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Blow Dry versus Air Dry: What’s better for my hair?

 

TRUE OR FALSE?

 
 
Blow drying your hair is BAD.
Air drying your hair is GOOD.
 
     
     
 
It’s a common assumption by many that blow drying (or applying heat) to your hair is bad, and air drying your hair is good. However, understanding a little about the anatomy of your hair will go a long way in explain why this may be a misconception.
 
 
 
  How and Why Hair Can Get Damaged.  
 

Anatomy of Hair

Hair is made of protein called Keratin in shingle-like structures named cuticles. And like shingles on a rooftop, as long as the structure is not physically damaged or moisture soaks in, it remaining strong and protective.

At the roots, hair follicle anchors into the scalp, and there it grows to build the hair shaft made of Keratin. Hence, the health of your hair, including hair thickness and hair loss, is linked to the health of your scalp.

How Hair Gets Damaged

So, an unhealthy hair can be the result of hair getting damaged, the scalp becoming weak, or both. When your hair becomes stretched, rubbed, gets too dry, or gets wet for too long, it will get damage.

Also, your hair will get damaged if your scalp gets damaged by rubbing, getting too dry, or getting too wet for an extended period (Like wilted fingers during a bath, this softens the scalp and weakening the follicles). Additionally, prolonged wet scalp can lead to fungal infection.

 
  So What's the Real Impact of Air Drying or Blow Drying?  

Problem with Air Drying Hair

The act of air drying your hair is not a problem.  The real problem is allowing moisture to remain in your hair and especially in your scalp for couple of hours, which is how long moisture can remain if tied in a ponytail.  Also excessively rubbing your hair with a towel will strip and rip; brushing wet hair will stretch and split; and allowing it to move freely wet will result in abrasion or cause it to knot.

 

What's Recommended?

Leaving your hair and scalp to air dry will result in some level of damage. Over blow drying and stressing your hair will also result in some level of damage.

So, the healthiest option is to mostly blow dry your scalp and moderately blow dry your hair with medium temperature, and then brush and style your hair so that it will not frizz, tangle, and knot. Additionally, blow drying at an angle away from the scalp will also help re-seal the wet cuticles for a tighter seal and a shinier look.

For a customized recommendation for your hair, whether still wanting to air drying or blow drying, make an appointment to see one of our experts for a personalized approach for you.

Problem with Blow Drying Hair

Like air drying, blow drying your hair is not a problem. The problem is overheating and over drying your hair, and brushing it too hard. Essentially, you’re taking out all the moisture and then pulling it to a point of hair shaft structural weakening or breakage.

 

 

 

 

Hint: Blow dry down down away from the root to the end to help seal the hair cuticles.

  Do's and Don'ts Recap      
 

Do’s

  • Do use blow dryer to dry your scalp and hair.  Moderate heat is ok.
  • At the lease, blow dry your scalp and the roots even if you leave you the length of your hair moist.
  • Do use heat and tangle proof protectant products.
  • Do blow dry at an angle away from the roots toward the ends.
 

Don’ts

  • Don’t over brush or comb your hair when wet.
  • Don’t roll up wet hair on scalp and let it sit.
  • Don’t over heat and over dry your scalp and hair.
  • Don’t leave hair un-styled or at least untidied to allow it to frizz or tangle.

 
 

Misconceptions

  • Air drying your hair is better than blow drying your hair.
  • Blow drying your hair will cause damage to your hair.
  • Using products and styling my hair will cause stress to my hair.
  • Additionally,
 
 

Facts

  • When used timely and moderately, blow drying is better for scalp and hair.
  • Air drying (like over washing) over an extended period can cause scalp to compensate, over produce oil leaving hair more oily, and causing you to fight the imbalance with more and more shampoo for oily scalp and hair.
 
         
 

About Emily J Salon

Emily J is one of Atlanta's top full service hair, makeup and skin care salon located in Duluth, GA and Atlanta, GA (Emory University).  Our expertise is in precision haircuts, custom color & balayage, keratin treatment, permanent waves & straightening, skin care, makeup, and bridal services. 

Emily J's team is comprised of top international master hair stylists, makeup artists, and estheticians.  Each and every one of the servicing professionals are trained in the finest techniques and recognized as leaders in their disciplines.  Just observe and you'll see the difference in how Emily J's stylists cut and feel the difference in how Emily J's estheticians treat.

 
 

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BLOG / GALLERY   Welcome to our blog and photo gallery.  Here, we post interesting blogs, photos and videos of some of our thoughts, work and play.  Stop by periodically for inspiration or just a laugh. 

Scoll below and click on the photo to see the complete blog or porfolio set.

 

           

How Do I Get Hair Color Without Damage?
Blog 3
 

  Hair Color Without Damage  

How do I get the color I want while avoiding or minimizing damage?

Learn the different type of color products and how hair color works.

 
           
           
           

Box Color vs. Salon Color: What’s Better?
Blog 2
 

  Box vs Salon Color  

Pro's and Con's of Box Color vs. Salon Color

Learn how to select the right one for you.

 
           
           
           

Blow Dry versus Air Dry, What's Better for My Hair?
Blog 1
 

   

True of False?

  • Blow Drying your hair is BAD.
  • Air Drying your hair is GOOD.

Learn from the experts. Separate fact from fiction.

