Hair Care Tips You (Maybe) Never Knew: 1

I've used the same hairdresser forever. He has a lifetime of experience studying the chemistry of hair, treating hair loss, and understanding the care and feeding of the hair and scalp – and after all these years, he's still passionate about his work (how many people can say that?). Every hair care tip he has ever given me has made a positive difference to my hair and scalp, so I've decided it's time I shared his wisdom with you.

Because most of these tips deserve a bit of explanation, we're going to take them one at a time. You may already know some of them, but if you don't, your hair and scalp is in for a world of good. Todays tip was a real eye opener for me.

TIP 1. It's Hot To Blot

Always gently blot your hair to remove excess water. Even better: wrap wet hair in a towel – Hollywood style – and leave it for a few minutes while you do something else (like wiping down the shower, putting on your moisturizer, or performing a 3-minute vocal solo).

Why

Rubbing your hair and scalp with a towel thins and stresses the hair, encouraging split ends and breakage – much more than you may imagine.

When my hairdresser explained in detail how the damaging results of vigorous towel-drying are immediately visible if you view strands of hair under a microscope, the image stuck. I have forever since recalled it every time I reach for a towel to BLOT my wet hair.

PS. This tip is good for ALL hair types: straight, wavy, curly, koily, kinky, dry, greasy, thinning, heavy, dandruffy, sensitive, dyed, straightened, bleached, permed, impossible, frizzy, spongy, crunchy and all other manner of head hair.

PPS.
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Comments

K said…
Hi Lisalise!

This hair tip opened my eyes COMPLETELY a few years ago. I don't have tangles or hopelessly dry hair anymore!

I will note, though, that blotting (or plonking) with a T-shirt, cotton pillowcase or a cheap pashmina is even BETTER for those of us prone to dry hair (especially those of us with curls!). If I wrap my hair up in a towel, it goes straight and frizzy. If I plonk it in something soft and cottony, it maintains its curl.

(I use the same idea on my skin in the winter... it's -40oC and DRY here these days, and while most of the city is suffering from dry patches on their skin, my skin has never felt better!)
LisaLise said…
Hi K,
That is an absolutely awesome tip! Thanks so much for sharing. :)
april said…
This is so interesting about the t-shirt! I stopped rubbing my hair years ago. I just wrap it as I leave the shower, then remove the towel after about 5 min when I feel the excess water is gone. My hair is shoulder length, corkscrew curly, mixed-ethnicity and holds a lot of water! I am not sure that a t-shirt is absorbent enough, but I'd be willing to try something different if it would benefit my hair, which breaks easily. I'm so glad I came across this post and this website!!
LisaLise said…
Hey there April - I am so pleased if this has been of some help. Thanks so much for your kind words! Are you using anything to lock in moisture? This would help prevent breakage...