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Often I am asked, "How should I dry my hair?" "Is air drying best?" or I've been told, "My hair takes to long to dry".
I am a believer that there are no problems with drying your hair, just as long as you do not dehydrate your hair. I mean, who wants to walk around with a wet head all day?
With the tools we use, what often happens is the top of the hair (with the hard hat dryer) or the ends of the hair (with the diffuser) get dry first. Then we keep going in order to get to the inside of the hair and to the scalp. We end up over drying and dehydrating the most delicate frizz prone areas. This is why we have so many problems in those areas.
Or, we just quit and air dry the rest of the way.
I thought I'd break down what I explain to clients in my chair, because we now have 3 options to dry our hair.
It is readily available, at all different price points; sometimes it can come free with your dryer. This is the one we are most familiar with.
To use; you cup your curls in the bowl, accordion them up to the scalp and hold to dry. I love this for crown curls! Tilt you head upside down and cradle your crown curls inside bowl and push towards scalp til the gel cast forms. This adds great root curl and volume.
You can also lean side to side, encouraging the curls as you go. Great for wavies who want to be curly.
Pixi diffusing is a method of cradling the curls to the scalp, turning the dryer on for a bit, then turning it off before removing it. Diffusing in this way greatly reduces frizz.
Drys ends quickly, yet leaves the middles wet. We often over dry or dehydrate the fragile ends in order to get the middles dry.
Blowing hot air up the hair shaft disturbs the curl and can create frizz and flyaways. It tends to encourage shrinkage, so it is not good for those who like a more elongated curl.
I like to use it in the beginning of my dry time, upside down, for root lift in my crown area. I gently hold it there until I get a gel cast, then gently remove.
Provides results similar air drying, a loser more elongated curl. Airflow going down the hair shaft minimizing frizz.
You don't have to do anything! Close your eyes, drink coffee, update facebook, and put your makeup on.
You can drape a cape over it to help dry the lengths. C.H.A. dubbed it the thunder dome. You can see it here. There once was a curl / Thunderdome
It doesn't dry the ends on longer hair. The top dries but not the middles, therefore we over dry or dehydrate the top frizz prone, crown area.
It is not good for those who prefer encouraging curl.
It can get awfully warm, for those of us who are having personal summers, yet it can keep you warm in a Michigan winter. It is really confusing for those of us that are experiencing both !
I sit under mine for about 15 min. til I get a gel cast, while drinking coffee and checking facebook. I then move it behind me so the heat hits my ends in back while I do my make up.
The Deva Hand
It has holes on both sides so you can get into the middles! It drys both inside and outside at the same time.
You can get it into the crown for awesome root lift.
It can get in there at the nape. You know that area that never ever dries!
It allows you to not overdry any one area; therefore no dehydration. Deva has thought of everything, for the better health of our curls.
It's funny looking. You will get questions - curlies are a hoot.
It does not fit every dryer out there snugly and may shoot across the room. Check the size of your nozzle first, there are lots of funny dryer nozzles out there. It does fit most standard dryers.
Does not do well on high heat setting. On high heat settings it can melt. Dryers have a crazy strong airflow and are crazy hot nowadays. Guess what - it's not good for your hair either! So consider it your warning sign, if it's not good for the hand, it's not good for your hair.
I like to take out my clips and get the hand into my middles that are not dry yet. Especially at that nape and at my roots for height.
So which one should you get? I own all three, I'm like that. I love them all for different reasons and purposes. I will use two at a time to get the results I want, in the time I need.
My hope is for you to use this guide to find the one that is right for you. You can then ask for the others on Christmas or your birthday.
Collect them all @:)