There are many ways to dry your hair without using a blow dryer. There are also some very good reasons why you should not use a blow dryer on your hair too often…
Blow drying has repeatedly been shown to be very bad for the health of your hair even if you are using, including actually increasing the likelihood that it will break off or fall out later in life. This is because it actually dries out the protective oil coating on all of our hairs, increasing the chances of them becoming brittle and breaking under pressure (e.g., combing). It also increases split ends while doing nothing to combat frizz issues.
Fortunately there are ways to dry your hair without using a blow dryer if you’d want all these negative side effects.
1. Using T Shirt!
You can also use a T-shirt or a very similar type of cloth to dry your hair. This is not as effective and you will need to use another method in conjunction with this, but it is still very popular, especially with athletes who want to carry on wearing their protective equipment while they towel off wet skin and hair. The main problem with this technique is that the weave of the material’s fibers will trap more water on your hair than microfiber towels do. In fact, some people believe that microfiber towels actually help control frizz by absorbing excess moisture from your hair before it has time to evaporate on its own.
2. Shake It Off
If you want to dry your hair without using an actual towel, you can simply shake off excess water with your hands. This is not as effective and can take a long time if you have very thick or curly hair. You will also need to use another method in conjunction with this one.
3. Begin With Your Roots
If you are looking for the best way to dry your hair without a hair dryer, then start at your scalp and work down. If you dry your full head of hair with an actual towel or piece of cloth, it will actually clump up all of the water on top of your head into large droplets that hang around on the surface instead of being absorbed into the rest of your hair. This can cause significant frizz issues later in life if this happens too often because it makes it look like there is more moisture in your hair than there actually is. Also, some people find that when they do this they have flakes or white marks on their skin or clothes where drops of water have fallen from their damp head onto them while they are drying themselves.
4. Use a Microfiber Towel
Another method to dry your hair without blow dryer is to use microfiber towel. Microfiber towels, like other types of towels, are not created equal. They vary widely in terms of quality and the fabric that is used to make them. If you want excellent results then purchase a high-quality microfiber towel (or two). Cheap versions may produce unsatisfactory results as they don’t absorb water as well as better ones. Be sure to check out how these can be used on your hair before buying them so that you know the best way to use microfiber towel for drying hair:
Wring out excess water from wet hair and place it on top of a flat surface such as a table or even the floor. If possible, place this over an empty laundry basket so that all dripping water is collected and not soiled the flooring.
Take a quarter size drop of shampoo in your hand and rub it all over your scalp to create a really good lather. Make sure that you massage this in for about two minutes so that all dirt and grime is removed from your hair. This will also stimulate blood flow to the roots which can encourage hair growth! Rinse off thoroughly when done with this step.
Apply conditioner on the lower half (from middle of your head downwards) but leave out the upper half (where microfiber towel comes into picture). Leave this in for 5 minutes or less depending on how much conditioning properties does your brand’s conditioner have. Do not apply any near eyes as it may cause them to sting or water.
After applying conditioner on your hair, take out a section of your locks and wrap it in the microfiber towel. Be sure that you hold onto this while it’s still inside the towel so that it does not slip off suddenly and cause tangles which can be hard to comb through later on.
You will find yourself with a turban-like structure around your head at this point. Smooth over anymore tangled areas such as behind the ears and near temples for best results. You should also smooth down any flyaway or frizzy ends so that all of your hair is wrapped up snugly within the turban without causing too much messiness or exposing damp sections to airborne bacteria or dust particles.
Leave this in place for about 15 to 30 minutes depending on the thickness of your hair. If it’s very thick, then leave it in for 30 minutes but if it’s thin or short, then 15 minutes should be enough time to get good results without causing too much damage due to heat exposure (which can be caused by longer dry times).
After you’re done with waiting, gradually unwrap the towel and let your hair air-dry whenever possible (if not all wet sections will drip down your back and into your clothes!).
Now, this method (and the microfiber towel itself) isn’t perfect for everyone as it does require quite some time and effort to complete. If you are pressed for time then simply towel dry hair using an absorbent cotton t-shirt instead! It’s relatively easy to do so there’s no reason not to pick up one of these if you want great hair days all throughout the week.
5. Use a Microfiber Hair Brush
Microfiber hair brushes are extremely popular with people who have very fine or thin hair. They are also very good for frizz control. A microfiber hair brush is smooth to the touch, but it still has enough grip on your hair that the fibers can move around and whisk away excess water easily. This makes them fast at drying your hair so you don’t have to spend as long with them as you would if you were using a towel. The bristles are usually packed together fairly tightly so they won’t drag on your scalp which is particularly important for those whose scalps are extra sensitive or prone to irritation after washing their heads.