A blow-dryer can be your best friend or your worst enemy if you do not know what you are doing.
As a matter of fact it probably has more of a tendency to be an enemy than a bestie because using high heat, destroys the strand and zaps the hair of moisture almost instantaneously.
We have mentioned before that the usual causes of permanently broken bonds in hair is due to either chemicals like relaxers or due to the use of high heat.
Once the top layer of your strands are compromised by heat, you end up exposing the inner core of your strand leading to dryness and lack luster hair.
If you plan to blow-dry the best method is the tension blow dry method after your hair has been thoroughly moisturized and protected with a suitable heat protectant*.
Dry the hair angling the blow-dryer down in an effort to keep your layers as flat as you can.
3. Wearing Your Hair Out Often
‘Out Styles’ are fun styles I get it, but the environment meaning the sun, the wind, your clothing and other external factors can rob your hair of moisture on a daily basis if you constantly keep your hair exposed.
Intense heat from the sun can actually break bonds in your hair even though you may never have picked up a flat iron* in your life!
If you plan to wear your favorite cashmere sweater be warned that the price tag makes no promises about reducing friction as your ends brush and snag against the fabric.
The bottom line is do all things in moderation, wear your hair out just as often as your wear it in a bun or other protective styles making sure you maintain balance in your hair care regimen.
You spend a lot of time adding moisture to your hair to protect it and retain length and health so knowing these little things will ensure that your efforts are supported and not shot to H – E – Double Hockey Sticks.
4. Bleaching Your Hair
Bleaching is another bond breaking scenario and even though we can all be suckers for a great blonde job, to achieve that color means literally stripping away your natural color and again chemically raising the cuticle layers of the strand that helps your hair retain moisture.
Don’t even bother conducting a strand test, trust auntie BHI when we tell you that your hair will be more porous and you will have to go HAM on the moisture and protein.
If you do decide to bleach, be really strict with your moisture regimen and protect your hair at all costs from other things that remove moisture from your strands. Other than that enjoy being a blondie for a while.
Originally posted 2013-10-13 15:00:19.