Blow-Blow-drying always causes SOME hair damage. However, damage can be greatly reduced by practising a good blow-dry technique and taking preventative measures to protect hair against excessive heat.
You can greatly reduce damage to your hair by practising a good blow-dry technique and taking preventative measures to protect against heat. If you follow these precautions, you can maintain relatively healthy hair, no matter how often you blow-dry.
Towel-dry your hair before blow-drying
Only use a hairdryer once your hair is already 60% dry. If you try to dry sopping-wet hair, not only will it be prone to frizz, but it will also take more drying time, leading to greater heat exposure. Once you've washed your hair, lightly pat it with a towel. Then leave hair to dry naturally for at least 15 minutes.
Once your hair has been towel-dried, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle. Be very gentle with your hair at this stage. Wet hair is weaker and more prone to breakage. Don't attempt to dry your hair without combing it first. Your hair will knot easily and take longer to dry.
What hair product to use before blow-drying to prevent damage
A detangling spray will reduce damage to your hair. Try using Kevin.Murphy Un.Tangled Leave In Conditioner to help reduce moisture loss during the blow-dry.
Use a heat protectant to create a barrier between your hair cuticles and the upcoming heat. This step should never be skipped. However, it's particularly important if you're planning on using hot tools on your hair after the blow-dry. We recommend ghd Heat Protect Spray or Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection Spray.
Best blow-drying techniques to minimise heat damage
A good blow-dry technique is essential to minimising the heat damage caused by a hairdryer. Be sure to keep your hairdryer on a medium-to-low temperature. The lower the temperature, the better. If drying takes too long, increase the airstream and power as opposed to the temperature.
Keep the hairdryer moving at all times so one section of your hair doesn’t overheat. Hold the dryer at least 8 inches away from your head.
How to reduce hair-drying time
If your hair is taking too long to dry at lower temperatures, consider investing in a professional hairdryer, which has a higher wattage so you can increase the airstream. Ionic hairdryers also reduce drying time if you have thicker or more unruly hair. Ceramic hairdryers emit a more even heat, which is much less damaging for your hair. We have a great selection of professional hairdryers that reduce drying time.
Once your hair is fully dry, use the cool-shot button on your hairdryer to dramatically reduce the temperature. The cool air will seal your cuticles and lock your style into place. This not only makes your blow-dry last longer and your hair appear glossier, but it also prevents your hair from splitting due to heat damage.
The best way to reduce the hair damage of a blow-dry is, of course, to blow-dry your hair less. Try to avoid using a hairdryer daily, as it will be more difficult to grow healthy hair. Consider updos or non-heated rollers for in-between days.
However, if you follow our precautions, then you should be able to blow-dry your hair regularly with minimal damage.