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Why you should stop blow-drying and frequent ironing your hair?

August 20, 2019 BY BHT comments

A hairdryer is needed in almost every woman’s routine. They’re convenient, and the best way to speed up the drying process for a glossy look. But as impressive as blow-dryers are, they can do some serious damage to your hair, leading to dryness, frizziness, and even split ends. Heat is one of the most well-known reasons why you might be losing your hair. Styling tools, such as hairdryer, curling wand and straighteners, can make your hair dry and brittle, prone to breakage and consequently more likely to fall out.

Is Blow Drying Good For Hair?

It’s easy to conclude that hair dryers cause hair loss because of high temperatures, but it’s not that straight and simple. It’s the scalp that happens to take most of the damage.

Most people aren’t acquainted with it, but blow-dryers can reach temperatures of up to 500 degrees.

This level of heat can easily dry your scalp and remove the natural oils from strands and scalp. This makes it much easier for your hair to break. What’s even worse is that this excessive heat can ignite your scalp and weaken your hair roots, leading to severe hair loss.

So, does use a hairdryer cause hair fall? No, but it does accelerate hair loss very quickly.

However, the relief is you can stop this from happening with these simple tips.

How to Prevent Blow-Dryers from Damaging Your Hair that causes hair fall

In spite of the fact that blow-dryers can damage your hair and scalp, there are a few easy steps you can take right now to prevent (or lessen) the effects of blow-drying hair damage:

1. Use a Cooler Setting or very low temperature:

We already explained how extreme heat can lead to damage and hair fall. By far the easiest way to control the amount of heat that comes into contact with your hair is simply to use a cooler setting on your dryer. You can still get the job done with your blow-dryer set to low.

2. Stop Pointing the Blow-Dryer Directly at Your Roots

This is a very common mistake by not protecting your roots and your scalp. Always point your blow-dryer towards the tips of your hair to protect the moisture your scalp. Your scalp’s natural oils will help your hair stay hydrated throughout the day.

3. Don’t Blow Dry One Spot for Too Long

This is one of the quickest and silliest ways to completely remove the moisture from your hair and scalp. Pointing the hairdryer at one spot for a long time will gather too much heat for your hair to handle. This can lead to the burning of the scalp and it can even leave permanent damage. Keep moving your hairdryer around without concentrating in any one spot for too long.

4. Try to Blow-Dry Less Often

If you can, try to use your blow-dryer less often. There’s no way to completely arrest damage from heat-styling tools, so whenever you can give them a break, do so.

Now let’s talk about ironing/straightening your hair frequently.

Let’s accept it – every single woman who doesn’t have naturally straight hair fantasizes about having poker straight hair that flows unrestricted in the wind. 

Let it be as it may, hair straightening – whether done at home with a straightening iron or through a chemical process at a salon – comes with a bundle of side effects that can be disastrous for your hair. Well, here’s what you need to know.

The side effects of chemical hair straightening and the straightening you do at home are many, ranging from something as minor as dullness to something as major as hair loss.

  • The very first side effect is dryness – Have you ever noticed smoke rising out of your hair when you’re straightening it? Well, it pains to tell you that that’s not smoke but steam. Basically, a straightening iron works by soaking all the moisture out of your hair to straighten it and secure the style in place. And the only way that the moisture from your hair can abscond is by evaporating and turning into steam. This is why your hair goes back to its natural state after you wash it because moisture is reinstall into it. However, using heat styling tools and chemical treatments regularly over a long period can steal your hair of its natural oils and make it extremely dry and brittle and eventually fall out.
  • Dryness leads to breakage – Now that you know that temporary and permanent hair straightening/ hair ironing can lead to excessive dryness, it’s safe to say that they weaken the structure of your hair strands. Thus, the strands of your hair become more susceptible to breaking right from the middle.
  • Applying heat on an everyday basis damages not only your hair but also the hair follicles. The chemicals used in permanent hair straightening also release untold damage on your roots. And what happens when you have weak roots? Your hair starts falling out, of course!
  • Permanent hair loss – If you think that you can simply straighten your hair for years and restore its health by simply putting away your straightening iron one fine day, you’re seriously mistaken. Frequently using chemicals and heat styling tools can kill your hair follicles and cause permanent hair loss.
  • Slower hair growth – Straightening/Ironing your hair frequently without using a proper heat protectant can damage your hair cuticles permanently, leading to slower hair growth.

How to Prevent the Side Effects of Hair Straightening

  • Always, apply a heat resistant to your hair prior straightening it to prevent it from getting completely fried by your straightener.
  • Try to limit straightening/ironing your hair to just once a week. And avoid doing it daily, at all costs.
  • Use your straightening iron on a low temperature.
  • Never straighten your hair when it’s wet as that is when it is at its weakest and prone to breakage.
  • Regular oil your hair and use a conditioner every time you wash it to restore the moisture into it. You could also deep condition your hair or hot oil massage every week to provide some intense hydration to it.
  • Apply homemade natural hair masks made of yogurt, coconut milk, honey, and olive oil every week to moisturize your hair naturally.

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August 20, 2019 BHT comments