Hair dryers are essential to the health of your hair and scalp. However, if used incorrectly, it can promote hair thinning. This section explains what to watch out for when using a hair dryer and how to use it correctly.
Incorrect use of a hair dryer is dangerous.
We use a hair dryer every day without thinking to dry our hair, but if used incorrectly, it can cause thinning hair. What you should pay attention to is the distance between the hair dryer and your hair and the duration of use. The heat from the dryer can damage your hair and scalp.
If your scalp turns red or your hair becomes unusually hot while using a hair dryer, it is a danger signal for damage. Learn about the effects of using the wrong hair dryer on your scalp and hair, and learn how to use it correctly.
Wrong hair dryer makes hair thinner.
One of the reasons hair dryers cause thinning is that they damage and thin the hair. The cuticle that protects the surface of the hair is very sensitive to heat and is destroyed at about 70 degrees Celsius.
Once the cuticle is destroyed, it cannot be repaired and the proteins in the hair will flow out, causing the hair to become thin and thin. As each strand of hair becomes thinner, the overall volume of the hair is lost and the hair appears to be thinning.
Are you using a hair dryer that damages your scalp?
Hot air from a hair dryer can also irritate the scalp. Heat irritation can trigger inflammation. When the scalp becomes inflamed, the strength of the hair follicles weakens, causing hair to fall out faster than the normal hair cycle.
Hair dryers applied close to the scalp can also cause drying of the scalp. Excessive dryness of the scalp destroys the natural barrier layer of the scalp, causing it to lose control of sebum and secrete excessive amounts of oil.
Healthy hair and scalp with the right hair dryer
A hair dryer is essential because leaving hair wet is not good for the scalp due to the growth of bacteria. Before using a hair dryer, towel dry your hair thoroughly and minimize the amount of time spent using the dryer.
When applying the hair dryer, keep it 30 cm away from the hair and wave your arms in small movements to prevent the hot air from continuously hitting one area of the hair. Switching from hot to cold air when hair is 70% to 80% dry will also protect hair from heat and excessive drying.
Speedily drying your hair helps the health of your hair and scalp. Use your hair dryer correctly for a better scalp environment.