How To Dry Your Hair Properly: Step-By-Step Guide

Written By Grace Harris Nov 08, 2023
How To Dry Your Hair Properly: Step-By-Step Guide

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We take a shower when we are getting ready to go out at any time of the day. After stepping out of the shower, we tend our dry our hair quickly by rubbing the towel, especially when we are short of time. Drying hair seems like an easy everyday work, and we think that rubbing the towel and scrunching it all the way down through our hair or blow drying it haphazardly will do the needful. However, that is not the case. Wet hair are fragile and sensitive, hence rubbing them hastily with a towel or moving a blow dry chaotically through you hair will cause damage, breakage and frizz

In order to keep your hairs from the damage, you need to know and follow certain ways and methods of drying hair. Therefore, in this article we will discuss different methods and ways within each method to dry hair. This article will provide you a comprehensive set-by-step guide about how to dry hair.

Air Dry Your Hair 

This is one of the most common and traditional way to dry hair. As stated earlier, rubbing towel on wet hair are likely to cause breakage and hair fall because the cuticles of our hair get swelled and are prone to damage and frizz. Therefore, to keep your hair from damage and frizz, experts suggest to use a microfiber towel or a T-shirt and dab it against your hair rather than rubbing it. Air drying is process with steps to follow. Here is the step-by-step guide you should follow if you want to air dry your hair. 

Dab your Hair with a T-shirt or a Microfiber Towel: After taking a shower, use a microfiber towel or an old T-shirt and keep on dabbing it gently on your hair, starting from the roots to shafts, until your hair gets semi-dry. You don’t have to dry your hair completely, just dry it until water stops dripping. Moreover, we suggest you to use microfiber towel and T-shirt because they are softer than regular towels and will prevent your hair from breaking.

Comb your Hair: Once your hair gets damp or semi-dry, it is crucial to detangle the knots in your hair. We recommend you to use a wide-tooth comb, as it will allow air to pass through your hair and sort them more easily than a regular comb or brush. Keep in mind that while combing your hair, start from the shaft and gradually move towards the roots because the knots will get sorted more easily when you are combing it down, otherwise hair will break. 

Apply Hair Products on your Hair: This is one of the most essential steps to follow. If you want to keep your hair frizz-free, with a smooth and soft texture, then apply hair products such as  mousse, serum, cream or oil that suits your hair type (curly, straight, wavy), as there are different hair products for each hair type.If you want to make a certain hair style and keep it intact, apply hair products on damp or semi-dry hair. They will keep your hair styled until your next shower. Avoid applying hair product on dripping wet hair, as the hair product will diminish from your hair when its gets dry.

Style your Hair: after applying hair product, make the hairstyle you want before your get gets completely dry. When your hair are wet, they are soft and flexible enough to adjust to any position, style or parting, and if any hair product is applied, it eases the process even more.  

Blow Dry Your Hair

Blowing drying hair is not as simple as it seems. We have mentioned earlier that blowing drying is not about moving the dryer randomly all over your hair. Hairstylists and fashion experts suggest that it is highly important to control heat and direction of air flow of your hair dryer and maintain a distance between your hair dryer and hair, to protect it against frizz and damage. Hence, there is a proper way to blow dry your hair, which we will share in the following step-by-step guide.

Dry your Hair with a Towel or a T-shirt: Spread a microfiber towel or a cotton T-shirt and then flip your head upside down. Wrap the towel or T-shirt around your hair and keep it until the water stops dripping from your hair. Once your hair gets semi-dry, remove the towel or T-shirt. 

Comb your Hair: Use a wide tooth comb and detangle the knots of your hair. As stated in the previous method, start combing from the shafts and then move towards the roots of your hair. 

Apply hair Products: As stated earlier, there are different hair products for each hair type. Therefore, if you have straight, curly or wavy hair, select hair serums, mousse, creamoil or other styling products that are according to your hair type. Apply your chosen hair product evenly on your hair.

Attach a Diffuser to the Nozzle of Hair Dryer: The ones who have curly hair and want to keep their curls intact, should attach use hair dryer with diffuser to dry hair. Flip your head upside down and start blow drying your curly hair, keeping the dryer at 5 to 6 inches distance from your hair. Remember to set the heat temperature to medium or low. Start drying your hair from the nape of your neck and temples, moving gradually towards the shafts. Avoid blow drying your shaft too much as they are already dry.

These are essential tips to follow because if your hair is exposed to excessive heat, it will lose moisture and get damaged and frizzy. Moreover, diffuser is effective for curly and wavy hair, not for straight hair. Hence, the ones with straight hair don’t need to attach diffuser to their hair dryer, and can follow the rest steps. 


As stated earlier, it of outmost importance to adjust temperature of your hair dryer according to your hair type. For instance, if you have frizzy, thin and rough-textured hair, set the temperature of your hair dryer between 200 degrees to 300 degrees. The ones with thick and voluminous hair should set the temperature between 350 to 400 degrees as this type of hair will not get dry in less temperature. Moreover, when you are blow drying your hair, avoid directing it at specific area, rather move it, keeping at distance all over your hair time to time. Apart from this, we recommend you to dry your hair naturally using hair products. Excessive blow dry can damage and dry out your hair immensely. 


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Grace Harris is a fashion expert who specializes in nail art and design. she is a fashion blogger and writes articles on beauty, skin care and latest nail art designs.

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