Is it Good to Use a Hair Dryer?

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A hair dryer is one of the best small beauty appliances ever made! This rather simple appliance helps you dry, volumize, and style your hair. However, you can damage your hair if you use a blow dryer incorrectly. That’s why it’s important to use your blow dryer the right way so you don’t end up drying your hair out or breaking it.

Maybe you’ve read some information online that states it’s not a good idea to use a hair dryer. This subject has been debated for decades. To help you figure things out, we’ve listed some of the pros and cons of using a hair dryer. Read through the info below and then decide if you should blow dry or air dry. Ready? Let’s go!

Pro: You can easily create a variety of hairstyles 

When you air-dry your hair, you’re very limited regarding hairstyle. In essence, you’ll be left with limp, dry hair. This means you’ll need to spend extra time with your other hair appliances like your curling iron to get the style you want. But when you use a hair dryer, you can style your hair as you’re blow-drying it. 

Con: Regular use of a hair dryer can reduce volume, weaken curls, and degrade your hair color. 

It’s no secret that high heat isn’t your hair’s BFF. In fact, when your hair is exposed regularly to high temperatures, your strands can suffer. Your curls can weaken, your expensive hair color can degrade rapidly and you can lose volume. 

Pro: Using a hair dryer is a big time-saver. 

It can take around an hour to air dry your  hair. If you’re in a rush and need to get out the door quickly, you may not have time this type of time to spare. But when you use a hair dryer, you can completely dry your hair in just a few short minutes. You’ll have plenty of time to style your hair and get yourself ready for the day. 

Con: Blow-drying your hair can strip it of its natural oils. 

Spending ten minutes or more every day blow-drying your hair can strip away the natural oils in your hair strands. These oils are what helps keep your hair strong, flexible, shiny, and healthy. 

Pro: Blow-drying keeps your hair manageable.

When you’ve set your style using a blow dryer and your favorite hair products, your hairstyle will last all day. Your hair will be more manageable by putting you in charge of your  locks. If you need a volume boost during the day, spritz your hair with a bit of hairspray. 

Con: Using a hair dryer can parch your scalp. 

Your scalp needs to be healthy in order for you to have a healthy head of hair. Using a hair dryer on high heat every day can severely dry your scalp. Not only can you start seeing white flakes due to scalp dryness, but your hair will also suffer too. It will look dull and lifeless if it’s not getting nourishment from your scalp. 

Wrap Up

As you can see, there are both advantages and disadvantages associated with using a hair dryer. If you want to use a hair dryer, use common sense. Don’t set your dryer on the highest heat and keep it at least 8 inches away from your hair when using it. And by all means, replace your old school hair dryer with a more modern one that doesn’t do as much damage to your hair.

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