8 Tips to Dry Your Hair Faster without a Blow Dryer
A lot of us would like to have the option of not blow drying our hair on a daily basis because we have read enough about how the heat is bad for the hair and that overuse of the heating equipment can make hair dry, brittle, and cause breakage if your hair is already dry and thin. So we asked our in-house experts to enlighten us on ways and tips to dry our hair faster, without losing or damaging our hair from blow drying every single day.
1. Use a conditioner
You probably already use a conditioner once you shampoo your hair. Let us tell you why it is a good idea to condition your hair if you want to dry your hair faster. Conditioner makes the water not stick to your hair. Instead, the water slides off your hair strands and does not get absorbed. You can use a leave-in conditioner for curly hair. But if you have straight and smooth hair, you can apply some oil on the strands that are dry, and that works just as fine.
You can use Shankara’s Hair and Scalp oil which is specifically designed to moisturize dry and damaged hair, and to give you shinier, healthier, and luxurious locks. The oil is safe to use on colored hair; it penetrates the hair shaft deeply to nourish and hydrate.
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2. Start drying your hair while in the shower
Squeeze out as much water as you can from your hair before you step out. This will save you a lot of time. A lot of people wrap their hair in a towel before squeezing the water out in the first round. Wrapping such wet hair can lead to hair damage and breakage in the long run. Once you have squeezed the water out, push up your bundled hair and drop them, and then run your fingers through the hair strands gently to separate them. Importantly, after doing this, you must make sure your hair does not get wet again.
3. Flip your head and give it a shake
Bend from your waist, so the hair is flowing downwards. Now stand up and flip your head, bend your neck backward slightly. Make sure you don’t hurt your neck with the jerking motion. Shake your head left to right and vice versa, so the air movement can speed up the process of drying.
4. Blotting with a towel
Now using a towel made of microfiber that helps better absorb water, blot the hair. To do a better job of blotting you can separate the hair into sections. Now you can squeeze out the water by blotting hair in each section. Squeeze it firmly enough to draw out all the water, but avoid doing it aggressively which can cause hair damage. The separation will allow more air movement to support drying. Do note, use dry sections of the towel while dealing with each section. Using a wet portion of the towel to dry out wet hair will be counter-productive.
Other materials that you can use instead of towels are an old but washed cotton shirt or a pillowcase or short cotton towels. This is recommended for avoiding frizz.
5. From the root, work downward
Work on blotting the roots rather than on the ends when you are trying to dry your hair, using a shorter towel or cotton cloth if possible. This is because, due to the volume near the roots, it takes longer for the hair in this region to dry, than the hair endings.
6. What type of comb should you use?
Experts recommend using a wide-tooth, wooden comb that is environmentally viable and good for the health of your hair. But you must start combing only once you have dried your hair well. Always use hair products such a serum or oils after a round of combing.
Now if you see, it is still taking a looong time for the hair to dry, bend from your waist, and let your hair hang for a few seconds before you flip it back up.
7. Towel turban
Once you have tried air drying, you can wrap your hair into a towel, making a turban, and finish other chores. In the meanwhile, let your hair sit in the turban for 10-15 minutes. But make sure you are not tying wet hair with a towel.
8. Get, set, and plop if you have curly or wavy hair
In this hair drying technique, place a cotton tee or a towel made from microfiber on the bed or counter. Place your hair strands in the middle of the cloth. Wrap the cloth around the hair and twist it a few times in such a way that it is scrunching on the head. You can do the plopping after applying the mousse to the hair. Once plopped, let it be for about 20-30 minutes before letting your hair out. Even in plopping your hair, make sure you have squeezed out excess water from your hair first.
All these techniques can help you dry your hair faster, more safely and with the least hair damage.