or split ends.
The general rule is that if your hairdryer is too hot to hold, then the heat is too high for your locks. You should start at high speed and temperature, and as your hair dries, reduce the heat to prevent any brittleness or dullness.
You may notice your hair is looking flat which isn’t the best look. Luckily, you can use our Texture Dust spray to add volume to your hair, whatever the type.
Spray several pumps at your hair roots and use the hairdryer's heat to welcome volume back into it. Easy!
Mistakes to Avoid
As you're discovering how to properly dry hair, avoid these common mistakes. For instance:
Playing With Your Hair
When your hair’s drying, avoid running your hands through it or brushing it excessively. Doing this will cause the hair to frizz so instead, use the product on your hair before combing to keep it frizz-free.
Not Using Product
Whether you’re air-drying or blow-drying, add product to protect your hair. At the least, rub Styling Compound to revitalize your hair and crunch a handful of strands to give it some texture. Product is crucial as it increases volume and prevents hair damage.
And the Winner Is...
Overall, the healthiest way to dry hair is striking the perfect balance between the two methods. Instead of waiting hours for your air to naturally dry, leave it until it’s 75% done. And once your hair is ready, blow-dry the rest.
Then, before heading out, apply our Signature Promade to keep stray hairs at bay and keep you looking smart the entire day.
That's How to Dry Your Hair
You may have always wondered how to dry your hair so it maintains its strength and shine.
The best way to do this is by using products that cleanse your hair, give back its volume, and keep it in place to ensure you look fresh for the entire day. Even though air-drying sounds great, it can destroy your hair if you towel-dry it because of its abrasiveness.
Those blow-drying must pay attention to the speed, temperature, and distance from the device and your scalp. The healthiest drying method is by mixing the two to prevent any breakage, heat damage, or split ends.
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