There are so many contradictory beauty tips out there or concepts that have changed over time, such as when did highlighter become 'a thing'? Is white eyeliner still in fashion? You shouldn't linger in a steamy shower since it can dry out your skin's lipid layer. You need to exfoliate your skin before applying foundation and maybe that excess bronzer and outfit-matching eye shadow isn't a great idea.
But now, several studies have discovered that contrary to popular misconceptions, drying your hair with a hairdryer isn't as damaging as one would expect. Even so, now and then you may want to take a break from the hairdryer and air dry your hair the safe way. Here are the benefits of air drying your hair--and how to do it safely.
1. Retain moisture
Hair can often become dehydrated in cold weather, but air-drying, as opposed to heat styling, can help your hair retain moisture better. Air-drying depletes your hair of moisture over a longer period whereas blow-drying depletes your hair of moisture quickly. You lose more moisture with a quick blow-dry. If you plan to blow dry your hair, it's best to use a protective product such as Superfood Recovery Shampoo to lock in moisture and repair your hair and start on a lower temperature setting. Once dry, useSupergloss Hair Serum to protect your hair for longer and cut drying time in half (which will naturally protect your hair) and get rid of frizz once and for all! (well at least until your next shampoo). Find more about this in our special frizz buster tips article (read up on frizz here).
2. Prevent breakage
When you blow-dry your hair, you apply concentrated heat and often a comb or brush to the hair, forcing air into one area of the hair. Your hair is susceptible to breaks as you force air onto the shaft. Air drying is the opposite of this process. But wet hair is still vulnerable. Rubbing your hair aggressively with a towel can lead to breakage as well as brushing your hair when it's wet (and not protected with a product).
To dry wet hair safely and naturally, squeeze out any excess water. We recommend using ourSelf Care Hair Towel, which is created from fast-absorbing microfiber, wicking away moisture and preventing frizz and breakage. Simply wrap your hair in the towel and let it work its magic.
3. Protect from heat
If you don't have the right hair products to protect your hair from damaging heat--such as when you're travelling and you forgot yourhandy travel products--it's beneficial to air dry your hair. But you don't want water weighing down your cuticles for longer than necessary. Apply someSupergloss Hair Serum to cut drying time in half. Read all about thebenefits of Abyssinian Oil here (it really is a super-star product). It'll protect your hair from harmful buildup, prevent harmful bacteria, and create lustrous shine.
For the healthiest hair, let your hair dry naturally for seventy to eighty per cent of the way and then start with your dryer on the coolest setting, six inches from your hair. That way your hair isn't exposed to swelling water for longer than it needs to be, which can put pressure on the delicate proteins that keep hair intact.
4. Save time
Let's face it: sometimes you simply do not have time to blow-dry and style your hair. In that case, sometimes you've gotta shower and go.Our Self Care Hair Towel and ourSupergloss Hair Serum will help your hair dry faster and create healthy locks for those days you're too pressed for time to style it. Be sure to
Again, read aboutthe amazing properties of Abyssinian oil here to ensure that your hair is always protected from the elements.
Happy air drying!
The takeaways are that air drying is healthy for your hair as long as the drying time isn't excessive. Make sure to protect your hair from excess styling by incorporating air drying into your hair care routine. Be sure to protect your hair from heat, bacteria, and breakage with abyssian products.