You’ve heard me say NEVER BLOW DRY YOUR HAIR. Generally, these are words to live by for those of us with fragile, friable, shedding, vulnerable hair.
However, we also live in a world where sometimes:
- It’s too damn cold to go outside with wet hair;
- We’ve gotta have styled hair for work/dates/life; and
- We’ve gotta have extra awesome hair for the holidays.
So, what’s a girl to do?
I have the answer. Buy a GOOD hair dryer with temperature control and a diffuser.
I’ve had a hair dryer with a diffuser for as long as I can remember. What’s a diffuser? Simply put, diffusers are attachments that go on the end nozzle of a hair dryer, and this lets the dryer disperse its heat over a wider area.
What does dispersed heat mean? Less intense focus of the heat at a smaller area of follicles, and broader air distribution. This means you get uniformly dry hair, not fried dried split frizz.
What’s a girl NOT to do?
DEFINITELY AVOID drying your hair in the typical salon fashion. You know what I’m talking about…those blow outs where the stylist brushes it super aggressively, strand by freaking strand, in order to get that glossy and perfectly straight look.
It might look good that day, but the cost is FAR too heavy to justify.
Why? Because blow drying while brushing or combing your hair while it’s wet is still BAD NEWS. Our hair is even MORE vulnerable when it’s wet and you should ALWAYS avoid brushing or combing it during this time, if you have concerns about hair loss or shedding.
If you doubt what I’m saying, I challenge you to look closely at your ends next time you get a blow out. You’ll see a difference. Or, grab all of your hair like you’re pulling it into a ponytail, and feel the volume: it will feel WAY skinnier than normal. This is because the hair has been stripped of its natural oil as well as just plain stripped of HAIR!
Why use a hair dryer with a diffuser?
If I’m blow drying my hair, not only don’t I want my poor scalp and follicles to get too hot and fry, I also want to preserve some of my natural wave and curl so the final product looks more voluminous.
For those of us with thinning hair, having waves or curls can help give the illusion that we have MORE hair than we do.
Why use ionic hair dryers?
In addition to the diffuser, this particular hair dryer by John has a metric ton of built-in features to protect your hair while in action:
- 2200-Watt Motor – The powerful motor produces strong, consistent airflow to dry even thick, wavy hair in no time! Salon Look Everyday!
- Advanced Technology – We’ve packed a bunch of useful technology into this hair dryer! Negative ions reduce frizz, the ceramic-coated grill produces infrared heat for fast drying, and tourmaline technology protects the hair cuticle from over-heating
- Micro-Conditioners – Get up to 5x more protection compared to other regular dryers. The grill is infused with micro-conditioners that release into the dryer¡¯s airflow and get transferred into your hair to help prevent damage and maximize shine
- 3 Heat Settings + 2 Speed Settings – Find the right temperature and airflow for your hair with 3 heat and 2 speed settings. Start with high heat to remove excess moisture, then switch to low heat and speed when you¡¯re ready to style and perfect your look. Voltage: 120 Volts. Cool Shot – Lock in your style with the cool shot button that provides a blast of cold air to hold your look all day long.
- Attachments – The narrow air concentrator is ideal for precision styling on straight, smooth hair and the wider for fast drying. (To gain volume and curls, clip on the air diffuser and move it quickly around your head)
Best of all, the JOHN 2200Watt Fast Drying Ceramic Ionic Tourmaline 5800 Professional Hair Dryer with Diffuser features a 5 Year Warranty. So, if it breaks or gets wonky, you can send it back and get the darn thing fixed or replaced, no worries.
I’m thrilled that the internet exists and gives us an alternative to waiting in those frigid lines and risking death by trampling on Black Friday. Like everyone else, I love getting something for nothing or nearly nothing, which is why…
Time is of the essence, ladies
At this moment, this fancypants ionic hairdryer with a diffuser is only $47.99 on Amazon.com, on sale from its usual price of $169.
That’s partly why I wanted to pass on the news and encourage you all to go snag one.
That, and it’s getting super freaking cold where I live (in the mountains of Arizona). I’ve been blow drying my hair sometimes rather than letting it air dry, and, so I don’t end up reversing all the time and expense of regrowing my hair, I’m doing it with a good dryer and a diffuser. Ya’ll should do the same!
Thoughts on drying your hair? Horror stories or success stories? I’m listening…leave a comment!