What Heat Setting Should I Use For My Hairdryer?

Each new hairdryer seems to boast the hottest temperatures ever, and it's natural to gravitate towards the best models for faster drying. But there's a limit to how much heat hair can take.

Each new hairdryer seems to boast the hottest temperatures ever, and it's natural to gravitate towards the best models for faster drying. But there's a limit to how much heat hair can take.

Maxing out the air temperature on your brand-new Badlands Thermonuclear 10000 will certainly yield quick results. Unfortunately, the long-lasting damage to your hair will make a healthy-looking style impossible.

 

What heat setting should I use for my hairdryer?

 

What temperature should I use my hairdryer on?


When you use a hairdryer, the heat emitted puts pressure on the hair shaft, leaving it weaker and more prone to breakage and split ends. This is true even of low heat, although to a lesser degree.

Fine hair is much more vulnerable to heat damage because the strands are naturally weaker and breakage-prone to begin with. If you have fine hair, never use your hairdryer at a heat setting above Medium. If your current dryer doesn't have adjustable temperatures, consider a professional hairdryer.

If you have thick hair, you still need to be careful with dryer temperatures. Even coarse, dense locks can't withstand the very high temperatures that some hairdryer models emit.

Regardless of your hair type, you should never use your hairdryer at a temperature that's too hot for the palm of your hand. A comfortable hand temperature is recommended. For faster drying, use a high-wattage dryer and increase the airstream instead of the temperature.

 

What heat setting should I use for my hairdryer?

 

How can I protect my hair from heat damage before a blow dry?


If you want your hair to dry quickly, wrap your wet hair in a super-absorbent microfibre towel for several minutes. Then let your hair air-dry for several more minutes and attend to other matters before turning on your dryer.

Even if you're drying on a medium or low temperature setting, you should always apply a heat protectant to your hair first. This is especially important if you're going to use hot tools once your hair has been blow-dried. We recommend spritzing on MoroccanOil Heat Styling Protection for healthy hair.


I'm looking for a hairdryer that causes minimal heat damage. What should I go for?


The science behind hairdryers is constantly advancing. Some newer technologies offer gentler heat.

ceramic hairdryer has a special internal coating that helps distribute heat evenly. In a traditional hairdryer, the airstream can be uneven and leave your hair dry and damaged. A ceramic hairdryer solves this problem by regulating the heat.

Tourmaline hairdryers use infrared heat to dry strands from the inside, so the cuticle isn’t damaged. If you blow-dry your hair on a regular basis, it’s worth looking at these revolutionary hairdryers to minimise heat damage.

Heat damage from blow-drying is unavoidable. However, you can reduce hair damage by using the appropriate products, investing in a modern hairdryer, and, most importantly, using your hairdryer on a lower heat setting.

 

What heat setting should I use for my hairdryer?