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Stronger, Healthier Hair... Naturally

We all have busy lives and it’s so tempting to reach for the hairdryer every time. However, blow drying, whilst fast, can damage your hair permanently.

Why you should dry your hair naturally

Hair is delicate, and is even more so after a wash so it needs to be handled gently. If you want to have stronger, healthier hair (and let’s face it, who doesn’t) then these precautions will help.

Don’t brush your hair when damp

If your hair is very tangled and you cannot untangle it with your fingers, then you can use a comb on damp hair. Don’t use a brush on your hair until it is almost completely dry in order to avoid damaging it and unless it is totally dry, brush it very gently. .

Don’t tie up your damp hair

Hair is at its most elastic when it’s damp and is very prone to breakages as a result. Tying up your hair can result in exceptionally dry ends. Ponytails are particularly damaging as the band can break the hair and even worse, the scalp won’t dry as it cannot get any air and this could lead to scalp irritation.

Don’t use Straighteners or Curling Tongs on wet hair

Although it’s hugely tempting to style damp hair, using heat on damp hair will damage it.

Don’t Blow Dry On High Heat

Blow drying your damp hair is a time saver but if you are running late and it’s necessary to get your hair dry quickly, don’t use the highest heat setting. Taking a little longer and using the lowest heat setting will reduce damage to your hair.

Don’t Apply A Hair Mask to wet hair

Hair masks work best on completely dry hair so you won’t get the benefit if you use them on wet hair.

If you do need to apply the mask to damp hair, ensure you towel dry it very thoroughly so that it isn’t super-damp. The drier it is, the easier it is for the mask to penetrate the hair shaft and the greater the benefit.

Wet Hair at Bedtime

Since your hair is so much weaker when it is damp, sleeping with wet hair will massively increase the chance of hair breakage and damage. This is particularly the case if you tie up your hair before you go to sleep.

If you can’t avoid going to bed with wet hair then sleep with it loose to minimise the damage.

Ideally, wait 1.5 hours after washing your hair so that it is mostly, or even completely, dry.

The more often you allow your hair to dry naturally, the less chance of damage.

Do Use a Conditioner

Using a conditioner on the ends of the hair will help to smooth down the hair and make it less likely to tangle as well as protecting it if you do need to give it a bit of a blast with the dryer on a low heat.

If you want to add a bit of extra nourishment to your hair, you can also follow up your conditioner with some coconut oil, again, applying this just to the ends of the hair. However, this oil treatment is unsuitable for those who suffer from seborrheic eczema as it may make the condition worse.