The place where you normally dry your hair is the bathroom, i.e. the shower or bathtub. But did you know that this is not the right place in the house to do it? Here’s why.
Washing and drying your hair: how often?
After washing the hair, it is common to dry it with a hair dryer : even those with short hair usually use hot air to give the desired shape to their hair, because letting the hair dry in the in the open air, they could take on a strange shape. Also, during cold seasons i.e. fall and winter as well as early spring, it is better to dry it rather than going out with damp hair or letting it dry naturally , as this could lead to problems such as headaches or neck pain.
How often you wash your hair varies depending on hair type and scalp. People with oily hair prone to dandruff are generally required to wash it every two days, while those with dry hair can wash their hair more frequently. Some people even manage not to wash their hair for a week without feeling greasy or itchy. However, it is important not to overdo it, as washing your hair too frequently can lead to the opposite effect of overproduction of dandruff and sebum .
Either way, it is essential to choose products suitable for your hair type, to avoid stressing it and at the same time nourish it. But after you’ve shampooed, conditioned, and dabbed your hair, what’s the correct way to dry your hair, or rather, where should you do it?
Here’s why you shouldn’t dry your hair in the bathroom
People with fine hair have an advantage when it comes to drying: whether in the open air or with a hairdryer, the process will be faster. If the hair is particularly thick and long, natural drying can take several hours! If you’re short on time to dry your hair, it’s important to find a compromise between not damaging your hair and getting perfectly dried hair in less time. How to do ?
There’s one mistake everyone makes, and it has to do with where you dry your hair: the bathroom. In reality, this is not at all the ideal place to achieve quick and satisfactory drying. This may seem strange, because this is where we wash our hair and where we keep all the products and tools necessary for its maintenance, including the hairdryer. However, right after showering, this room in the house is loaded with humidity, which will not dissipate immediately, especially if you avoid opening windows because of the cold. Drying your hair in such a humid place is nonsense, isn’t it? Steam laden with water droplets in the air means that drying your hair will take much longer , plus your hair could become frizzy and difficult to manage, requiring extra steps such as using a a hair straightener.
So what to do? To avoid these consequences, you can dry your hair in another room in the house: choose the one that suits you, as long as it is free of humidity, warm and perfectly dry .
How to take care of your hair and dry it best
How to properly dry your hair and achieve a perfect end result? There are steps you shouldn’t miss and tips you could follow to achieve perfect hair. Here’s what to do:
1. Conditioner : this product aims to soften the lengths, nourish them, detangle them, but it also serves to close the cuticles and create a protective layer on the hair, which protects it from breakage and prevents frizz. Don’t skip this fundamental step!
2. Cold water : Low temperature water – without exaggerating – is preferable to hot water when rinsing. While warm water opens cuticles and is best before conditioning, choose a blast of cold water for about 30 seconds at the end of rinsing to close them and add shine to the hair.
3. Dab : after rinsing your hair, dab it about 70-80% with a microfiber towel, which is softer and absorbent than others. Do not rub your hair vigorously, but use gentle movements.
4. Detangling and heat-protecting products : we recommend combing your hair only after drying it, especially if it is very fine and tends to break easily. It is best to use a boar bristle brush. During this time, you can apply products to facilitate detangling and protect them with a heat protectant product, which will reduce the effect of the heat from the hairdryer.
5. Setting the hair dryer : the temperature of the hair dryer should never be set to the maximum, but to the minimum, or at least to the lowest level necessary. Excessive heat may damage hair.
6. Distance and movement : Keep the hair dryer at least 20 centimeters away from the hair while drying to avoid heat damage. Also, don’t keep the airflow in one place for too long, but move the hair dryer directing it to different areas of your hair. If your hair is curly, use a diffuser to distribute heat evenly and reduce frizz.
7. Duration : Do not dry your hair longer than necessary. Besides being economically inefficient in terms of wasted electricity, it puts your hair under unnecessary stress.
And you, how do you take care of your hair?