The hairdryer is an essential part of the hairdressing process. If you want to blow-dry your hair with inimitable volume, sculpt your curls, or even just dry your hair quickly (but not any old way!) before you go out, a hairdryer is essential. In this article, you will find top tips from Velecta® Paris on how to use a hairdryer, advice about things you should avoid, how to choose the best hairdryer for you and how to obtain desired effects. How should you dry your hair? Follow this guide!
How to dry your hair without damaging it
You may be wondering which drying method is more beneficial to your hair's health: drying naturally or blow-drying?
On the one hand, improper use of a hairdryer can have adverse effects on the health of your hair and scalp.
But on the other, recent studies* have revealed that drying your hair naturally can also have harmful effects on its health! Leaving your hair wet for prolonged periods of time can lead to the appearance of splits in the cuticle, which significantly weakens the entire hair shaft!
So, how can you dry your hair so that it stays healthy for as long as possible?
→ Simply use a powerful hairdryer, and follow the advice given by Velecta® Paris. For those of you who are used to drying your hair naturally and are worried about your power consumption, rest assured: the Original 1.3 is very energy efficient!
How to use your hairdryer: top tips from Velecta® Paris
How can you dry your hair without damaging your hair or your scalp? Contrary to popular belief, the answer to this question lies not in reducing the frequency of hairdryer use, but in adhering to the rules that should be followed every time you use your hairdryer, whether you use it every day or just occasionally.
How to dry your hair: steps and routines to adopt
To dry your hair in the best possible conditions that preserve its tone and vitality, here are a few routines that you must adopt when using a hairdryer. For the best results, follow these three simple rules when you blow-dry your hair:
- Take the time to towel dry your hair
Do not expose your dripping tresses to the heat from the hairdryer: always make sure to dry your hair with an absorbent towel before blow-drying.
→ What is the best way to dry your hair with a towel?
Do not rub your hair or scalp with your towel: just dab your hair, starting at the roots and working your way down to the ends. Repeat this several times, so that you remove as much of the water from your hair as possible. If one towel is not enough, just grab a second, dry towel to finish the job.
2. Choose a suitable brush
How well you blow-dry your hair depends on the quality of your accessories. As experts in the manufacture of hairdryers, we recommend that you use a boar bristle hairbrush because they are the most protective of all hair types. Since these bristles possess properties that are similar to human keratin, they do not create static, so brushing your hair is easier.
3. Choose a suitable hairdryer
Your blow-dry will be all the better if you are equipped with an appliance that is adapted to your personal needs and preferences: for example, if you suffer from musculoskeletal disorders or have difficulty holding a grip, choose a lightweight hairdryer such as the Iconic TGR 1.7, which weighs just 335g. If you don't have much time to blow-dry your hair and/or your hair is long and thick, you should choose an ionic hairdryer from our High Power series, such as the Revolution 2.2i: with its 2200W power supply and an airflow rate of 100m3/h, it guarantees you a fast drying time in any situation!
How to use your hairdryer properly: what not to do
Knowing how to blow-dry your hair is essentially a matter of realising that there are certain things you should never do in your bathroom! We list them here once and for all:
- Never hold the hairdryer against your hair while drying it
This is the most common mistake, and the one that causes the most damage: under no circumstances should the hairdryer come into contact with your hair or your brush! Not only does it damage your hair, it also damages your brush and your appliance! Always hold the hairdryer at least 5 cm away from your hair.
2. Set your hairdryer to the correct temperature/speed
Don’t improvise when it comes to setting the temperature and speed on your hairdryer. This should depend on your skill rather than the time you have available...
This is because novices tend to use the hairdryer for longer periods of time than experienced users, even though the results end up the same: this is because they are less confident and often need to use the dryer several times to achieve the desired effect. Under these conditions, using the maximum temperature and blowing speed is out of the question!
Use this summary table to help you choose the right speed and temperature setting on your hairdryer, according to your profile:
|Short hair||Mid-length to long hair|
|Novice||Heat setting: 1 - Speed: 1||Heat setting: 1 - Speed: 2 or 3|
|Experienced||Heat setting: 2 or 3 - Speed: 1||Heat setting: 2 or 3 - Speed: 2 or 3|
3. Dry your hair thoroughly
How do you blow-dry your hair and get the same shine as at the hairdresser? Take care not to remove all the moisture from the hair: with a moisture level of around 20%, the hair retains all its mechanical properties and shine: stop stubbornly drying your hair until it is bone dry - you are not doing it any favours!
Now you know how to keep your hair healthy as you dry it with your Velecta® Paris hairdryer!