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GG
September 30th, 2013, 04:56 AM
Hi Everyone,

i'm new here. I have a question about blowdrying.

I often have to wash my hair in the mornings (night sweats and it stinks if I leave it). Problem is that I never know when it will happen so I don't allow time in the mornings to let my hair dry naturally before work. So I blow dry it. I aim the nozzle downward (not sure if that helps at all), and don't dry it completely. But I wish I didn't have to at all. I'd love to try Curly Girl to see if I can get any more than a light wave, but there's not enough time in the mornings to let it dry naturally - it takes hours.

I'm trying to grow it long, but I worry about blowdrying. It is the only heat styling I do and it's not every single day, but how damaging is this?

TIA

GG

Flor
September 30th, 2013, 05:12 AM
I recently tried using a diffuser on cold setting to bring out the curls/waves after wash. Didn't comb it or brush it. Worked really well! I only half dried it. If you live in a moderately warm climate, you can just leave it air-dry completely when you're already out. Here I often see girls leave the house with nearly soaking wet hair :D

Air-drying with regular combing:
http://i42.tinypic.com/11ihedc.jpg

CG-inspired diffuser half-dried, no combing or brushing:
http://i39.tinypic.com/2le002p.jpg

GG
September 30th, 2013, 05:15 AM
I recently tried using a diffuser on cold setting to bring out the curls/waves after wash. Didn't comb it or brush it. Worked really well! I only half dried it. If you live in a moderately warm climate, you can just leave it air-dry completely when you're already out. Here I often see girls leave the house with nearly soaking wet hair :D

Air-drying with regular combing:
http://i42.tinypic.com/11ihedc.jpg

CG-inspired diffuser half-dried, no combing or brushing:
http://i39.tinypic.com/2le002p.jpg

Thanks Flor. That's a huge difference. I've used the diffuser before, but only on high heat. I'll see if I need to wash in the morning and if there's time as well, I'll try it on the cold setting.

Thanks for the reply.

Firefox7275
September 30th, 2013, 05:37 AM
Hi Everyone,

i'm new here. I have a question about blowdrying.

I often have to wash my hair in the mornings (night sweats and it stinks if I leave it). Problem is that I never know when it will happen so I don't allow time in the mornings to let my hair dry naturally before work. So I blow dry it. I aim the nozzle downward (not sure if that helps at all), and don't dry it completely. But I wish I didn't have to at all. I'd love to try Curly Girl to see if I can get any more than a light wave, but there's not enough time in the mornings to let it dry naturally - it takes hours.

I'm trying to grow it long, but I worry about blowdrying. It is the only heat styling I do and it's not every single day, but how damaging is this?

TIA

GG

You do not need to air dry to follow the Curly Girl method, diffuser drying to still damp on a low to medium heat is absolutely part of the method. Many are also preserving wave or curl overnight with 'pineapples' and silk/ satin pillowcases or bonnets.

The mot damaging aspects of blow frying are higher temperatures, going to bone dry, brushing when wet. It's likely more damaging for fine hair or that which is already damaged by other mechanisms. There is an up to date list of ingredients that are proven heat protectants over on the Facebook Wavy Hair Community on Facebook - these include hair friendly ones such as hydrolysed proteins and glycerin.

http://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/2009/05/straightening-factshow-hot-is-too-hot.html
http://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/2011/08/blow-drying-reduces-moisture-in-hair.html
http://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/2013/08/could-air-drying-actually-damage-your.html
http://journal.scconline.org/pdf/cc2007/cc058n04/p00477-p00484.pdf

Bagginslover
September 30th, 2013, 06:34 AM
Is there a particular reason you can't go to work with your hair wet? I always wash in the morning, as I hate sleeping on wet hair, and I just go in with wet hair, which I bun once dry.

MissAlida
September 30th, 2013, 07:19 AM
I blow dry twice a week. Usually I let my hair air dry as much as possible, to help set the curls (I also use mousse for this), then I blow dry it bent at the waist, to get more volume, using my fingers like a diffuser, and scrunching my hair to get rid of any stiffness from the product. I guess that using a real diffuser would make things easier. I have been doing this for months now, and honestly, I don't see any damage. I deep condition my hair whenever it looks dry.

Audhumla
September 30th, 2013, 07:27 AM
I'd like to advocate the sitting in front of an electric fan/desk fan method. Works great for me. Less tiring than holding a hairdrier on cold and passing it over all of my hair and I'm not paranoid about damage that way.

GG
September 30th, 2013, 01:31 PM
You do not need to air dry to follow the Curly Girl method, diffuser drying to still damp on a low to medium heat is absolutely part of the method. Many are also preserving wave or curl overnight with 'pineapples' and silk/ satin pillowcases or bonnets.

The mot damaging aspects of blow frying are higher temperatures, going to bone dry, brushing when wet. It's likely more damaging for fine hair or that which is already damaged by other mechanisms. There is an up to date list of ingredients that are proven heat protectants over on the Facebook Wavy Hair Community on Facebook - these include hair friendly ones such as hydrolysed proteins and glycerin.

http://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/2009/05/straightening-factshow-hot-is-too-hot.html
http://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/2011/08/blow-drying-reduces-moisture-in-hair.html
http://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/2013/08/could-air-drying-actually-damage-your.html
http://journal.scconline.org/pdf/cc2007/cc058n04/p00477-p00484.pdf

Thanks Firefox. I think I need to read CG again because I've obviously misunderstood that point. Thanks for the links - I'll read those.

