By Tamsin Brown • 13 May 2022 • 8:18
Protect your hair from heat damage while using a hairdryer
Excessive heat styling with a hairdryer or straightener can be extremely damaging to our hair if we do not take specific measures to protect it.
Using a hairdryer on a regular basis can damage the hair fibres, leaving them dry, rough and dull. Experts recommend letting your hair air dry to avoid heat damage, but the weather may be cold or you may need to style your hair with a hairdryer to get it just how you want it.
Guidelines for reducing heat damage when using a hairdryer
Firstly, avoid trying to dry hair that is soaking wet. Remove excess water with a towel and only turn the hairdryer on when your hair is slightly damp.
Your hair needs heat protection to prevent damage and stop it from drying out, as it can be subjected to temperatures of over 200 degrees.
When styling your hair with a hairdryer, always use the nozzle, which allows you to control the direction of the hot air and reduces the exposure of the hair to harmful heat. If you are using a brush, use a round one with short bristles.
Avoid holding the hairdryer too close. Move it a little further away so that the heat does not impact your hair so directly. If possible (i.e. you are not using a brush to blow-dry your hair straight), keep a distance of around 25 centimetres.
If you divide your hair into several sections rather than trying to dry it all at the same time, it will dry faster and will not be exposed to the heat for so long.
Finally, check the condition of your hairdryer. Newer models are made with materials and have settings that are less harmful.
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Originally from London, Tamsin is based in Malaga and is a local reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering Spanish and international news.
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