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Things I Don’t Do: Hair Dryers

By Glinda

Aside from the unfortunate period in my life (approximately 1989-1991) when I had a spiral perm which required the use of a diffuser, I’ve mostly managed to avoid hairdryers.  I think I also used them a bit in high school, but after the perm fiasco (which I don’t like to speak about) I’ve used them only for special occasions.  I kept the same dryer for about ten years until it went kaput about four years ago.  Since then, I’ve bought two different ones.

For every day wear, my biggest styling tools are a towel and a comb.

It helps, of course, that I have no bangs and for a very long time, had hair that was long and all one length.  And anyone with very long hair can tell you that the fastest shortcut to fried ends is daily use of a dryer.  My current hairstyle is long but layered, and can handle a bunch of styling or no handling at all, depending on what I want to do.

Say what you will about special shampoos and conditioners with heat protectants and space-age dryers with ionizers and crystallizers and who knows what else.   I tried quite a few and always ended up with the same result.  My hair doesn’t like dry heat.  Oh sure, it will look really good for the first few weeks.  I will be seduced by the smoothness and shininess of my hair. But eventually it will protest by looking really, really crappy no matter what.   Then I have to have three inches cut off the ends so that it will look decently healthy.

To me, not worth it as a daily thing.

I know some ladies who would sooner give up their morning coffee than their dryers, and good for them.  If they have hair that works well with a dryer long-term, I’m glad and possibly a teensy bit jealous.

Maybe I’m doing it all wrong?


6 Responses to “Things I Don’t Do: Hair Dryers”

  1. Jenny Says:

    I’m with you, I don’t like to use a hairdryer unless I need to quickly dry my hair for a special occasion or I’m taking a morning shower on a freezing cold day.

  2. La Petite Acadienne Says:

    Yeah, I can’t see how daily drying can ever be good for the hair. I use a hair dryer, as my hair is just unmanageable if not blow-dried into submission, but a good blowout lasts me at least 4 days. So that makes a big difference right there.

  3. Cassie Says:

    I only ever use heat styling for special occasions (and by that I mean, weddings, funerals, and Halloween). It’s been that way for several years, and every single time I go to my stylist, he coos “Oh, god, your hair is SO healthy!”

    Luckily, I have hair that I can skip the dryer with, otherwise it might be a different story.

  4. Jelly Says:

    My usual hairstyling technique is a pony tail or ponytail bob (where you only pull the hair half-through on the last twist). It can’t be great for split-ends either, but I can’t find myself caring all that much as I rush out of the house just on time.

    I’m the same as Jenny – special occasions, or if my grandmother would have told me I’d catch my death of cold. Since my hair flat-out refuses to do anything I tell it to, I generally leave it to its own devices… which my boyfriend is getting annoyed by, since it tends to shed very rapidly. And not even reverse-psychology works.

  5. Cat Says:

    I don’t use a hairdryer because I don’t have that kind of time. My hair is thick and curly and takes far too long to blow dry. I also have rheumatoid arthritis and my hands can’t handle holding and manipulating a hairdryer for any length of time. I wash my hair, put a bit of curl cream in, and let it do its thing.

  6. Livia Says:

    I never use a blow dryer since I let my hair grow. It’s a mostly natural blonde, no bangs, blunt cut, fine, long, straight, very shiny. I part it on one side, carefully comb out the tangles, and that is it. I trim the ends 1-2 times a year.

    To avoid damaging my long hair, I simply don’t do the stuff I did when it was short and had to be “fixed” every day before I could leave the house. But I don’t need to do any of that now anyway.

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