Split ends, frizzy hair, limp fine locks – all problems we’d rather not have. Our mothers, and hairdressers for that matter, have told us that too much styling dries out our hair. But how much is too much and which hair dryers are the worst for your hair? Let’s take a look…
Firstly, it is important to recognise that there are many different reasons for dry and brittle hair. Some hair dries out more than others. Dry hair can be a result of hormone changes, for example, menopause, pregnancy, or birth control pills. Diet can also play a big role, especially if you’ve been restricting your calories or crash-dieting, you may want to look at the nutrients needed for hair health. You could also be using the incorrect shampoo or your hair may be more prone to the weather. Also, if you brush your hair when it is wet, this is when it is most susceptible to breakage, and so damage can arise.
Of course, excessive heat styling and blow-drying can be a problem too. If you use heat tools on your hair each and every day, it is likely that you are drying your hair out. You can combat this though by taking precautions and choosing your styling products with care. Make sure you use heat protection mousse before you blow-dry your hair and before you style it. Replenishing the moisture your hair loses is critical. You should also let your hair dry naturally for a bit before you blow-dry it, if possible.
You also need to be aware of the tools that do the biggest damage to your hair. Any type of heat tool will cause damage if you are holding it onto the same section for too long – ladies who use straighteners, take note! Wet to dry hair irons also need to be used with caution. As mentioned, when your hair is wet, it is at its weakest, which is why applying direct heat to wet hair can result in lots of frizz and even more steam. And finally, we have crimpers, which have gone out of fashion – thank goodness! Clamping your hair in between heated metal plates and leaving it for a few minutes is never a smart move!
Our advice then, is in the words of my lovely mum: ‘everything in moderation’. If you’re blow-drying and heat-styling your hair every day or twice a day, sure it might take its toll. But eat a good diet, don’t brush your hair when it’s wet, use good quality hair products, and chances are you’ll look gorgeous and she can’t say ‘I told you so’.