We have been telling a lot that before applying any hot tools like hair straightener, curling iron, blow dryers on your hair, you need to make sure that your hair is completely dry.
Whether you naturally air dry your hair or use a blow dryer, the hair shouldn’t be wet as heat on wet hair can do serious damages to the human hair. Besides, if you are in a hurry and need to go outside just after having your shower, you should use a blow dryer to dry your hair quickly to protect it from the sun.
But there are some demerits of using a blow dryer if you do not use it properly. So, in this article, we have tried to acknowledge you about the mistakes you are making while blow dries your hair. So, sit tight and let your learning begin.
1. You Are Using Low Quality or Cheap Blow Dryer
Budget hair tools are not good most of the times. These products can save your money though at some point these products cannot provide good performance. At times, the performance of cheap hair products and tools lack its efficiency and then it starts damaging your hair.
If you are not a frequent user of a blow dryer and little short of money, the budget blow dryers can be okay, (well we recommend this no more). But if your hair is thick or coarse hair or you are habituated with a blow-dry your hair every time you take shower, buy a high-quality blow dryer like Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer or Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000 or even BIO IONIC Goldpro Dryer (cheaper than the first two). These expensive and high-quality blow dryers have the features like multiple heat settings, cool shot, ionic air technology, high power, etc. which can provide extra protection and prevent your hair from becoming frizzy, damaged and other harms.
Comparing to the cheap or budget blow dryers, these high-quality blow dryers priced more about $50-$100 which is not a big deal comparing the quality and protection your hair can have.
2. Brushing on Wet Hair
Brushing on wet hair is another big mistake like applying blow dryer on wet hair. If you brush on your wet hair, it creates a lot more tension on the hairs. And after brushing the wet hair and start blow-drying immediately on the strands, it causes major damages and breakage. However, brushing the strands regularly helps stimulate the roots of the hair and indorse faster growth. But that doesn’t mean you should brush now and then. Just do not bush and apply blow dryer on wet hair. Besides, try to keep your brush clean always. The dirty brush can lead your scalp having bacteria and destroy your natural scalp oil.
If you have not much time in your hand, allow the hair air-dry at least for 5-10 minutes. This can reduce damage hugely.
3. Putting the Towel on Hair for Too Long
Glasmsquad’s creative director, Giovanni Vaccaro says that “After getting out of the shower, women tend to leave their hair in the towel for like 30 minutes”. He also says, “A cotton-based towel causes friction on the hair, and it’s more prone to damaging the strands to the point where the hair breaks off”.
So, from Giovanni Vaccaro, a professional hair expert, we have come to know that if you have the habit of letting your towel stay on your wet hair for so long, your hair is in danger. To prevent this, Vaccaro suggests using an old clean t-shirt to get rid of the excess water. But let it stay on your wet hair not more than 10 minutes. The only best thing is to let your hair air dry it then use a blow dryer.
Here’s a quick suggestion to remove all of your confusions. If your hair is fine to medium, let your hair dry at least 80% before blow dries it. If the hair is thick, curly or coarse, about 50% dry will be okay to blow dry it. You can also squeeze your hairs with your hands and get rid of the excess water and then wrap it with a microfiber towel for about 5-10 minutes, then blow-dry the hair. You can use Zwipes 735 Microfiber Towel Cleaning Cloths instead of your regular towel.
4. Skipping the Heat Protectant Spray
Yes, heat protectants can really protect your hair from severe damages. If you want to save your strands from breakage and want to make your blow out last longer, heat protectant will the best buddy for your hair while blow-drying it. However, you should have to apply to correctly.
If you are not used to spraying the heat protectant all over your hair, do not do it from the next time. Spray it on your whole hair and do not forget to spray the protectant on the backside of your hair too. However, it is best practice to spray the heat protectant on your section by section and start working from the mid-shaft to ends. After finishing spray, you can comb your hair smoothly with a wide-toothed comb. If you are in a hurry, you can do it with your fingers also.
Always try to use high-quality spray. Low quality heat protectant can make your hair dry and breakage-prone. Our recommended heat protectant sprays:
5. Blow-drying in the Wrong Direction
If you start blowout from the back of your hair, you are doing it wrong, dear. This procedure makes your hair dry at the top and it will be harder to get a smoother finish. The root of your strands takes longer time to dry than the ends.
If you do not want more heat on your locks than is necessary, it is better to focus on the roots before you move on the ends. This procedure will prevent split ends, breakage and overworked locks. Besides, the most visible part of your hair is the front and top. And this part tends to be the most challenging to smooth. So start from the tough part first.
Blow-dry downward and keep the airflow with the direction of your strands and continue doing it till you have smooth and dry sections.