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You’ve been drying your hair all wrong – expert reveals why you should avoid airdrying at all costs


FOR SOME time, those with long hair stopped using hair tools that could potentially damage their hair with extreme heat temperatures.

However, air drying has proven to also be super damaging for your locks.

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A hair care expert debunked the myth that air-drying your hair is better[/caption]

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She claimed that using heat is better[/caption]

The owner of haircare brand WonderCurl took to social media to debunk the myth that air-drying your hair is better than using heat on it.

Scarlett Rocourt claimed that people’s hair tends to be dryer and brittle when they air-dry it.

This rule goes for all hair types.

She added that even if you don’t add heat to it, it could be damaging to your locks. And that the only way your hair can get heat damage is if you use extreme temperatures on it.

This may come as a shock to many but Rocourt is not wrong.

According to Dr. Tim Moore, the Chief Technology Officer at GHD, air drying can be the worst thing you do to your hair.

“Iit all starts the moment you wet your hair. It changes the molecular structure of the strand straight away,” he wrote in an article.

“Because when water is applied to hair, it is absorbed through the hard outer layer of the cuticle into the cortex, which then swells up. This means it’s instantly weakened. The cuticle acts a bit like roof tiles, with water going in between the gaps.

“Leaving hair to dry naturally can be more damaging than intense heat. Hair can absorb up to 30 percent of its own weight in water. The longer it stays wet, the worse things get, as it continues to swell.

“This is because repeated swelling followed by slow drying of hair causes something called the cell membrane complex (essentially the glue holding the cuticle together) to crack, permanently damaging the hair.

“You’d be better off drying your locks quickly with heat, rather than going au natural.”

You just have to make sure you’re using the right temperature.

He continued: “Dry your hair till it feels warm. Use your hairdryer on a low heat and speed setting at first. This is so the hair doesn’t overheat (remember it’s far more vulnerable to heat when wet).

“You should dry in sections. Even if the hairdryer temperature feels warm – it will probably be around 70 degrees – the temperature of the hair won’t go over about 30 degrees until it dries.

“We suggest holding the dryer as far back as you can comfortably reach, on a low airspeed setting and keeping it moving slowly.

“As soon as hair starts to feel warm it will be about 90 percent dry, and you can turn up the heat. It’s vital that you don’t forget to give it a blast of cool air at the end. It makes a massive difference, ensuring the hair’s internal bonds are remade and sealing the style in place.”

So there you have it, folks. Stop airdrying your hair!

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Science backs up her claims[/caption]

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