At the time, I hadn't blow dried my hair in over a year and after shoulder length I found that tangles are a massive problem if you don't have tangle coping strategies.
I'm still resistant to blow drying on a regular basis because I don't want to get heat damage but over time I have become comfortable with blow drying my hair whenever I get plaits at a salon. This is roughly every 3 to 4 months.
This is what my research on how to blow dry curly hair more gently taught me...
Top tips for blow drying hair gently:
- Wash and deep condition hair no earlier than the day before you blow dry. Ideally just prior to the blow dry. You shouldn't blow dry or dirty hair.
- Thoroughly detangle your hair with fingers and then a comb before you blow dry.
- Dry your hair using a microfiber towel so that it's not too wet and doesn't frizz. Don't rub and scrunch the hair, just tie the microfiber towel over your head and it will soak up the water.
- Apply a heat protector. Coconut oil can form an effective heat protector as well as a moisture seal.
- Section hair. This allows you to deal with any tangles you meet systematically and more easily.
- Blow dry using a medium to low heat. Do not use high heat it will damage your hair.
- Blow dry down the hair so that the air flow is in the same direction in which the cuticle layers lie.
- Leave a little moisture in the hair. It doesn't have to be bone dry following the blow dry.
- Finish the blow dry with a cold blast of air. Hot air opens up the cuticle layer and cold hair closes it up sealing the hair, boosting shine and reducing frizz.