Since it is known that tress damage usually occurs as a result of hot tools, save blow drying sessions for special hair events when you really want to control your strand's ultimate texture.
When you must use a blow dryer, follow these helpful hints to minimize damage:
1 Use a thermal heat protection product to minimize heat damage.
2 If possible, invest in a dryer with at least two speeds and three heat settings to control moisture removal and easy setting of the desired style.
Note: Remember that using the highest blow dryer speeds and hottest settings remove dampness while the slower and cooler settings help to set and finish the ultimate style.
3 Use the "cool air" or cold shot button to set strands.
4 Never dry hair100%. Always leave a tiny bit of moisture in the strands. The best bet is to dry 90-95% and let the rest of the hair air-dry for a bouncy look, or finish with a flat iron for a sleek look.
5 Consider using one of the new blow dryers that offer less damaging. An ionic and ceramic heat source would be the best. Many people find that the new ionic and ceramic dryers not only dry hair much quicker they also minimize heat damage, they leave hair silky and frizz free.
6 Bend over at the waist and blow dry the underside of your strands to minimize blow dryer heat damage to the top of your cuticles, which are more exposed to the elements on a daily basis.
7 If you must blow dry, do 90% of your drying with your blow dryer. Then finish off with hot rollers or an iron Note: Another option is to wet set your hair with sponge or other rollers and then use the blow dryer directed at the curlers for a combo of fast drying and heat setting.
8 Offset blow drying with treatments regularly. Scheduled deep conditioning and strand pampering treatments. Remember that if you're addicted to regular blow drying, that hair will look and behave best when you drink lots of water to moisturize strands from the inside out. Hair behaves best when it is naturally lubricated from the roots out towards the strands.