Hair Drying Tips

Blow-drying is one of the worst things to do to your hair (and your hearing!).  Here are some ways to minimize the damage and/or get better results…

Step Away from the Hair Dryer:  If you absolutely don’t need to blow dry your hair, don’t.  Give your hair a break at least once a week by letting it air dry.  Find a hairstyle that works even if you don’t blow dry your hair.  I’ve only recently been able to embrace my hair’s natural (wavy) tendencies.  A couple years ago, I spent a lot of time trying to straighten it into submission because it seemed like everyone had straight hair.  I’m very thankful for the wavy “trend”.

You Don’t Have to Go “All the Way”:  If you can get away with it, only blow dry your hair most of the way.  If you dry the roots, the ends will dry pretty quickly on their own.

Save Time:  Press (don’t wring!) the excess water out of your hair. Do the “turban” thing with the towel. Wash your face or do whatever non-hair-related things need to be done.  After a few minutes, flip the towel around so the part that was at the top can absorb some more moisture. If you’re really in a hurry, use paper towels to press the extra water out of your hair.

Take It Down a Notch:  If your hair dryer has a “medium” or “warm” setting, use that instead of the insanely-high-heat setting.  (The low/cold setting feels better on hot summer days!) It’ll take your hair a little longer to dry, but it won’t get as fried.  If you’re in the market for a new hair dryer, find one that has the mid-range heat setting.

Avoidance:  Don’t use any products in your hair that claim to help “speed up the drying process”.  They’ll do what they say – because they contain alcohol.  Unless you need do disinfect your hair, you shouldn’t ever put alcohol products into it.

Setting Things Straight:   If you haven’t gotten the hang of using a huge round brush (or don’t have one) to straighten your hair, you can make your hair straighter by using a paddle brush and going in straight strokes with the brush and hair dryer at the same time.

Use Your Hands:  Your hands are surprisingly effective styling tools (and they’re free!)   Because you’re warm, “combing” your hair with your fingers as you dry can speed up the process a tiny bit, too.

In Summary:  Hair dryers are a necessary evil for most of us.  But with a little planning, we can help our hair look decent without them and save some electricity as well.

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