Why does my hair take so long to dry?

I have 2c hair with some 3a's mixed in. I'll shower at night, sleep, and my hair won't be completely dry until around 2 in the afternoon. If I have my hair in a ponytail or bun, forget it, my hair won't be dry until it's 3rd day hair. Could this be from 10 years of bleach over dye over more dye and more bleach, and daily straightening for 4 years? Could it just be that my hair is so damaged that it wants to hold onto any water?

2 Answers

If you're air drying, I don't think it has to do with damage. I believe it has more to do with just how much air your hair is getting, how much there is, and how thick it is. When I air dry my hair, it dries slowly too, especially in the very middle of my hair. But my hair is really thick so I just suppose not much air is getting there so it dries slower than the outer parts of my hair. I also have low porosity hair which means my hair actually repels moisture. But low porosity hair is considered to be healthy! You probably have low porosity hair too, so you don't have to worry about it being unhealthy. I hope I helped! :)
I don't have thick hair and if I try to air dry soaking wet hair it will stay wet for up two days. Start with damp hair instead of soaking wet. If that still doesn't work use a diffuser. I don't believe we should be slaves to our hair