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Everybody makes mistakes. Don’t worry, making the choice to quit making these mistakes is easy! We have all heard how blow drying our hair too frequently can be bad for it. The excessive heat from hair dryers and other hot tools can cause our hair to dry out and lose its natural luster. Making a few simple hair dryer mistakes can be all too common. When you have a busy lifestyle, though, using a hair dryer can be unavoidable. Most women don’t have time to gracefully sit patiently at home, waiting on their hair to air dry! And there’s no resisting the beautiful, voluminous, shiny, smooth look of freshly blow-dried hair after a salon visit. However, making hair dryer mistakes can be costly!

Put a Stop to These Common Mistakes!

Luckily, when you know the best way to blow dry your hair, you can protect your hair from the harmful breakage these mistakes can cause. And you’ll achieve the gorgeous looks you so desire without spending an arm and a leg each week at the salon! Avoiding these five simple hair drying mistakes will make your hair happier and healthier so you can be confident in your luscious locks!

Using an Old Hair Dryer

Replacing an old hair dryer might not be one of the top priorities in your mind. But, if you’re using a hair dryer that’s past its prime, it could actually be harming your hair. Did you know hair dryers typically last between 600 and 800 hours of use? That’s about 300 or 400 blow-drying sessions. Using the same hairdryer for years is one of the biggest mistakes you can make! Your hairdryer is likely overheating and burning your hair!

The more dust that accumulates on the air filter of your hair dryer, the hotter your hair dryer will get as it pulls air inside. This can be dangerous! It can cause burns to both your hair and your skin! Make sure to frequently remove the dust buildup from your hair dryer’s protective grate.

Blow Drying Soaking Wet Hair

If you ever wake up late for school or work and need to jump in the shower, you’ve probably tried to get your hair dry as quickly as possible. What you might not realize, though, is that you should let your hair dry most of the way on its own before you ever even begin to blow dry it!

Blow drying your hair when it’s less that 80 percent dry can damage your hair because it will be exposed to the heat for too long. This is one of the most common mistakes, so don’t feel bad if you’ve been making it all this time! 

If you’ve ever tried blow drying long hair or thick hair, you know that it takes what feels like forever. It’s best to gently towel dry your hair until it’s mostly dry before you bring out your hair dryer.

If you are running short on time, keep the hair dryer a good distance away from your hair. Use your fingers to ring out the excess water. When you can, letting your hair simply air dry is always a good choice.

Not Properly Sectioning Your Hair

When you’re blow drying your hair, a common mistake is not piecing your hair into sections beforehand. Doing this will make the job a lot easier! There is no exact formula for perfectly sectioning your hair, you just need to find the method that works the best for you! Just make sure to keep the sections small enough so that you can easily focus your hair dryer on them without losing control.

Blow dry the sections of hair around your face and on the crown of your head first. These are the most important sections when styling your hair because they will be the most visible!

You can use trial and error to choose the way that works the best for you, but I always recommend sectioning your hair vertically and horizontally into one to two-inch strands.

Blow dry these sections using the lowest setting of your hair dryer to avoid damaging them.

Blow Drying in the Wrong Direction

Did you know there were right and wrong directions to blow dry your hair? You might be used to just winging it and blow drying your hair in every which direction but there is actually a more effective way to do it!

Blow dry the roots of your hair in the opposite direction of the way they grow. So, if your hair is parted to the right, you should position your hair dryer so that it is blowing drying your hair to the left. This will give your hair volume and lift your roots!

When blow drying the ends of your hair, you’ll do the opposite. For smooth, straight ends, hold your hair dryer facing downward toward the tips of your hair. For even smoother hair you can use a round brush and blow dry the ends of your hair downward around the curve.

The flat attachment that comes with your blow dryer will focus airflow and give you more control when setting your blow dried hair.

Not Setting Your Hair Afterwards

You don’t want to spend half an hour blow drying your hair just to have it deflate or become frizzy. That can be so incredibly frustrating and it might make you want to give up on styling your hair that day. If this happens to you often, you’re probably not following through correctly in the last stage of blow drying your hair – the setting stage.

You have to make absolutely sure your hair is completely dry. When moisture is left in your hair, it can easily become frizzy. Just because your hair is hot doesn’t mean it’s dry, so make sure you’re finished drying before moving on to setting your hair.

Set your hair by using the cool settings on your hair dryer. Hot tools are great for styling hair, but if your hair is hot when you head to work, the headrest might actually leave unwanted dents in your style! By cooling your hair down, it locks in your style and prevents it from being molded by things your head might come into contact with.

“Hair Dryer” Shouldn’t Be a Bad Word!

If you know the proper way to blow dry your hair, there’s no reason to fear it! If you take care to avoid these common hair dryer mistakes, your hair dryer can actually be a helpful tool in achieving the styles you long for. While remedying these mistakes might take some effort at first, you’ll see that it’s easy to get the beautiful blown out looks you want without hurting your locks.


From the author:



My name is Amanda Cooper, and I’ve spent the last seven years of my life as a stylist in Orange County, California helping women like you feel confident about their hair. One of the most important parts of maintaining beautiful hair is using great hair products. That’s why I’m excited to tell you that there are great shampoos and conditions for YOUR hair. I’ve helped hundreds of women find the perfect hair products for them, and I can help you, too. It’s easy… and I’ll be here to guide you every step of the way.

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