Why you Should Skip the Blow-Dry Once in a While

Why you Should Skip the Blow-Dry Once in a While

For a long time I was guilty of using my hair dryer every single day. I would get up early, wash my hair and dry it on a high heat before running out of the door to work. Sound familiar?  So many of us blow-dry our hair everyday, it’s quick, convenient and let’s face it, we’re never going to achieve that salon look with using a hairdryer.

Even though I’m a hairdresser and I advise people on hair care regularly, I don’t always take my own pearls of wisdom on board. I know when I’ve over done it with the hairdryer and have had to use repair masks on so many occasions, as I’ve damaged my locks with too much heat. If like me you’re a fan of a the hairdryer, here are three reasons why you should step back and skip the blow-dry once in a while;


Too much heat can dry hair out –

Not only do we use hairdryers on a regular basis, but this is often followed by straighteners or curling wands too. That’s double the heat on hair that can only take so much. All this will do is dry your hair out, leaving it looking frazzled and feeling brittle. If you know you’re going to be using styling irons, it’s a good idea to leave enough time for your hair to dry naturally. That way you aren’t applying too much heat all in one go.

Frazzled hair can split more –

Once your hair starts to become dry and brittle, it’s at risk of splitting more than it should. One your hair has split, the only way to repair it is to cut it and wait for healthy hair to grow in its place. So unless you want to have to keep chopping your locks, taking a break from the extra heat can help keep those split ends at bay!

Too much heat can cause long-lasting damage to the hair cuticle –

Applying too much heat to your hair, or drying up the hair shaft instead of down can cause damage to the cuticle. Once you’ve cause this damage it’s often irreparable. This is one of the main reasons why you should skip the blow-dry once in a while, you don’t want to cause long-lasting damage to hair that you spend so much time looking after. If you can’t always avoid using the hairdryer, make sure that you angle the dryer down, moving from root to tip. This will help keep the cuticle safe from damage, as well as keeping your hair looking shiny and healthy.



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25 Replies to “Why you Should Skip the Blow-Dry Once in a While”

  1. I try not to wash mine everyday and when I can I let it dry naturally. I don’t frequently use a lot of styling products on my hair but my daughter has started wanting me to on hers. So we wash of an evening, let it dry then use a curling wand the next day. I do have heat protection products for my hair but she doesn’t like them in hers #blogstravaganza

  2. My hair is really long and without a lot of tlc my hair is also a huge mound of frizz so even as much as I love to let it dry naturally I normally have to get the hair dryer on it.

  3. I’ve been so unwell of late I have skipped the whole make up, blowdrying, hair straightening etc for quite a few months… I think in some ways its a blessing in disguise. #Blogstravaganza

  4. I noticed a huge change in my hair for the worst a few years ago and only blow dry it a handful of times a year. It has made a huge difference in dryness, split ends, and overall damage. It may not look picture perfect every day, but it’s regained it’s life!

  5. I wash mine every other day, it used to be everyday but noticed it was drying out quite a bit. If I have time then I let it dry naturally. At the moment I’m still trying to deal with hair regrowth after postpartum hairloss! #blogstravagranza

  6. I leave my hair to dry naturally if I can cope with the bounce and curls! I do make sure I angle the hairdryer down when/ if I use it though. I really notice a difference if I do that. I use it with cool air too 🙂 #Blogstravaganza

  7. I try to dry my hair naturally by the sun. Obviously there’s not much in the winter so that’s the only time I’ll use a hair dryer. #Blogstravaganza

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