9 Steps to a Healthier BlowoutMay 31, 2016 6:47 pm
We all know heat is bad for our hair. But would any one of us sacrifice the volume, body and shine that only a perfect blowout can achieve?
No. The answer is no.
There is, however, a right way and wrong way (read: much more damaging) to dry your hair. For most girls, the standard beauty routine looks something like this:
You hop out of the steaming shower and quickly rough towel dry your hair, rubbing your scalp vigorously.
You grab your dryer, set the heat and pressure to the highest levels, and blast your strands until they are totally dry.
Then you work a serum through the ends to add some shine and restore moisture.
This is a one-way trip to fried hair.
1. Your protective measures should begin in the shower. Hot water can strip hair of natural oils and irritate your sensitive scalp. Instead, wash hair with mildly warm water.
2. When you’re ready to start drying, never begin styling soaking hair. This can actually boil the water and severely dry your strands, causing frizz and breakage.
Yes, this means you need to dry your hair before you dry your hair.
3. Squeeze excess moisture out of your hair before you get out of the shower by gently ringing it out with your hands, then let it air dry until it’s no longer dripping.
4. Use a towel to softly squeeze the rest of the residual moisture out – NEVER rub, as this is too aggressive for fragile wet strands. Your hair should feel just damp when you break out your dryer.
5. Choose a dryer that has a higher wattage to speed up the process, like the Xtava Allure, and reduce the amount of time your hair is exposed to heat.
6. More heat and air pressure variations are a plus, too. That way you can adjust settings based on your hair type (lower heat for thinner hair, and never use high heat and high speed at the same time, no matter how thick your hair is).
7. Prep your hair with a heat protectant spray. While this will not restore moisture to your hair, it will put a layer of protection between your strands and the heat, buffering a bit of the damage.
8. Once your hair is 80% dry, switch to the coolest air setting. This will prevent over-drying hair, which usually leads to frizz and breakage.
9. Finish off by treating your ends to a light natural oil to temporarily seal split ends and extend your style.