To blow-dry, or not to blow-dry? Frankly these are the big old question marks when it comes to healthy hair drying.
But what if we were to tell you that air-drying – that is, drying your hair at room temperature – could be more damaging than heat?
How? Well, it comes down to your hair’s response to being wet. When hair comes in contact with water, it swells and becomes weak. This, in turn, puts pressure on the delicate proteins keeping hair intact. It changes the molecular structure of the strand straight away. Because when water is applied to hair, it is absorbed through the hard outer layer of the cuticle into the cortex, which then swells up. This means it’s instantly weakened. The cuticle acts a bit like roof tiles, with water going in between the gaps.
Leaving hair to dry naturally can be more damaging than intense heat, as hair can absorb up to 30 percent of its own weight in water. Which means the longer it stays wet, the more the cortex swells and cracks, permanently damaging hair. This is because repeated swelling followed by slow drying of hair causes something called the cell membrane complex (essentially the glue holding the cuticle together) to crack, permanently damaging the hair.
Air-drying is the fact that you let moisture aka water remain in your hair or more specifically on your scalp for hours together. This might mess up with your scalp health causing bacterial overgrowth due to excess moisture.
Since hair is weakest when wet, you may lose your hair cut's original shape and body over time. Blow drying your hair after towel drying it can help prevent some of this damage.
You’d be better off drying your locks quickly with heat, rather than letting it dry naturally!!
Incase you’re in a fix of how to do it and which is the safest tool you can pick to not resort to any damage, we’ve got you covered!
The Blow Brush by Alan Truman is a combination of a blow dryer and a blow-drying brush. You don't need to hassle your hands, wrists and elbows with undue pressure and stress of holding a dryer and a brush separately. Use it with one of your hands while you get along with other things in life. The Blow Brush is a highly versatile blowdrying, blow-styling and blast-drying tool. It has a 1100 Watts hair dryer motor of the DC type. What this means is that it is light weight (vs an AC motor) and the life is sufficiently longer as compared to an AC motor. The Blow brush is instilled with Ionic technology. This helps reduce any probable heat related damage. It also ensures that when you use the brush at a high heat setting it doesn’t cause heat related damage or heat related frizz which is extremely annoying. All the heat and the air flow generated by the drying and heating mechanism is straight away transferred to your hair due to it’s unique vent system and doesn’t get blocked causing potential danger of burns and scalds.
If you’re looking for convenience and speed and do not have the time to waste on something as mundane as drying hair, then the Alan Truman Blow Brush is the best pick to achieve salon like blowout at home without any heat related damage.
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