Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Do's and Don'ts of Hair Drying

I've got some tips for you when it comes to drying your hair - you might be damaging your strands without realizing it!

For starters, blow outs are actually BAD for your hair!

Nooooo!  I hate to hear that, they are one of my favorite things!  Turns out, by pulling on wet hair and drying it for so long, hair becomes damaged.  Yikes!  What a bummer (I will still indulge when I can though!)

So, to avoid damaging hair during drying, here's my step-by-step guide:

1. Towel Dry Hair First

DON'T rub hair, instead, squeeze gently with the towel to soak up all excess water

2. Do a 'loose' blow dry on low/medium heat

Notice I didn't say to use any styling products yet!!!

Loosely dry hair to zap even more moisture from the hair, this should only take a few minutes

3. Apply styling products to the damp hair.  You have more control over the application of the styling products at this stage.  I like to use

Styling Cream

I use Bumble & Bumble Color Minded UV Protectant Styling Cream $28

And I also apply Argon Oil to the bottom half of my hair

I've found Agadir is the best ($20 on Amazon)

4. Grab a brush and set the heat to medium (only use high heat if you have extremely thick or course hair!)

Point the nozzle downward (use the director nozzle that your dryer came with - it makes a huge difference in the smoothness of hair!) and follow the brush strokes on the 1-2 inch sections

5. Finish with the cold blast button

You always wondered WHY there was one, and now you know - the cool air helps seal the cuticle and add shine to hair

Its worth the extra minute of drying time!

Need a great dryer?  Then you need to splurge on t3's Featherweight Luxe 2i dryer ($250!)

more info here

WHY is it worth $250?  I will tell you!
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(info courtesy of t3)

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