If you’re like most people, you probably rub, tousle and wrap your hair up in a bath towel while it dries so you can do other things while you wait for it to dry. In the long run, towel drying, especially vigorously can damage the roots and hair follicles since wet hair is particularly fragile and prone to breakage. Learning how to properly dry your hair without causing damage will help you maintain healthy hair, result in fewer broken strands, and it involves minimal effort.
Beautster has gathered some practical tips to help you learn and implement proper hair drying techniques. It’s all about being gentle with your hair and avoiding unnecessary damage.
Understanding what most people are doing wrong, then learning how to towel dry hair without damaging it is key. You might not be aware of this, but towel drying hair is one of the reasons split ends and breakage happens. As you rub hair together in a towel, you’re causing friction on wet hair, inevitably breaking it.
So is there a way to dry hair without damaging it?
Here are 4 of our Top Tips:
Press, don’t Rub
While rubbing your hair with a towel seems to get the job done faster, rubbing is also the fastest way to cause damage. Instead, simply press a towel against wet hair until it goes from wet to damp.
Rubbing your hair using fast motions is even worse since you are causing damage each time you do it. It seems like most people have just gotten used to towel drying their hair by vigorously rubbing it, so it seems like a normal thing to do rather than a damage-causing technique. There’s just no need for all that rubbing, and you’ll find that professional hairstylists do not use this method to dry their clients’ hair. A hairdresser knows that being gentle is the best way to dry hair, and they also train their assistants to be gentle.
Use the Right Towel
The type of towel you choose also matters; it should be very soft and lightweight. Some towels have lots of texture and cotton nubs, but it’s best to use towels that have a smooth surface and finish. The more texture a towel has, the more likely it is to catch strands of hair, rub on them and cause breakage.
Air-Dry as Often as Possible
If you aren’t in a rush to get out the door and you plan to air-dry your hair, there’s no need to overdo pressing wet hair into a towel. Instead, leave your hair damp and very gently, use a wide-toothed comb to brush it out section by section. Start at the ends and work your way up the length of your hair.
To avoid frizz once your hair has air-dried, work in some styling product and part it where you’d like for much easier styling once it’s completely dry.
Condition your Hair before Towel Drying
No matter how you dry and style your hair, ultimately the overall condition of your hair will determine how good the final result will look. The best way to ensure you’re taking proper care of your hair starts with always using salon-quality shampoos and conditioners.
Invest in a high-quality leave-in conditioner, but ask your hairdresser to help you choose one that is suitable for your hair type and texture. A leave-in conditioner can help smooth your hair cuticles and promote glossy, silky, healthy-looking hair.
Extremely dry or brittle hair requires a leave-in conditioner that focuses on moisturizing hair, while those with oily hair should look for light-weight leave-ins. Towel drying, air drying and styling will all become much easier once you’re using the right products for your hair type.
Now that you have a different perspective on hair drying, hopefully, you’ll start using these tips to get your hair onto a healthier, damage-free path with the help of your hair stylist. Pro Tips: limit your use of blow dryers and always dry on the lowest heat setting, don’t over-use your curling iron or hair straightener, and embrace the natural texture of your hair. The more you fight with your natural hair, the more damage you’re likely to cause. So, if you have naturally curly hair, find the right curl-enhancing products rather than constantly straightening it.
Everyone wants to look and feel their absolute best, so why not start with your hair? It’s one of the best ways to express yourself, you never take it off and there are so many possibilities. Visit www.Beautster.com and start discovering local hairdressers and barbers who are ready to take your hair to the next level. Please share your comments and questions with us, we’d love to hear from you!
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