If you know anyone who is planning to grow a lengthier set of natural hair, unnecessary usage of heat is one of the common things you should advice them to avoid. Techniques such as blow drying, even on a low setting, can cause some form of damage to your hair if it is not done correctly. These mistakes can lower the hair’s internal moisture levels without allowing it to rebalance with the humidity in the air.
Some naturals, on the other hand, feel low-heat blow drying can help manage their hair better by reducing chances of their hair tangling as well as making it easier for them to part hair for styling purposes. While this may seem like a double standard, here are the important things to know if you want to avoid heat damage from blow drying.
“Listen” to the hair
There are some individuals who know that their hair simply does not agree with any level of heat, there are others who can deal with a little heat and there are others who are fine with any type of heat. The main point to note here is that your hair is actually predictable.
If you attempt to low-heat blow dry but end up with serious splitting and dry hair, do consider a different approach. Your hair just may not accept the heat, so change your techniques or the product you are using. If your hair is perpetually dry and breakage is a common result from blow drying, you will know that this is not ideal for you and will make things worse down the line.
Knowing when blow dry with low heat and frequency helps
If your hair tends to tangle and shrink and heatless techniques of stretching your hair is simply too time-consuming and does not fully dry your hair, then opting for a low heat blow dry will be most ideal. If this is done once every two to three weeks and the heat use is low enough, you should be able to contain the heat damage. However, this goes hand in hand with point number one.
Blow drying long hair
The main goal here is to achieve smooth and silky strands from roots to ends as well as body and volume around the hairline. You will need to prep your hair first and you can do so by rubbing a few drops of a serum that has smoothening benefits between your palms and run it down your hair that should still be wet. Try to use a comb to distribute that product evenly.
Next, pre-dry your hair on a high-speed and medium-heat setting and massage your hair at the roots. Now it’s time to part your hair and secure the top layers with clips. When you attach the nozzle to your dryer, don’t forget to turn up the heat (if possible) and reduce the speed of the air. This allows you to easily manipulate the shape of your hair. It’s a good practice to start with the back section and move slowly towards the front.
Remember to dry from roots to ends and you can move a brush and the dryer together down the hair shafts whilst keeping the airflow angled down. This will allow the cuticles to stay flat and make your hair look shinier and smoother.
If you have plans to become a successful hairdresser, knowing how to blow dry is an essential skill to acquire. To get started, you should consider enrolling yourself in a renowned hairdresser school in Toronto. From there, you will be able to learn all you need to know to create great hairstyles for your future clients!