The average cost of a haircut in the United States is $44, with the price ranging anywhere from as little as $10 to as much as over $100. If you’re going to drop some cash for your hair, you want to practice healthy hair hygiene in between cuts. Know how to dry your hair.
Your first step to great hair starts with the seconds after you step out of the shower. You may wonder, “Why does it matter how I dry my hair?”
Keep reading to learn the best tips for drying hair:
Avoiding a Frizz Fest
Your hair is a fragile part of you. Nothing puts it in a more fragile state than moisture. Whenever you expose your hair to moisture, the hair swells. So in its most delicate state, the hair needs special treatment.
Towel-drying with a typical terry cloth towel can lead to a festival of frizzy hair, and no one wants to join that party. The turban you create with your bath towel may look cute, but it is damaging your hair.
When you step out of the shower, dry your body but leave the head alone. Squeeze the water out in the shower or tub. Hairstylists claim that towel drying will rough up your hair cuticle. This lifts up cuticle rather than letting it lie flat as it would naturally.
If you have extra moisture in your hair and want to dry it quickly, drop a few bucks and buy a microfiber towel. Haircare companies now specialize in microfiber towels that fit nicely around any head of hair.
Hair is fragile. When it is wet, hair is at its most vulnerable state. Pulling it and roughing it up will only damage it.
How Do I Air Dry My Hair?
When you step out of the shower, you have three options for drying your hair: a towel, the air, or a blow dryer. While air-drying isn’t always the quickest way to get those locks moisture free, it is the best. Follow these tips to make your hair look as beautiful as possible.
Start in the Shower
Proper air drying techniques actually start in the shower. Most people attempt to brush or comb their hair after they step out of the shower and dry off their bodies.
But if you want to retain the beauty of your hair and avoid frizz, take the comb into the shower with you. Comb your hair when it is completely wet while you’re still in the shower. Do not brush it once you finish showering.
When you comb your hair after you’ve showered, you’re pulling on wet, fragile hair and making it frizz. So comb it when it is at its wettest state.
Use the Right Towel
If you have excess moisture, you can still use a towel, but stay away from your terry-cloth bath towel. Instead, use a microfiber towel to find out how much better your hair will look with the right material.
Use the plop method of wrapping and drying your hair. This method works especially well if you want to know how to dry long hair.
Lay your towel on a flat surface, bend over the towel and plop your hair on it. Then gently tie the microfiber towel around it.
If you do not have a microfiber towel or haven’t had the time to get one yet, you can use a t-shirt as a quick substitute. Just plop your hair on the t-shirt and follow the same method of tying up your hair.
Do not aggressively rub your hair with a terry cloth towel. This method will lead to the frizz that you’re trying to avoid.
Pour Some Product On
While your hair is still damp, put some product in your hair. The product will set your hair and protect it, helping you avoid the frizz.
If you have the habit of running your fingers through your hair, break the habit. Touching your hair excessively will lead to frizz. The oils from your hand will transfer to your hair and cause more damage.
Shower At the Right Time
Avoid going to bed with a wet head. This means you should avoid showering right before bedtime.
Bedhead is a real thing. Your hair will tangle as you sleep, and you’ll end up with damaged hair just because you didn’t let your hair air dry first. Your pillow isn’t the best way to dry hair.
How to Blow Dry Your Hair
If you must use a blow dryer, do so purposefully and responsibly. You can still use a blow dryer without causing excessive damage to your hair.
Begin with putting a serum or cream on your hair to protect it while you dry it. Do not use high heat. Hot air will cause flash drying to the outside of the hair and lead to the dreaded frizz. So dry our hair gradually and on low heat.
Move the dryer at least six inches away from your scalp and keep the dryer saving. Dwelling on just one spot of your hair or head will cause damage. So spread out the heat. Using a diffuser will also widen the heat pattern, avoiding having a blast of hot air just in one area.
Styles For Drying Wet Hair
If you want to avoid frizz, you can also style your hair in a couple of different ways while it dries. You can pull your hair into a bun until it dries.
A bun will elongate your curl pattern because you will have stretched the wet hair flat in the bun.
You can also braid your hair while it is wet. Put your hair into two loose braids and keep it in the braids until it has nearly dried. For a more crimped look, put your hair into tighter braids and then shake them out after they’ve dried.
Now you can answer the question, “How do I dry my hair without causing any damage?” Blow dryers work, but they’re not your hair’s best friend. Stay away from the average towel and invest in a microfiber towel to safely squeeze out the moisture while keeping your follicles intact.
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