Should I blow dry my hair after shower? No, and a stylist tells you why

blow dry after washing hair

  • You shouldn’t blow dry your hair immediately after bathing.
  • Instead, you should wait until your hair is at least 80% dry. It means that the lengths and ends won’t be wet.
  • I’ll tell you some secrets for perfect blow-drying without ruining your hair.


 Do you want to blow-dry after showering? 


Oh, modern times, how we run after the clock!

We want to save time. And it happens to me, and I guess it happens to you too.

Don’t you find yourself cooking, answering Whatsapp, watching your favorite series on Netflix, and helping your little ones with their homework?


If that doesn’t happen to you, give me the secret formula to find time to do one thing at a time.

But I have to get serious. When it comes to hair, “dress me slowly, I’m in a hurry,” as Napoleon Bonaparte would say.

What do I mean?


Let’s see. If you just got out of the shower and want to blow-dry your hair, you’ll have to wait.

Wait if your kids are calling you, you miss the bus to the office, or your guy is impatient because you’re late for the movies.

 You shouldn’t blow-dry your hair when it’s completely wet. Not even when your hair is wet from root to tip.



Think. To blow-dry, you need to use a hair dryer and brush your hair.

 Do you know when hair is at its most fragile? 


Exactly. Hair is at its most fragile state when it is wet.

You can picture the damage you’d cause your hair by brushing it wet and blow-drying it later.

If you’re a fan of blow-drying, stay with me because I’ll reveal all the secrets to blow-dry your hair without risking its health.

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Why shouldn’t your hair be wet when blow-drying?

the dryer damages completely wet hair

The dryer evaporates the excess water from your hair to dry it.

But, if you’ve washed your hair and you just got out of the shower, the cuticles of your hair are still open because they absorb the water slowly.

What would happen if you dry your hair after taking a shower?

  • Do you think that only the excess water on the outside of your hair will evaporate?
  • Or, will all the water in your mane evaporate?


If you chose the second answer, you’re right!

Hair needs lots of moisture to stay healthy, shiny, and resilient. When you wash it, your cuticles open up and absorb more moisture from water.

 If you blow-dry your hair when it’s wet, the heat from the dryer will evaporate the moisture from your hair because the cuticles are still open. 


Therefore, you should wait until your hair is 80% dry.

How will you know?


You’ll notice that your hair is 80% dry when the lengths are dry. . Therefore, only the roots will be wet.

So, when you get out of the shower, you can do any of these if you need to blow-dry your hair:

  • Wait for your hair to air dry.
  • Wait for your hair to dry while wrapped in a towel.
  • Dry your hair with an old cotton T-shirt.
 What you should never do is rub, massage, or dry your hair with a towel because it causes friction. 

If you rub the towel on your wet hair too hard, you’ll break the cuticles. And if that happens, you’ll damage your hair and frizz will appear.


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So, you already know that you shouldn’t blow-dry when it’s wet. Now, I’ll let you in on a few secrets for a perfect blow-dry.


How to blow-dry your hair without damaging it

You can start blow-drying your hair when it’s 80% dry.

Here are three professional secrets to help you achieve salon results.


Divide your hair into sections

Yes, you’ll need to be patient and divide your hair into sections. I recommend that you save the front sections because they’ll take the most time.

 Start with the back sections. Wrap 5 cm-long strands with the brush and blow-dry downwards. 

Always point the nozzle downwards along the hair shaft to allow the cuticle to close and to create that smooth, glossy effect.

If you do it in the opposite direction, from the bottom up, your hair will be puffed like in the 80s.


Use a specific brush for blow-drying

brushes for blow drying that do not damage the hair

Use a round brush.

  •  If you want tighter waves,  you should use the smaller ones.
  •  Alternatively, for softer and more natural waves,  use a larger brush.

I also recommend that you use professional brushes that are resistant to high temperatures because brushes with plastic or nylon bristles can melt in your hair.


Clean the back of your dryer

Make sure you have a good  hair dryer with at least 3600 revolutions.. 

Also, periodically check the rear, where the filter is located, and remove any lint or dirt that may be stuck.

That dirt reduces the power and extends the process unnecessarily.



You should never blow-dry after showering. Blow-drying wet or dripping hair is just as damaging as bleaching with a 50-volume developer.

It could dry out your hair and even burn it completely.

So, if you want to blow dry after showering, you should wait until your hair is at least 80% dry.

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