ate her, you’re trying to take the best care of it. But are you really doing that right? Do you need to dry your hair or blow-dry it? When do you apply styling products and are you allowed to sleep with wet hair? These are the questions that we will discuss in more detail in this article about wet hair.
Tip: Would you like to know what you should and shouldn’t do while washing your hair? In our article 14 errors that you make while washing your hair we discuss in detail what you should do and do not do in the shower.
1. Dry rubbing
The first thing you want to do after washing your hair: get your hair dry. But it’s better to leave out the towel rubbing. The friction can only further damage the wet, fragile hair. Instead, you’d better dab your hair dry. Make sure you use a towel with a fine structure. The coarser the towel, the worse it is for your vulnerable hairs.
Tip: To get the worst water out of your hair, you can squeeze your hair from top to bottom. You can squeeze out most of the water. Make sure you squeeze straight down, so don’t twist your hair to squeeze out the water.
2. Direct blow-drying
Another way to get your hair dry quickly: the hairdryer. But wait a while with the hairdryer. If you start blow-drying right away when your hair is still dripping from the water, this is only bad for your hair. You then literally blow dry air into your open hair cuticles, which become even more brittle and fragile as a result. It also takes a long time, so just wait until your hair is only damp before you take the hairdryer.
Tip: If you don’t like the idea of walking around with wet hair, you can put a towel with a fine structure over your head. Bend forward, throw the towel over your head and grab the towel with hair in the middle. Turn the whole thing once and then hit the end backwards. Voila, hammam towel style! You can easily put on your clothes while your hair already dries a little. If you’re dressed, take the towel out of your hair and model it with a hair dryer and comb.
3. Brushing and combing
Opinions differ widely about whether or not to brush wet hair. Some say that you shouldn’t do it at all, while others say that you can do it with the right brush. It also depends on your hair type: with curly or frizzy hair it is advisable to brush while it is still wet. You can also read more about it in our blog about brushing your hair when it’s still wet: do or don’t do it? In general, we don’t recommend brushing wet hair, but brushing and combing damp hair if you have the right brush and/or comb.
Tip: detangling with your hands is not recommended anyway, whether you have wet hair or not. Your fingers are simply too coarse to get a precise tangle out of them. You are more likely to tear your hair apart.
4. Applying styling products
Is this a don’t? In principle, you can decide for yourself whether or not you want to apply styling products to wet hair, but it simply doesn’t make sense yet. Styling products can’t do their job optimally on wet hair, so it’s better to wait until your hair is just a little damp. However, after your hair is a little drier, you can already apply a detangling spray. If you then brush your damp bristles, this will be a lot easier.
5. Making buns or braids
It’s best to knot those wet hairs directly into a bun or braid so that you don’t walk around with wet strands in your face. However, this can cause extra damage to your hair. If you like to make a bun or braid, try to make sure that they are loose buns or braids. It’s even better to turn your hair up in a tail in one stroke, and secure it with a coarse clip. At Zenner they have large hair clips available with rubber, so the clip stays in place. Your hairs are out of the way and are not too tight.
6. Sleeping with wet hair
If you wash your hair in the evening, make sure your hair is dry before you get into bed. Sleeping with wet hair can cause extra damage to your hair, as you can rub along your pillow with open hair scales. Ending your wash with a jet of cold water will close the hair cuticles, reducing damage to your hair. If you then also dry your hair, you’re already a long way off. If the hair no longer drips and feels a little drier, you can use a hairdryer. Are you afraid of crazy wrinkles in your hair? In our article about hair styling while you sleep we show you different ways to style your hair while you sleep. You can make a braid for example, as long as you make sure that the braid is not too tight.