In an ideal world, we’d step out of the shower, and our strands would instantly airdry into an impossibly swishy, just-returned-from-the-salon blowout. In reality, however, we have to deal with the twin stressors of frizz and flyaways. If you look closely, the main culprit is wet hair. Do you ever use a brush to detangle knots after a shower? Do you have the urge to blow dry your hair on high heat quickly to remove the wetness? Perhaps you feel the urge to tie your hair and move on with your day. Unfortunately, all these mistakes could be affecting the health and longevity of your hair. Because of its changing structure, wet hair needs more attention.
We reached out to Audrey Dsouza (Lead educator for hair at Lakme Salon) for more proof. She says that “when hair comes in contact with water, the shaft absorbs the water and swells, making it more susceptible to damage.” To preserve your hair’s health, you should wash your hair less frequently than when it is dry.
- Wet hair can be brushed.
It is a sin to brush your hair while it is still wet. This is because the hair is weakest and most vulnerable to breaking, leading to flyaways and split ends. To ensure your hair stays healthy and long-lasting, don’t touch it with a brush until it’s dry.
- Heat tools for wet hair
Although heated tools can damage your hair, using them on damp hair will worsen it. Using a hot flatiron or tong on wet locks will increase the heat to dangerous levels and cause irreversible damage. After your hair is dry, you can use the hair styling tools you prefer, but only after applying a heat protectant.
- Tie your hair up while it’s still wet
It might be tempting to put your hair in a bun on busy mornings to make it easier. We know that hair strands become weaker and more vulnerable when damp. You can tie it up or braid it tightly when your hair is still wet. The tension will only increase when it dries. Dry hair can cause snags and dents. Make sure that your hair is completely dry before you tie it.
- Dry dripping hair
Although this might seem like the most difficult rule to follow, you should never dry your hair while it is still damp. Although it might seem easy to jump out of the hot shower and begin wicking moisture away, you should wait until the water has drained out before applying the dryer to medium heat. Then, style your hair with a heat setting that gradually increases in heat.
- Dry your hair after a shower.
It’s always risky to airdry your hair. One wrong step could result in your hair breaking. You can avoid making any mistakes by using a microfiber towel to gently remove water from your hair and let it air dry naturally.
- Go to bed with wet hair.
Going to bed with damp hair is acceptable, but it is unacceptable to have wet hair. It not only makes your pillowcase look crappy, but it also damages your hair and causes breakage. You can blow dry your hair with a blow dryer if you have had a hair wash before bed.
- Spray hairspray on damp hair
It is important to dry your hair before applying hairspray. For a long-lasting hold, hairspray should be applied when the hair is dry.
Do’s and don’ts
We know that wet hair should be handled with gloves for kids–preferably microfibre. Dsouza offers some great tips to help you maintain the health of your hair.
- You should use a leave-in product and a wet brush if you have tangled hairs. The bristles of these brushes are much more gentle than regular ones. To detangle your hair, you can rough dry it until it reaches 90 percent. Then use a round brush to smoothen your strands.
- Blowdrying wet hair can melt the product and make your hair heavy. It is a good idea to dry your hair by blowdrying it or finger-drying it before adding heat.
- While it may take longer to dry your hair on low heat in the morning, this will greatly reduce the damage to your hair and prevent frizz from the end.
- Although many people do this, wrapping your hair in towels can cause hair damage after a shower. The towel’s rough fibers can damage hair and cause hair damage. You can use a cotton shirt or a microfibre to help absorb moisture and reduce friction.