Did you know that properly drying your hair can be a form of self care? Our hair is just as important as any other part of our body, and safely drying it is an easy way to show it some love.
When hair comes into contact with water, the water causes the cuticles of the hair to swell, leaving the hair vulnerable to damage. Rubbing your hair dry with a towel cracks open hair cuticles, making your hair frizzy and brittle. Blow-drying your hair can also be just as damaging if done improperly, causing your roots to overheat and accelerating hair loss.
Fortunately, there are ways to safely dry and care for our hair.
Go Back to Your Roots and Protect Your Roots
Blow dryers have only existed for less than 150 years! For most of human history, air-drying your hair was the way to go. It’s time we embraced our air-drying roots, because air-drying is the healthiest way to dry our hair! Leaving your hair loose after washing will expose it to airflow and allow it to dry without the damaging heat of a blow dryer.
Use a Microfiber Hair Turban
We understand, you’re a busy gal! (or guy, or non-binary pal) You’ve got things to do, places to be - who has the time to let their hair air-dry? Well, dear reader, that is precisely why you should invest in a quick drying hair turban. Hair turbans (likeMuaves!) are designed to transition your hair from a wet to damp state as quickly as possible. The super-fast drying powers of these turbans come from their microfiber lining. Microfibers are much finer than traditional towel fibers, which means a microfiber hair turban is packed with more surface area to absorb moisture and accelerate drying time. The turban should be worn for about 10 minutes, and in that time you can go about your daily routine. Put on some makeup, send an email, or grab a cup of coffee!
Once you remove the turban, your hair will be significantly drier. If you choose to air-dry after using a turban, you’ll find that your hair will dry much faster.
Blow Dry Your Hair Properly
Of course, sometimes it may be necessary to use a blow dryer. If that’s the case, there are steps to take that will limit the damage to your hair. First off, don’t blow-dry in your bathroom. Humidity in your bathroom will make drying your hair take much longer, increasing the amount of time your hair is exposed to harmful heat. Next, you’ll want to make sure that you’re constantly moving the blow dryer and not letting it focus on one section of hair for too long. If you concentrate the heat on one section, your roots will overheat and become damaged. Lastly, to reduce the amount of frizz, you should stop drying your hair when it’s about 80% dry.
Properly drying your hair can mean the difference between lifeless, brittle hair and a head full of vibrant, luscious locks. Show your hair some love!