GG
September 30th, 2013, 01:33 PM
Is there a particular reason you can't go to work with your hair wet? I always wash in the morning, as I hate sleeping on wet hair, and I just go in with wet hair, which I bun once dry.

Thanks for all the replies everyone.

Bagginslover, I work in a professional environment with plenty of opinions (!) and turning up with wet hair would be frowned upon. If it dried quickly I'd just do it and be damp for half an hour, but my hair takes aaaaaages to dry.

GG
September 30th, 2013, 01:36 PM
One other thing - I'm not even sure CG would help. When I do airdry at home on a weekend, I get plenty of pouf and a few curls. But mostly they seem to get weighed down after a while.

spidermom
September 30th, 2013, 03:14 PM
Why does your head smell bad in the mornings I wonder? I have night sweats, too, plus I work out without washing my hair every time, and it takes 3-5 days for a smell to develop.

GG
September 30th, 2013, 03:23 PM
No offence to you, Spidermom, or anyone else, but I just have a thing about staying sweaty any longer than I have to. I need to at least rinse it out, or wash with shampoo. I'm the same after exercise. Just one of those personal things I guess. I also live in a seriously hot climate (30C plus for about 8 months of the year, and over the true Summer we often near 40C every day) so when I say sweat, I mean dripping with it, not just a damp brow :lol: Just letting the sweat dry would take almost as long as drying after a wash!!

morrigan*
September 30th, 2013, 03:40 PM
If your hair is long enough, you can try washing only your scalp and leave length dry.

stachelbeere
September 30th, 2013, 04:13 PM
well... you could wake up earlier in the morning - but I guess that's not the kind of advice you came here for hehe.
If it's not something you find gross maybe use a dry shampoo? but then you did say that you don't like to stay sweaty.

Cherry*Tree
September 30th, 2013, 10:58 PM
I heard somewhere or other that if you dry your hair on cold it doesn't damage your hair.

GG
October 1st, 2013, 01:42 AM
Thanks everyone for the responses! It's such a silly problem, but now that I'm consciously trying to grow it long, as opposed to being stingy/lazy about trims, I'm thinking about things that cause damage.

Stachelbeere -thanks for the dry shampoo idea. I've never tried it and hadn't really considered it. Might give that a go. No thanks to the getting up earlier idea!! I'm up at 5 already to get the dog walked before an early start at work.

GG
October 1st, 2013, 01:44 AM
If your hair is long enough, you can try washing only your scalp and leave length dry.

Another thing I hadn't considered. Might have to investigate this. I wonder if I'll have the co-ordination :lol: . Plus, I'm not quite BSL so not long by the standard of this forum!

faellen
October 1st, 2013, 04:40 AM
I blow dry on warm/cold when I don't have time to air dry (which is frequent!) as my hair takes around 6 hours to dry. The lengths, which are more porous, just hold onto water it seems. My hair is straight, so air drying for that long means more chance of kinks developing (e.g. from leaning against chair etc), and of course is impossible if I have to be somewhere. I hate sleeping in wet hair and leaving the house with wet hair, so this has proved to be the best solution for me: blow dry until at least half of hair is dry (scalp hair completely dry!) and let the rest dry naturally.

GG
October 1st, 2013, 05:06 AM
I blow dry on warm/cold when I don't have time to air dry (which is frequent!) as my hair takes around 6 hours to dry. The lengths, which are more porous, just hold onto water it seems. My hair is straight, so air drying for that long means more chance of kinks developing (e.g. from leaning against chair etc), and of course is impossible if I have to be somewhere. I hate sleeping in wet hair and leaving the house with wet hair, so this has proved to be the best solution for me: blow dry until at least half of hair is dry (scalp hair completely dry!) and let the rest dry naturally.
Thanks Faye. I think I'll try cool airmwith the diffuser tomorrow morning, and look at dry shampoo on the weekend.

Thanks everyone for the responses

GG
October 1st, 2013, 05:06 AM
I blow dry on warm/cold when I don't have time to air dry (which is frequent!) as my hair takes around 6 hours to dry. The lengths, which are more porous, just hold onto water it seems. My hair is straight, so air drying for that long means more chance of kinks developing (e.g. from leaning against chair etc), and of course is impossible if I have to be somewhere. I hate sleeping in wet hair and leaving the house with wet hair, so this has proved to be the best solution for me: blow dry until at least half of hair is dry (scalp hair completely dry!) and let the rest dry naturally.
Thanks Faye. I think I'll try cool airmwith the diffuser tomorrow morning, and look at dry shampoo on the weekend.

Thanks everyone for the responses

stachelbeere
October 1st, 2013, 03:55 PM
Thanks everyone for the responses! It's such a silly problem, but now that I'm consciously trying to grow it long, as opposed to being stingy/lazy about trims, I'm thinking about things that cause damage.

Stachelbeere -thanks for the dry shampoo idea. I've never tried it and hadn't really considered it. Might give that a go. No thanks to the getting up earlier idea!! I'm up at 5 already to get the dog walked before an early start at work.

5 am... argh. well that is quiet early :/

about the dry shampoo - if used correctly it really does make your hair feel fresh. just be careful not to get too much of it on the length, some dry shampoos dry the hair out unfortunately (Batiste makes my hair a little crunchy)

renia22
October 2nd, 2013, 06:17 AM
CG- check this article out, it might make you feel better about blow drying your hair!

http://thebeautybrains.com/2013/07/25/air-drying-hair-may-be-less-damaging-than-blow-drying/