The Best Way to Dry Your Hair

Are you an air-dryer or a blow-dryer fan? Do you swear by the low, slow process of letting your hair dry naturally? Do you ramp up the heat on high and blast away? Or are you a medium kind of gal, who blow-dries with a low heat?

Which option is the best?

The results might surprise you. Too much head can cause damage to your hair. Each strand of your hair is a tube. It has an inner cortex and a protective outer layer. When you blow-dry your hair on high, you trap the water inside your hair and cause it to boil. This can cause your hair to become brittle and break.

Assuming air-drying is the best option? Wrong again.

While excessive heat can cause damage, air-drying can also make your hair brittle. Allowing the water to remain within your hair can let it swell. This damages the delicate proteins that keep your hair shinny and smooth.

So, what’s a gal to do? Stop drying your hair on high! And, stop letting it air-dry. Rather, gently squeeze as much water from your hair as possible. Then, blow-dry your hair on warm-low. And, don’t blast a single spot for minutes. Allow the heat to be dispersed throughout your entire mane.

Need a good hair dryer recommendation?

Allure did a great roundup of “The 10 Best Blow-Dryers Money Can Buy.” The styles and prices range widely, but each one of these beauties features multiple heat settings, an essential tool for any women.

We’re quite partial to the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i. This lightweight solution is easy to hold and maneuver, making it ideal for a fast paced morning. The DevaCurl Dryer and DevaFuser is another favorite for those with unruly locks. And, the Chi Tough 2 Tough Screen Hair Dryer offers a touch screen panel for easy speed control.

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