Blow Dry vs. Natural Drying

Blow Drying versus Going Natural

Up until recently I thought natural drying was always the way to go. My hair styles seemed to last longer, and I didn’t have as much trouble with split ends or frizz. That being said, it meant I left the house with a wet head a lot which isn’t great. Apart from the fact I looked like a drowned rat, I also found that my hair was stringy looking and heavy.

There are pros and cons to both natural and blow drying, but trying to figure out what’s next can feel a little bit overwhelming when you’re talking about spending hundreds of dollars on a dryer. It took me a long time to come around to the idea of regularly using a blow dryer but now I have, I really understand what’s best about both.

Air Drying

If I have a lot of extra time, I’m not usually worried about washing my hair early and letting it dry. I feel like it keeps extra moisture in that way, and it’s easier to straighten from air dried hair than it can be with hair that is blow dried. At least, that’s the way it was. It used to be that air drying was way better for my hair, but the new kinds of dryers that are available do a lot to protect my locks. While I’ll still choose air drying if I know I have a lot of time, that’s mostly out of laziness. These days, I don’t worry much about frizz or that dried up feeling my hair used to get when I was blow drying.

The Time Factor

Obviously air drying takes a lot more time. Hair as long and thick as mine can take hours upon hours to dry. Blow drying is faster, but it’s harsher on my hair. I have to make a decision based on how much time I have, and waiting too long can be bad when I want to look and feel special.

Now that blow drying takes less time than it did before there is a lot more reason to try and blow dry, and I don’t need as much of a lead time. The combination of a faster dryer and dry shampoo means I can use a dryer almost every time I wash, and I don’t have to wash my hair every day. It’s a happy compromise that still leads to well put together hair.

The Stress Factor

There was a time when I received a thorough reprimand from my hair stylist for the amount of heat I was putting on my hair. I stopped using my blow dryer as much and started washing my hair the night before to avoid it. The result was hair that wasn’t as fresh, but it wasn’t so straw-like all the time.

Thanks to newer materials like ceramic, titanium, tourmaline and ionic capabilities its way safer to use heat on my hair. It’s still not something I do every day because I don’t think my hair can handle even that much gentle heat, but it’s a lot better than it used to be.

Once And For All

Air drying is always going to be the safest for your hair, but it’s not always an option. Drying is not as bad as it once was, so you have to weigh the amount of time you have against the style you want. If I’m short on time and want straight hair, my only hope is the blow dryer. Although, I don’t have to worry too much if that happens a lot now because it’s just not as damaging as it once was.