The Pros and Cons of Blow-drying and Air-drying Hair
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that hair dryers use air and heat to dry wet hair.
Do you know the primary component of hair? It’s protein, just like an egg. Protein is very fragile to heat, that is, using excessive heat will result in moisture loss, dryness, and split-ends. This is why hair will begin to feel very hard and stiff after frequent blow-drying. Unfortunately, hardened, damaged hair will not be able to return to its original condition. I believe this is why many prefer to air-dry their hair because of the damage that blow-drying causes.
Yes, there are benefits to drying hair naturally, such as less damage, longer-lasting colors and perms, and saving time and energy. However, there are far greater negative consequences to air-drying hair.
1. Bacteria live on the scalp and hair, and they multiply in the wet conditions. So, if your hair stays wet for an extended period, then these living bacteria will begin to cause an unpleasant odor. EWW!
2. There are cuticles that coat and protect the surface of the hair. In a wet state, these cuticles begin to peel off, which causes split ends. Also, when you lose these cuticles, the inner layers become exposed and emerge from inside the hair shaft. OH, MY!
3. When hair stays wet and cold, it leads to poor blood circulation and increases the chance of thinning hair. NOOO!
So, blow-drying slows down the spread of bacteria, keeping hair protected and coated with cuticles. The key is not to leave the hair wet for an extended period and reduce blow-drying time to reduce scalp and hair damage. The best way is to quickly towel-dry immediately after taking a shower to dry the moisture from the hair and scalp, thereby reducing the need for extended blow-drying.
I hope this helps everyone to understand the pros and cons of both methods. Yes, some hair types and styles require you to dry your hair naturally, but remember, the two key points are to towel-dry and use product to keep your hair healthy.
Think beautiful, Stay beautiful.