Whether you have long or short hair, it’s easy to make hair drying mistakes. There’s a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to drying and styling hair, so it’s easy to slip up. Unfortunately, that means it’s extremely easy to dry out and/or damage your hair! So we put together this essential list of 5 common hair drying mistakes to avoid.
1. Towel drying too roughly
This is an extremely common hair drying mistake and it can cause a lot of damage. First of all, this doesn’t help your hair dry faster. Second, the super absorbent fabric towels are made of can cause frizz if rubbed against wet hair too aggressively.
2. Leaving hair in a towel too long
See the above tidbit about towels and frizz. Also, leaving your hair up in a towel just slows down the drying process. Let your hair air dry and breathe a bit before blow drying it. It’ll make the whole styling process much easier.
3. Not using a heat protectant
We cannot stress enough how important it is to use a heat protectant on your hair before drying or heat styling it. It’s an easily avoidable mistake that has pretty steep consequences. The Ostia Collection 3-in-1 Mist will protect your hair from heat damage while offering UV ray protection and detangling properties.
4. Heat styling damp hair
Your hair should be 80% dry before you even touch a round brush. It should be 100% dry before you use a curling iron or straightener. Heat styling damp hair can cause severe breakage and damage. No matter how impatient you are, always make sure to dry your hair thoroughly before heat styling it!
5. Not directing hair for volume
If you want lots of volume from your blowout, you have to over direct the hair. Skip this step and you’ll be sorely disappointed by how flat your hair ends up! It’s less dire than the other hair drying mistakes, but it’s certainly one worth keeping in mind.
It’s easy to make these common hair drying mistakes, but luckily it’s just as easy to avoid them! So make sure to run down this list next time you dry your hair. And feel free to share your most dreaded hair drying mistakes in the comments.