Dry hair after blow-drying is a very common issue people face. If you’re experiencing the same problems, I’ve done some research and here’s what you need to do.
Dry hair after blow-drying is a common problem for those who use heat-styling tools often. Heat can be very damaging to hair, so the best way to combat this is to use a heat protectant on your hair prior to drying and keep your blow dryer at a low heat setting. If the temperature is too hot for the palm of your hand then it’s too hot for your hair.
Keep reading to find out how you can fix your dry, damaged hair as well as steps you can take to prevent this from happening in the future!
How To Fix Dry Hair After Blow-Drying
If you’ve made a boo-boo when drying your hair and it’s now a dry, frizzy mess, then don’t despair!
The best way to fix dry hair after blow-drying is to apply warm coconut or olive oil to your hair. Apply one or two drops of oil to the palm of your hand and rub your hands together before combing your fingers through hair, paying close attention to the ends of your hair.
Keep reading below for some expert tips on how you can revive your dry, damaged locks:
01. Apply a Leave-In Conditioner To The Ends
When your hair is feeling dry, brittle, and damaged, the best thing to do is to use a good leave-in conditioner. I recommend Shea Moisture Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner for the best results!
To get the most out of the conditioner, I recommend that you sleep with it on overnight and rinse it out when you wake up. This gives it the chance to really seep into your hair and do its job.
02. Apply Natural Oils
Natural oils such as argon oil and coconut oil are really good for dry, damaged hair and they won’t break the bank!
I recommend Cliganic Organic Argan Oil, 100% Pure, as it works like a bomb and is very reasonable in terms of pricing. You also only need a few drops to the roots to nourish your hair and replenish moisture!
Coconut oil is also another natural oil that works wonders for your hair! I recommend SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Leave-In Treatment. You can actually leave this in your hair overnight too, and should do the job of repairing any damage from your heat styling tools.
03. Apply a Hair Mask
I recommend avocado, honey, and olive oil mask for hair that is severely heat-damaged and dry. The fats and oils found in avocado and olive oil are amazing for your hair, as the ingredients work to repair dry, brittle hair and protect it from further damage.
Additionally, the raw honey contain enzymes that give your hair extra shine!
Simply mix them together in a bowl and leave in your hair for about an hour, with a plastic wrap over.
04. Give Your Hair a Break.
Another simple yet effective way to remedy dryness, is to simply give your hair a break from shampooing for a few days so that the natural oils have a chance to work their magic.
Wait about 3-4 days before shampooing, and when do you shampoo again, only place it on the roots and avoid the ends of your hair, as this can dry them out.
Hair still feeling dry after you wash it? Check out our article here for some quick fixes to this problem!
How To Prevent Dry Hair After Blow-Drying
Prevention is always better than cure, and in most cases, taking steps prior to blow-drying will result in a much better finish!
The best way to prevent dry hair after blow-drying is to prep your hair beforehand. This means washing your hair with a moisturizing shampoo and applying a deep-conditioner to your hair’s ends to trap moisture into your hair. Then, spray a heat protectant on your hair to make sure that the heat from the dryer does not strip your hair of moisture.
Read below for some expert advice on how to dry your hair like a pro:
01. Invest In a Better Blow-Dryer
Using a cheap hair-dryer is one of the biggest reasons your hair is looking dry and frizzy, especially if you have thicker, longer hair. The reason behind this is that cheap hairdryers tend to only have one or two settings, either freezing cold or boiling hot! That just won’t do.
A more sophisticated hairdryer will come with hair-saving features such as higher power, a variety of heat settings, and ionic air technology. Ionic air-technology once helps with frizz, improves shine and decreases overall blow-dry time. It does this by breaking down the water molecules down quicker, meaning your hair will dry faster and spend less time exposed to heat.
The less time your hair spends under the dryer, the healthier and less-dry it will be! It’s simple science, really.
02. Use a Heat-Protector Spray
This one is so important! Using the right product before you blow-dry your hair will save your ends from split ends and breakage, and will also leave your finished result looking much sleeker.
Many people make the mistake of only applying the spray to the top of their heads. I advise parting your hair and creating sections before drying, and apply the spray from the middle of your hair shaft to your ends. Use a comb to comb the product through, or you can use your fingers.
03. Don’t Brush Too Soon
This is one bad little habit that I myself have been guilty of! Brushing your hair when it is still soaking wet is the number one way to get split ends, tangles, and frizz. Blow-drying it at the same time is just a recipe for disaster.
The best way to dry your hair is to use a dryer to rough dry your hair on medium heat at a low speed. Once the hair is about 80 percent dry from the rough dry, you can begin to section your hair and style it with a round brush while blow-drying in a cooler setting.
The reason behind this is if your hair is very wet and you blow dry it on high speed and heat, your hair will be whipped around a lot, creating frizz and tangling.
04. Don’t Ignore The Concentrator Nozzle
If you’re a little confused, don’t worry! The concentrator nozzle is that flat, nozzle-looking object that attaches to the end of your hair-dryer. Its purpose is to concentrate the airflow in a more direct way and therefore protect the hair from excess heat.
Without the nozzle, the hot air will disperse and this will cause frizz. It also provides distance between the hair and the dryer, thus shielding your hair from the heat.
Look for a nozzle that is thinner, meaning the airflow will be more direct, which means you will get drier hair quicker with less frizz
05. Don’t Leave Your Hair In a Towel Too Long
Again, this is another mistake I frequently make! Many women leave their hair in a towel for too long, and the cotton on a towel causes friction on your hair, meaning it can damage the strands to the point where the hair actually breaks!
Rather invest in a microfiber towel, or even an old, clean shirt. Only leave your hair in the towel for about 10 minutes, and then leave it to air-dry. Your hair is in its most vulnerable state when it is damp, so air-drying is always a good way to go!
06. Invest In a Better Brush
People really do underestimate the importance of having a proper brush! When choosing a brush, you should be looking for a ceramic brush, as they are great for creating smoothness and straightness.
Additionally, a good detangling brush is vital to prevent split ends and breakage, as they are gentler on your hair strands. The best part about these brushes is that you can use them on your even when its wet, as they are designed to be gentle and not pull at your hair when it’s most fragile.
07. Don’t Dry From The Back
Many women start drying their hair from the back and move their way to the front. The problem with this is that by the time you reach the top and your hairline, the hair has already dried a little, and this creates a dry, frizzy apperance.
Rather start drying from the front to the back, and you will notice your hair will appear much less frizzy and dry!
As you can see, there are far more ways to prevent damage and dryness than to fix it, and these methods will not only combat dryness but will leave your hair looking and feeling as if you have just left the salon!