Should you blow dry your hair or is it best to let it air dry? Most people prefer to use a blow dryer because it is more convenient, but fans of air drying avoid that as much as possible, saying it is not healthy for hair. So, what should you do? Well, both methods have their pros and cons and it’s up to you to choose the one that best suits your lifestyle and needs. Here are some facts to help you choose:
Air drying doesn’t subject hair to heat and the damage that causes. Thus, hair that dries this way is less prone to damage and breakage. This method is usually preferred by those with short hair. The reason is obvious. The longer your hair is, the longer it’ll take to dry and in our fast-paced society, not everyone can wait hours for their locks to air dry. And going out with wet hair in winter is not really a good idea. If you have the time to let your hair air dry, remember that your locks are in a very fragile state when wet.
Because of it, you have to be very careful and gentle with it. Gently blot the water away with a towel (it will help speed up drying time) and use a wide-tooth comb to comb it. Also, avoid any pulling and tugging. And don’t let it air dry in the wind as that will cause your hair to knot. Air drying is my favourite method of drying hair. I always let it hair dry in summer and, whenever possible, in winter too. I notice that, this way, my hair is softer, less damaged and more shiny too.
Blow drying is the most common, convenient and fastest way to dry hair, and gives it some volume too. Unfortunately, it can also cause a lot of damage to your locks. The heat from the blow dryer can break down the cuticle (the outermost protective layers of the hair shaft), making hair weak and prone to split ends and breakage. It also robs hair of moisture, leaving it dry and brittle.
If you choose to dry hair this way, always set the blow dryer on the lowest heat setting available and don’t keep it too close to your head to limit the damage. I personally dislike using a blow dryer so I try to use it only when absolutely necessary. I use it mostly in winter and even then, I just blow dry my hair till it is damp and then let it to air dry.
Although blow drying is more convenient, air drying is less damaging to hair. In the end, though, what method you chose comes down to your personal preference and needs. So, how do you dry your hair?