With the rains on in full swing, one tends to use the blow-dryer a little too often. To help you blow-dry like a pro while limiting damage, Aanchal Kataria shares this handy guide.
The humble hair-dryer tends to our best friend during the monsoons. We can’t afford to have our hair appear unkempt, can we? Hence, there are a couple of things we should be careful about while styling our tresses or just drying them on a regular basis this rainy season. If done correctly, this technique is gentle on your hair and leaves the hair with plenty of bounce and lustre and if not, then we might unknowingly end up causing deep, irreparable damage to our hair and scalp. So here are some Dos and Don’ts which are imperative to follow:
1. It is important to start with using the right kind of dryer. Being able to adjust the temperature and the air stream is vital. At least two settings should be available on the model you are using, including a low-temperature setting. Test the air stream by making sure you feel comfortable with it on the back of your hand first.
2. The structure of your hair may get damaged if you blow-dry hair for long periods of time or use the high temperature setting. This can result in dry, brittle hair with split ends and an irritated scalp. The general rule is to keep the hair-dryer at least six inches away from your hair.
3. Move the dryer constantly to avoid applying too much heat in a single spot. We recommend dividing the hair in several portions and securing the strands with large hair clips or grips.
4. To ensure smooth cuticle layers, blow-dry every individual hair strand from the roots to the ends, and the output is healthy, shiny, and well-protected hair.
5. The most common mistake we make, while we are in a rush especially and want to speed up our drying process, is that we use a higher setting for the for the heat rather than the air stream flow. This should be avoided at all costs.
6. Your hair should ideally be 60-65% dry before you even start to blow-dry with the help of a brush. Try not to blow-dry your hair immediately after shampooing.
Tip: You should be aware of your hair’s drying pattern. Identify the areas which need more heat as compared to the others. These patterns differ from person to person
7. It is also very important to use the right kind of brush for your hair type while blow-drying. It is recommended that people with short hair use a flat brush with boar or nylon bristles and if you have medium hair length, then go in for a nylon, round brush which adds body and reduces frizz. Individuals with long hair should ideally use a ceramic-core round brush, that heats up and hence can act almost like a curling iron too..
8. If your hair quality is fine, then you should set the air stream flow to low. Otherwise, you may end up with tangled hair.
9. One of the most essential styling aids to help you blow-dry your hair safely and properly is the heat protectant spray.
10. Once you are done blow-drying your hair, briefly apply a stream of cool air. This cooling step gives your hair more elasticity and adds shine.
Here’s hoping that all your blow-drying concerns have been put to rest and for a carefree, stylish season!