A lot of us face the dilemma of whether to blow dry or let our hair air dry. If your like me, I prefer to avoid heat at any cause but sometimes the blow dryer is the more convenient option. Even though I feel a bit guilty afterwards. Here are some facts and tips on blow drying vs. air drying.
Blow drying requires packing on the heat and may damage the natural curl pattern but it provides loads of volume. If you are in a rush and need to blow dry your hair make sure that you hold the dryer at least six inches away from the hair. If the dryer is held too close to the hair, the concentration of heat can damage your strands which will cause them to break easier. Never blow dry your hair when it is soaked. Blot dry with a towel, being careful not to rub the towel over the hair because the friction will cause breakage and can suck nutrients from your strands. Do not blow dry your hair until it is completely dry. Stop when the hair is damp. Damp hair retains moisture better.
Air drying is NOT the most efficient way to dry hair but it is the healthiest. I don't know about you but my hair looks better when it air dries. Especially my "braid and curls" and "twist outs". On average air drying takes up to 8 to 10 hours. Braids and twists may require a much longer time. When styling the hair while it is wet, keep in mind that your hair is in its most fragile state. So when styling your hair be extra careful not to pull too hard on your tresses. Using a detangling conditioner and wide tooth comb or detangling brush is a great way to get the water dripping from your hair.
Wet or Dry you should treat your hair like it is a MILLION BUCKS!