Are you drying your hair in the best way?
If you're bothered by frizz, have lacklustre curls, or are constantly spotting split ends, it could all be down to how you're drying your hair. If you're not doing it properly, it could be causing you one too many bad hair days!
But, if you dry your hair in the right way for you, you can transform your locks and create salon-worthy styles.
Transform your routine with our guide to drying hair like a pro.
A Few Washing Tips
The success of drying your hair actually starts when you're washing it. Making sure you're using the right products in the shower can have a big effect on your final look!
If you're dealing with a lot of split ends and dryness, make sure you're using the best shampoo for dry hair. A nourishing conditioner is also a must! Even guys and girls with normal hair should use a conditioner but opt for something a little more lightweight so it doesn't make your hair too oily.
Ditch products that contain SLS, sulfates, parabens, and silicones. All of these products are terrible for your hair, drying it out and weighing it down.
Once you've stocked up on shampoos and conditioners that are right for your hair type, you'll find drying your locks a whole lot easier!
After washing, it's time to use a few post-wash treatments. These are the products that'll help protect and style your hair, and they're a must for any look. Here are a couple of treatment routines to use for inspiration:
- Curly hair - use a conditioning, detangling spray and a curl styling product like those from Cantu which are great for nourishing your curls and holding them in place
- Straight hair - use an anti-frizz product to keep away fly-aways and nourishing oil to add shine to dull hair
- Damaged hair - use a protein treatment to restore chemically or heat damaged locks and a leave-in conditioner to prevent dryness
If you're using heat on your hair, always use a heat protection product. If you're worried about weighing your hair down, opt for a spray rather than a cream as this will be much more lightweight.
Towel Drying Your Hair
When hair drying with a towel, be gentle. Your hair is weaker when wet so more prone to damage and rough towel drying could cause your hair to split and break. Instead, pat your hair gently.
When you dry curly hair, carefully scrunch your hair upwards when drying with a towel. This will add more definition and volume to your curls as they dry. For straight hair, simply pat dry to avoid frizz.
A microfiber towel like this one from Turbie Twist is also great for preventing frizz. It absorbs water much quicker than a regular towel, removing the need for rough towel drying and preventing breakage. It's a much gentler way to dry your hair and will leave it frizz-free!
If you like to completely towel dry your hair, check out the Turbie Twist. This towel turban makes hair drying easy and is ideal for curly, thin, and frizzy hair.
Blow-Drying Hair Without Damaging It
If you like to blow dry your hair, there's a lot you need to know.
First of all, blow drying can be incredibly damaging because of the heat used. Make sure you use heat protection and always condition your hair in the shower. It's also good to do a restorative, nourishing deep condition every week with a mask to prevent dry, split ends.
As you dry your hair, you should change your technique depending on the style you want. Follow this guide for tips.
When blow-drying curly hair, always use a diffuser attachment on your hairdryer. This helps reduce frizz and doesn't affect your natural curl pattern. For defined curls, scrunch gently with your hand as you dry.
Once your hair is about 80% dry, stop using heat and air dry the rest. This will also help reduce frizz and keep your curls in place.
For straight hair, air dry or use a towel to get most of the moisture out before blow-drying. Take any nozzle attachments off of your hairdryer; these will smooth your hair cuticles and make your hair lay flatter on your head. For extra shine and less frizz, always dry at a downwards angle.
A lack of volume is a big issue for a lot of people, and nobody wants flat hair! To create more volume when drying, tousle your hair gently before drying and remove the nozzle of your hairdryer. As you dry, flip your hair occasionally, alternating sides.
You can also hang your head upside down so your hair falls towards the floor as you dry, which will add a lot of volume. Alternatively, use a round brush to lift your hair at the root while you dry. This will have a similar effect but be a little tidier!
Only blow-dry your hair until it's about 70-80% dry. Let the rest dry naturally to stop it laying flat on your head. You can also use volumizing sprays and mousses, focusing on the roots to lift your hair.
Transform Your Hair Today
Follow our guide to drying hair and watch as your locks are transformed by your new routine! Remember, no hair type is exactly the same so you may have to alter your steps to suit yours. After a few tries, you should have your new drying routine perfected for salon-style hair every day.
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