If your hair has been feeling brittle and dry lately, maybe it's time you call it quits with your blow dryer for good. After all, it's only so much your precious mane can take from all the curling, heating and ironing it's subjected to.
So, what happens when you blow dry your hair everyday? Your hair strands are basically like a tube with an inner cortex and a protective outer layer known as cuticle, held together by proteins. When you blast your hair with heat everyday, the water or moisture trapped between the cuticles starts evaporating, damaging the strands.
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It takes no genius to know that frequent blow drying can strip hair of its natural oils, leaving it dull, dead and dry. By kicking the habit to the curb, you will notice that you have a mane that is visibly soft and smooth. This allows the hair strands to retain the layers of protein crucial to protect hair from further damage.
To get you started, here are a few quick hacks that will help you to pull the plug off that hair dryer, and this time permanently!
It's not as easy as it sounds, it's actually a science!
Pick the right products: The base of any good air drying starts in the shower. The hair product you choose should essentially serve three purposes - protect, condition and stimulate. It should also be light.
Towel dry your hair: Never rub your damp hair rigorously with a towel, as it can roughen the cuticles and cause breakage. Instead, squeeze out excess moisture with an old T-shirt or a microfibre towel.
De-tangle: When your hair is 50% dry, use a wide-toothed comb to remove knots.
Give it structure: To give your hair some structure and keep it frizz free throughout the day, apply a smoothening serum from the root to the end of towel-dried hair. Mastering the above-mentioned simple air drying techniques will guarantee super sleek hair, all day long!
Style Wet Hair
Contrary to popular belief, wet hair styling is easy to do and considered chic! From the tousled beach waves, the fishtail braid to the elegant coif, there are endless effortless styles you can create on wet hair. All you need is a suitable mousse and some bobby pins!
Treat Your Hair To Overnight Care
Another great way to wean you off the hair dryer is to treat your tresses to some much-needed overnight care. Switch your regular cotton pillowcase with silk cases. It will not only smoothen your hair, but also add a natural sheen.
Washing and conditioning your hair at night is another change in you everyday routine you might consider making. Humidity and heat during the day can make your hair frizzy very soon. The cool temperature at night makes it far easier to manage and air dry hair.
If your hair tends to get oily soon, use dry shampoo to remove excess grease. A good dry shampoo will create instant volume, similar to blow drying effect, while leaving a clean fresh scent behind!
These simple tips may be just what you need to live a blow dryer-free life. If you have any more easy tips to add to the list, don't hesitate to share!