February 6, 2011

Tip From My Hair Dresser: Blow Dry Your Hair Until it Shines!

blow dryer
I use a Gold 'N Hot blow dryer. I love it because it has the ion button.
What do you use?

Yesterday I trekked all the way from Long Island to New Jersey to visit my hair dresser, who I think is the crème de la crème when it comes to doing black hair. Lord knows I'm a diva, and I don't trust just anyone when it comes to pampering me. It's not only his skills that are impeccable, but his knowledge when it comes to hair care.

I was 13 when I started going to Ron (that's his name). Afraid of the hot curler, and constantly flinching, Ron flipped the curler in the air and caught it with one hand to prove to me that I would not get burned. He puts up with my crying fits, indecisiveness when it comes to how my hair should be styled, and is part of the reason I decided to cut my hair.

Bottom line, a good hair dresser is hard to come by, so I never get a perm from anyone but him. I also only go to him for hair advice. If I ever have a question about something I heard about hair, I ask him, he explains, and then it all makes sense to me.

So yesterday while he was blow drying my hair, he said, "Wow, your hair retains a lot of water."

"Oh, it does?"

It must have been at least 15 minutes. "Yeah, I can't believe I'm still blow drying."

"Hm. Well, I never dry my hair fully. I get lazy and just dry it for like 5 minutes and go on my day with moist hair."

"Well, you really shouldn't. You should dry your hair until it shines. Once it shines, you'll know your cuticles are closed. If your cuticles are open, your hair is dull."

No one wants dull hair, right?

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