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Drying Methods

Posted by Adria Marshall on

Time to dry your hair! It seems so simple, right? Wrong! It turns out that, depending on your goals, there are several methods when it comes to taking textured hair from wet to dry. In July's blog post, we'll discuss some of the most popular ones and the pros and cons of each. Leggo!

Air drying

Air drying still remains my favorite method of drying my hair. After you finish applying your products, you simply let nature take its course. I find it best to air dry after washing in the morning so that you have the rest of the day for your hair to get completely dry.

Pros:

1. It's simple.

2. It gives the most frizz-free results.

3. It gives the hardest cast, allowing you to get the most longevity.

Cons:

1. It takes forever.

2. It takes forever.

3. You'll get less volume on Day 1.

4. It takes forever.

Air drying over night

To combat the foreverness of typical air drying, you can choose to dry your hair overnight. When preparing for your Zzzzs, spread your hair out over your satin pillowcase and prepare to wake up with fully dried tresses.

Pros:

1. Your'e oblivious to the long air drying time.

2. You still get the benefit of avoiding heat.

Cons:

1. Since the hair strands are weakest while wet, your overnight tossing and turning can be quite damaging, especially over time.

2. Prepare to wake up with flat spots, depending on how you sleep. These areas can usually be fluffed and coaxed so that you can still achieve desirable results, however.

 

Blow drying

 

Blow drying the hair simply involves using a hair dryer to speed up the drying process. Most hair dryers have various settings and speeds so that you can customize your drying procedure. If you opt to blow dry, I strongly suggest picking up a good heat protectant as it can be damaging over time, if you're not using the cool setting.

Pro Tip:

 - Be sure to use the "cool shot" after you dry each section to seal the hair for less frizz and damage.

 

Pros:

1. Quick.

2. You can achieve more volume on day 1. 

 

Cons:

1. Can be damaging over time, depending on the heat setting.

2. Can create more frizz as the hair blows around more.

 

Diffusing

Diffusing the hair is a nice middle ground between air drying and blow drying. This process involves using your blow dryer with the diffuser attachment. There are several universal diffuser attachments that you can purchase if your dryer doesn't come with one of its own. Some of the most popular diffusers:

1. Dyson Supersonic

2. Revlon 1875W Infrared Styler

3. Devadryer and Devafuser

Diffusing tips:

1. The "cool shot" is still your friend.

2. Consider diffusing upside down to create even more volume.

3. Tilt the hair into the diffuser cup to speed up the process.

4. Again, the concentration nozzle attachment can be used to stretch the roots to combat shrinkage if necessary.

Pros:

1. Less frizz than blow drying.

2. Quicker than air drying.

3. Allows more volume to be achieved.

 

Cons:

1. More damaging than air drying over time since the hair will be exposed to more heat and is more disturbed during the drying process.

2. Causes more frizz than air drying,

 

Modified Diffusing Techniques:

Hover Diffusing

The general idea with hover diffusing is to hover your diffuser around your hair, without touching it. and are at less risk of frizz.

Pixie Diffusing

Pixie Diffusing involves placing the hair into the diffuser cup one section at a time with the diffuser turned off until it's go time. This method cuts down frizz.

 

Microfiber Towel

A Microfiber Towel is a great alternative to the typical cotton towels in our linen closets. These towels wick water much quicker and are more gentle on your delicate tresses. There, of course, are several techniques that can be applied when it comes to these towels - here are a couple:

1. Plopping: This involves flipping your hair upside down (usually after product has already been added) and allowing the microfiber towel to work its magic. Some microfiber towels come in a turban form, making plopping even easier.

2. Squeezing: Working in sections with the towel in your hand, squeeze out the excess water.

 

Mix and Match

You don't have to just choose one of the methods mentioned above. Feel free to experiment with air drying for a few hours and following up with Hover Diffusing. Or try using a microfiber tower in the beginning, Air drying during the day and finishing up by Pixie Diffusing! Part of the beauty of having textured hair is that each different technique (or combination) yields different results, so try them out, take note of your results and have fun!

Happy Drying!

Adria

 

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