 
           
           
           
EMILY J AVEDA - EMORY SALON PHOTOS
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  Emily J Aveda - Emory   PHOTO TOUR OF OUR EMORY SALON

Take a look at our new modern, luxury salon in Atlanta located near Emory University and the CDC. 

 
           
           
           
EMILY J AVEDA - DULUTH SALON PHOTOS
Gallery 9
 
  Emily J Aveda - Duluth   PHOTO TOUR OF OUR DULUTH SALON

Take a look at our original luxury salon located near the Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth, GA.

 
           
           
           
2017 AVEDA COLLECTION
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  Illuminate Yourself   ILLUMINATE YOURSELF

NEW FACE-FRAMING ECLIPTING HAIR COLOR SERVICE

Take a look at our new illuminating collection, and come in for a free consultation to see how we can brighten your appearance to match the true you inside.

 
           
           
           
2016 EMILY J MAKEUP AND HAIR COLLECTION
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  2016 Emily J Makeup and Hair Collection2016 Emily J Brial Makeup and Hair Collection   2016 EMILY J MAKEUP AND HAIR COLLECTION

This collection focuses on blending a mix of classic styling with a modern twist.

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Traditional and casual bridal makeup and hair

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Editorial updo styling

> Men's haircut and coloring

> Textured and wavy styling
 
           
           
           
PINK HAIR AND MAKEUP MAKEOVER
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  Pink Hair and Makeup MakeoverCONDITION:  Natural brunette hair with light makeup and bright red/orange lip coloring.
DESIRE CHANGE:  Pastel pink hair with slightly violet highlights, and pinkish contouring makeup for smoothing out facial features.
 
  PREP
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Color stripped natural brunette coloring once with Aveda Enlightner, and erased makeup with Aveda makeup remover and cleanser.
STYLE
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Colored overall hair pastel pink and added violet highlights to add a little depth.
> Used pink makeup accents to match the hair coloring, along with contour shading to smooth out the facial features.
> Cut female style, two block haircut for as stylish short cut look with ease of handling.
FINISH
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Blow dried with Aveda Flax Seed Aloe near the roots and completed the styling with Light Elements Texturizing Creme for a light natural look.
 
           
           
           
FEELING PASTEL BLUE
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  Feeling Pastel Blue.CONDITION:  Previously colored lighter brown with dark brown new growth.
DESIRE CHANGE:  Pastel blue up top with a short cut around the sides and back.
  PREP
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Sectioned and enlightened top part of hair with Aveda Enlightener with slight adjustment for new growth and previously colored hair.

STYLE
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Colored with Aveda Full Spectrum Blue and low color catalyst to ensure a lighter pastel blue.
> Short cut around the sides and back with a longer cut at top.

FINISH
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Completed style with Aveda Men Pure-Formance Pomade for pliable control and shine.
 
           
           
           
BRUNETTE TO BLONDE
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  Brunette to BlondeCONDITION:  Dark brown with previous orange/brown coloring.ark brown with previous orange/brown coloring.
DESIRE CHANGE:  Blonde with healthier and smoother hair.
  PREP
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Applied Aveda Damage Remedy Treatment to address previous heat and color damage.
STYLE
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Color stripped orange/brown 2X with Aveda Enlightner, and colored overall hair light champaign blonde and added shadow lighting front top (for depth movement) with Aveda Full Spectrum.
> Cut single length with slicing on the inner sides for lighter weight, improved flow, and satin look.
FINISH
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Styled with Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener for the smooth, polished look.
 
           
           
           
BLACK TO CELTIC RED
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  Black to Celtic RedCONDITION:  Black / brown with frizzy dry hair.
DESIRE CHANGE:  Healthy natural flowing hair with Aveda Celtic Red coloring.
  PREP
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Pre treated hair with Aveda Dry Remedy Treatment.
STYLE
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Added lighting and color stipped with Aveda Enlightner for a natural blended effect, and colored overall hair with Aveda Full Spectrum Deep in Celtic Red.
> Only trimmed damaged ends in single length for a healthier look.
FINISH
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Blow dried with Aveda Brilliant Damange Control and applied Aveda Light Element Smoothing Fluid for a weightless shine.
 
           
           
           
AVEDA SPRING / SUMMER 2014 CULTURE CLASH COLLECTION
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  Emily J Aveda Salon Spring Summer 2014 Culture Clash CollectionTake a look at the Aveda Culture Clash Collection here and get inspired to update your style and makeup with Emily J Salon.
  CULTURE CLASH COLLECTION
Inspiration from around the globe.  The looks are a collision of gritty and glamorous – tribal, folkloric, futuristic and chic.
 
           
           
           
CURLY TO STRAIGHT
WITH VOLUME
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  Emily J Aveda Salon Curly to StraightCONDITION:  Hard to manage curly hair.
DESIRE CHANGE:  Smooth permanent straight hair with volume to ease daily morning preparation.
  PREP
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Conducted pre-perm tests (elasticity, porocity, and incompatibility) to determine correct strength of lotion, development time, and feasibility.
STYLE
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Applied customized permanent straigtening solution and utilized volumizing curved iron to straigten hair.
> Cut volume straightened hair with a stylish bob cut for desired look and management.
FINISH
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Finished styling with Aveda Brilliant Damange Control and Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener for a smooth textured look.
 
           
           
           


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