Top hair drying mistakes and how to avoid them
Whilst it may seem a fairly straightforward process – rub dry with towel, put hairdryer/tongs/ straighteners on your hair and finish with whichever holding spray is appropriate – drying your hair is actually a far more complex and artistic procedure to get the look you want. There are a number of important “do’s and don’ts” to consider.
Here are a few of the more common mistakes made when drying hair:
Aggressive towel drying
It’s a natural act to just start vigorously rubbing your hair with a towel when first stepping from the shower. This repeated aggressive motion is, however, potentially damaging and can cause breakage and frizz.
Leaving wet hair wrapped too long
Again, people often just like to relax after a shower so simply wrap their hair up in a towel and leave it to absorb the moisture. This will, though, accelerate damage to your hair by contributing to breakage and even possible hair loss over a period of time.
Using the wrong towel
Most people automatically reach for a standard bath towel when stepping from the shower, but don’t realise that the rough texture, so good for absorbing excess water, is damaging to your hair! The water absorption qualities of a bath towel (larger looped fabric) can catch within hair strands thus causing frizz.
Using the wrong hair protectant products
Condition of your hair is, of course, very important and people often use different heat styling tools to either straighten, curl or style their hair. Direct heat can be very damaging, so you should always treat your hair with a heat protectant spray or cream. This, however, is not as straightforward as it may seem – a number of these products contain silicone which can be just as damaging as no heat protection at all!
How to avoid these hair drying mistakes
Use a microfiber towel
These finer-threaded microfiber towels not only dry more quickly and efficiently than cotton towels, but are also kinder to your hair. Ensure you squeeze your hair with the towel in an upward motion in order to keep it frizz-free.
Let your hair dry naturally
On the odd occasions, when you have plenty of time to wash and dry your hair, do nothing! One of the best things you can do for your hair is to leave it alone and let it ‘air dry’ naturally – a good way to help this is to gather it into loose braids and let it dry like that for a few hours.
Use styling tools
Your hair always looks amazing when you walk out of your local hairdressing salon – that’s largely because the salon stylists have the best tools. It’s never quite that easy to reproduce that when washing your hair at home – but you can help yourself by having the right brushes – a round brush is best for blow-drying and the bigger the brush the more volume you can get into your hair. A metal barrel hair brush will reduce drying time by heating the hair and distributing airflow.
Use the nozzle
A very important tool in your hair styling kit – used at different angles and directions, the nozzle can help create different styles and effects by concentrating air flow to different areas.
Section hair off when drying
As it’s done in a salon, section your hair off when drying and styling – it will be easier to style the different lengths and thicknesses of your hair if you concentrate on one section at a time , ensuring each area is properly finished before moving on to the next.
Bibas Hair & Beauty
Mark & Sue Pittman established Bibas Hair & Beauty as their own in 1992. Together they have built a Central London salon which provides both Londoners and visitors from around the world with expert salon services including great haircuts, colours and beauty treatments.