We all wash and dry our hair. I like to dry my hair using a hair dryer as it gives more volume to my hair and it looks nicer. However, have you ever thought what is actually healthy and good way to dry our hair? Naturally probably?
The other day I was looking at some scientific publications when I came across one article discussing hair drying. To sum up, the best way you can dry your hair is about 15cm distance from your hair at the average temperature (approx.47 degrees) with continuous motions. The wrong hair drying (very high temperature and hair dryer being very close to the hair fiber) can lead to the hair damage, such as split ends, colour and moisture loss.
What about natural hair drying? According to the science, the hair shaft swells when it is in contact with water. For that reason there is a higher chance that hair becomes more fragile (read full scientific article here).
My hair drying routine is pretty simple – wash, gently press with towel to get the water out and leave to dry for up to 5 min. Use a hair drying on a medium heat, which is around 47-50 degrees and flip my head upside down. I do have pretty long hair and it takes a bit time to dry it. I noticed this way I get more volume, hair looks smooth and shiny. Time to time I dry my hair naturally if I am not in a rush. However, I still use a hair dryer at least for a couple of minutes, otherwise my hair looks very flat.