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Do you know how to use a hair dryer safely at home all by yourself? Today, millions of people use a hair dryer daily. It is designed to blow hot hair over damp hair to accelerate water particles’ evaporation and dry your hair quickly.
When a hairdryer is not used properly, it can damage your hair, make your hair look frizzy, or worse burn your scalp. By following the right procedure, you can master the technique of drying your hair while maintaining its health.
Read on to understand how to use a hairdryer properly.
Step-by-step Guide on How to Use Hair dryer
Wash and Deep Condition Your Hair
Before using any heating styling appliance on your hair, always ensure that your hair is super clean. Drying dirty hair with a hairdryer is like baking accumulated dirt and buildup in your hair.
Start by using shampoo to remove all the dirt, oil, and buildup in your hair and scalp. It is best to use a moisturizing shampoo that will not dry your hair and get some extra shine on your hair.
After cleansing your hair, use a conditioner to deep condition and to add moisture to your hair. Well-moisturized hair is less likely to break and get split ends when blow-drying it. Ensure that you detangle your hair after conditioning it.
Towel-dry Your Hair
Take your towel and gently dry your hair to not to sopping wet when you start using your hairdryer. When using a towel, please don’t use it roughly and rapidly, which can damage your hair.
Hair is most fragile when wet, and you should handle it carefully when it’s wet. A softer towel will be gentle on your hair.
If you don’t have a towel nearby, use a cotton t-shirt or a microfiber cloth to dry your hair. The more your towel can dry your hair, the less time you will take blow drying your hair thus less heat damage.
Apply Your Heat Protectant
If you care about your hair, do not skip this step. Heat can damage your hair and burn it. Before you start using your hairdryer, apply a heat protectant. Other hair products that you can apply in this step include;
- Leave-in conditioners- it helps to lock-in moisture and helps to protect your mane. Leave-in conditioner protects your hair ends and prevents split ends.
- Styling mousse- if you want to add some thickness to your hair, apply a styling mousse.
- Shine cream- apply shine cream to your hair to smooth out your hair and give it a good shine.
Once you have applied your heat protectant and your other hair products, use a brush to make sure the products are evenly spread to each hair strand.
Use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair for smooth drying.
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Separate Your Hair into Manageable Sections
The other step is to divide your hair into small manageable sections for easier drying. Separate your hair into two sections and gather the hair on top of your head and clamp it with your hair clip or your hairband.
This will put hair you are not working with first out of your way. If your hair is thicker, you can divide it into many sections for easier drying.
Start Drying Your Hair
Work with small sections of hair and start with the half bottom of your hair. Plugin your hairdryer in the socket and switch it on. It is best to start with a lower or medium heat setting at first.
It helps to stretch your hair without causing damage or making your hair frizzy. Low heat warms your hair and prepares your hair to receive the higher heat. It also helps your hair feel moisturized, and as you proceed, you can gradually increase the heat as needed.
Hold your hairdryer a few inches away from your hair and slowly move the dryer from the roots towards the ends of your hair. Holding your hairdryer too close to your hair can burn the skin on your scalp, ears, and face and even damage your hair.
Avoid leaving your hairdryer on one section of hair for too long as exposing hair to heat for a long period can burn and damage it.
Working with small hair sections allows you to dry your hair quickly with less heat and prevents your hair from damage.
Repeat the Process to Other Sections
Continue to dry your hair to other small sections until all your hair is dry. For the best effective results, here are some tips on how to use your hairdryer:
- Point your hairdryer nozzle to a downward angle to make your hair smooth and shiny
- For effective results, dry your hair from root to tip.
- If you want to create volume, blow your hair from root to bottom in an upward direction.
- Keep your hairdryer moving to evenly distribute heat at a distance of six inches from your hair.
- Use the cold air button to set your style in place, reduce frizz and add shine.
- Use the right hair dryer to avoid making your hair frizzy. The best hair dryer should have multiple heat settings so that you can switch to the most suitable heat when needed.
- Brush your hair before, during, and after the drying process. This ensures that your hair stays smooth all through without tangles and frizz.
- Opt for a hairdryer that utilizes 1800 watts. It has the best heat setting and dries your hair quickly; if your hair is curly use a diffuser nozzle when drying your hair.
You don’t need to go to the salon to dry your hair. All you need is a good hairdryer and follow the right steps to achieve dry, straight non-frizzy hair.
By following these simple steps on using a hairdryer, you can solely achieve the best hair results. Always remember to use a heat protectant to prevent your hair from heat damage.
About Author (Edna K. Martin)
Edna K. Martin is an expert in skincare and hair care. With years of experience in the beauty industry, she has developed a deep understanding of the science behind healthy skin and hair; has a wealth of knowledge about the latest products and techniques. She is a certified skin care coach and has helped many people achieve a clearer and healthier complexion. As a hairstylist, View Profile ››