How to dry your natural hair for the least amount of damage

How to dry your natural hair for the least amount of damage

If you have natural hair, you know that maintaining its health and moisture is crucial. One of the most important steps in your hair care routine is drying your hair after washing it. Here are some tips to ensure that your natural hair stays healthy and hydrated during the drying process.


1. Blot, Don't Rub:

When your natural hair is wet, it is especially fragile. Rubbing it vigorously with a towel can lead to breakage and damage. Instead, gently blot your hair with a soft microfiber towel or an old cotton t-shirt. This will help remove excess water without causing unnecessary stress to your strands.


2. Use a Leave-In Conditioner:

Before you start the drying process, apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair. This will provide additional moisture and help to detangle your strands. Choose a leave-in conditioner that is formulated for natural hair's porosity.


3. Avoid Excessive Heat Styling:

While using a blow dryer and flat iron might give you a sleek and straight style, it can also cause heat damage to your hair. Heat can strip away moisture causing cracks to the cuticle and lead to brittle and dry strands. As much as possible, embrace gentle heat drying techniques such as sitting under a hooded dryer or using a diffuser on your blow dryer to preserve the health of your natural hair.


4. Opt for Protective Styles:

If you're looking to take a break from your hair, consider putting it in a long term, low manipulation style after washing. This can include braids, twists, or even a simple bun. These styles not only protect your natural hair from damage but also help to maintain moisture levels.


5. Detangle while your hair is still damp

Wet to damp hair is more malleable and easier to detangle. Use a wide-toothed comb or detangling brush to gently detangle any knots or tangles. Work in sections and start from the ends and work your way up to prevent unnecessary breakage. Avoid using or fine-toothed combs, as these can cause more damage to your natural hair. 

6. Allow Sufficient Drying Time:

Natural hair often takes longer to dry compared to other hair types. Be patient and allow your hair to dry completely before styling or manipulating it further. If you're short on time, at least dry it to more than 50% using your hooded dryer or diffuser. You don't want your hair to stay wet to avoid hygral fatigue. 


7. Seal in Moisture:

Once your hair is fully dry, it's essential to seal in moisture. Apply a natural oil, such as our Gimme Shine Hair Oil, to lock in hydration and add shine to your natural hair. Remember to only use a small amount to avoid weighing down your strands.

Taking care of your natural hair requires special attention, especially when it comes to drying it after washing. By following these tips, you can maintain the health and moisture of your natural hair, ensuring that it looks and feels its best.

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