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Common mistakes you’re probably making when blow-drying your hair

Kelly Avatar By: Kelly | Last updated February 14, 2019

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No matter how hard you try, it seems like you can never make your hair look as good as it does when you just got out of the hair salon. One of the most important steps in getting a good looking hair style is knowing how to blow-dry your hair.

Here are the most common mistakes you’re probably making too, when drying your hair:

You keep your hair wrapped in a towel for too long, before blow-drying it. If you tend to leave your hair wrapped in a towel after you wash it, especially in a cotton towel, the more you leave it wrapped, the more prone to damaging it will become. Cotton increases friction and is even more harmful. Try to air dry your hair before blow dry it, rather than keeping it wrapped in a towel, and if you do use one, go for microfiber towels instead of cotton-based ones. And even so, don’t leave it for more than 10 minutes. On the other hand, starting to blow dry your hair immediately, while your hair is still fully wet, is not recommended either. The best thing is to let it air dry it (around 60%) and then use your hair dryer.

You start using the brush too early. Don’t put your brush to work too soon. Blow dry your hair first until it is 80% dry and only then you can start the styling process and you can use a round brush. Also, try to avoid metal brushes, because they can snag your hair. The best hair brushes are boar-bristle ones.

You are using the highest air setting on your hair dryer. We all tend to use the hottest setting on our blow dryer, thinking this way we’ll get the job done faster. Too much heat can fry your ends and also makes you sweat, which results in a frizzy look. You should use the lowest heat setting on your blow dryer.

You’re not using your concentrator. Most dryers come with an included concentrator nozzle which is actually more useful than you might think, although most of us don’t even use it once. What it does is it concentrates the air to prevent it disperse all over your hair causing frizz. It also protects your hair from the hot temperature, maintaining a distance from the lip of the dryer and your hair. Diffusers are also useful attachments because they help you add more body to your hair.

You are not using a high-quality dryer. Using a cheap, budget hair dryer will definitely take a toll on your hair style. A low-quality blow dryer will damage the health of your hair and lead to a bad hair style, too. It will also increase the time you have to spend blow drying your hair. In addition to investing in a decent hair dryer, you should also choose a dryer that is recommended for your type of hair.

You are not sectioning your hair when you’re drying it, or you are sectioning it but you are not doing it properly. Even after you rough-dry your hair, you shouldn’t continue blow-drying all your hair simultaneously. It is very important to divide it in sections, to avoid damage. Start from the nape of the neck and go upward.