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Old 07-06-2013, 08:14 AM   #1
 
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Hey,

So, I'm transitioning (a year today!) and I haven't used any heat, letting my hair air dry this entire year past. So, I was watching MahoganyCurls on youtube, and in her latest two videos she said that she'd blown out her hair using cool. I've thought about doing this. A few questions:

1) Is blow dying on cool damaging?
2) How long does cool air take to dry the hair?
3) How--I don't know how to blow out curly hair. I only use my fingers to detangle, what type of comb or brush would I need? I've looked up a little about the tension method, would that work?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:19 AM   #2
 
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:27 AM   #3
 
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THE NATURAL HAVEN: Blow Drying Reduces Moisture in Hair (even with low heat!)
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Thanks for your two responses. I'd actually already read that article on the haven, but I wanted to get personal anecdotes rather than just scientific reasoning. Ya know, people often have mixed results.

As for the first link, that's really helpful to know that the cool air really does get it dry, but I'm asking about blowing the hair out, not diffusing. So, blowing out the curl into a big, fluffy, straight-ish state.
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Oooo, my apologies, I have done that as well but I have better results using the warm setting.
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Thanks for your two responses. I'd actually already read that article on the haven, but I wanted to get personal anecdotes rather than just scientific reasoning. Ya know, people often have mixed results.

As for the first link, that's really helpful to know that the cool air really does get it dry, but I'm asking about blowing the hair out, not diffusing. So, blowing out the curl into a big, fluffy, straight-ish state.
The problem with anecdotes in this scenario is that we can't see most of the damage done without a microscope. Plus it's difficult to separate the damage done by repeatedly brushing damp hair from the damage done by the heat or air flow, mechanical damage is a killer, brushing wet hair is linked to mid shaft splits. Going to fully dry will also give a different result in terms of dehydration to leaving slightly damp. The variables are why people have mixed results.

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Ok, so, I'm impatient and didn't want to wait and see if anyone had anymore input. I blew out my hair on cool air, low force, and it worked surprisingly well! Took a bit of time, maybe an hour or 1.5--however, I'm slow going when it comes to my hair. It could take anyone else 20mins-1hour, probably. (I used the concentrator attachment, by the way.)

Every now and then I grew slightly wary, as the air would feel moderately warm on my dry skin, but I didn't fret over it too much.

Where the problem DID come in, however, was with breakage. And this, I presume, from my wide tooth comb. I almost never use a comb in my hair, opting to finger detangle with conditioner and style using only my hands instead. This being the case, I rarely ever see breakage. Today, I saw little bits of hair around the sink, and I HATED that. It's cut down my drying time, but at what cost? I'd rather wait 1-3 days for my hair to fully dry than to have it break.

Solution? I might try again, but next time, just do it all around or with the diffuser, focusing on getting it dry, rather than eliminating my curl pattern. No need for a comb, then. I don't think it will be very soon, though, as I don't want to expose my hair to the force of the winds very often.
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Sorry to read you experienced breakage. Is wet wrapping too slow with the amount of hair you have?
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