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Hair dryers are a must-have in every woman’s haircare routine. Hair dryers speed up the drying process and can give you gorgeous locks when you set it right. If you have a blow dryer at home, there would hardly be a bad hair day for you. But despite being so great, you must realize that these tools use heat to dry out hair and in the long run, can cause damage resulting in frizziness, brittle hair, and also split ends. A lot of women ask is if they can use hair dryer everyday, in this post, we will find answers to that question.
What Hair Dryer Does to Your Hair While Drying it?
Blow drying causes a “flash drying” effect that evaporates water from the hair and in the process also sucks out surface moisture from hair strands. Flash drying can make cuticles dry and brittle. When you comb your hair at this stage, you will notice a significant amount of breakage. Hair dryer in itself may not cause hair loss but it makes easier for hair loss to occur.
Most people are not aware that our hair cannot tolerate temperatures higher than 140 Fahrenheit or 60 degrees Celsius and even at 60 degrees, hair would burn. Hair dryer with high heat levels can rip natural oils from the hair and makes it more prone to breakage. Excess heat can also weaken hair roots triggering hair loss.
For all the reasons mentioned above, save your hair dryer for use on rainy days, quite literally. Allow your hair to naturally dry when you are not in a rush, that way. Also, here are some tips to get the most out of your hair dryer and prevent hair from damage:
- Use medium or low setting on the hair dryer to prevent hair damage.
- Apply a heat protectant and spread it evenly through the hair before spread evenly through your hair.
- Don’t point the blow dryer directly at your roots.
- Don’t dry one spot for too long, rather work the dryer throughout your hair quickly.
- Air dry your hair till it’s 70 to 80% dry, and only then switch on the dryer.