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This is why you should never air-dry your hair

Prima (UK) logo Prima (UK) 10/08/2018 Francesca Rice

A haircare expert has explained why leaving your hair wet can damage it.: This is why you should never air-dry your hair © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc This is why you should never air-dry your hair Hands up if you thought leaving your hair to dry naturally was good for it? Yep, same here. After all, we've always been told that heat equals bad news for your locks.

But, it turns out we might have been making a big haircare mistake by letting our hair air-dry – at least according to one expert, ghd's Dr Tim Moore.

Speaking at the launch of the cult brand's new platinum+ straighteners, the beauty expert revealed that leaving your hair wet can place pressure on the strands, ultimately weakening them.

Explaining that you 'shouldn't leave your hair wet for any extended period of time', Dr Moore told Yahoo:

a person with collar shirt: For volume and hold, use hairspray and your hairdryer at the same time © Yuri_Arcurs - Getty Images For volume and hold, use hairspray and your hairdryer at the same time 'The hair is made up of a cortex, which is the area that pulls the shape of your hair, and then cuticles around the side, which are a bit like roof tiles,' he said, before adding that strands swell when they're wet, putting pressure on these cuticles.

'The other thing is that when the hair is wet it loses its strength,' he continued. 'So, the hair is half as strong when it’s wet.'

As a result, Dr Moore told Yahoo that you put your hair at risk of broken and split ends if you leave it soaking wet. Especially because freshly washed hair has just been stripped of its natural oils, which apparently makes it even more vulnerable to damage.

Related: 8 of the Worst Things You Can Do to Your Hair (provided by POPSUGAR)

8 of the Worst Things You Can Do to Your Hair: If your bathroom is littered with hot tools and styling products, listen up. While giving your hair a lot of TLC can be a good thing, you might be doing too much of the wrong thing. A lot of hair faux pas can be pretty obvious, but some of our healthiest hair habits - like getting regular trims and using dry shampoo instead of water washing - can have disastrous results if not done properly, both short and long term.The first tip for doing what's best for your hair is to know your hair type. Once you know your hair type, you can determine exactly what it needs and what you can ditch. If you're unsure, try not to experiment. Instead, find a stylist you trust and get some advice. In the meantime, take a few cues from three pros on exactly what you should stop doing to your strands immediately. 8 of the Worst Things You Can Do to Your Hair

So what should you do instead? Well, to keep your hair in tip top condition, he recommends drying it with a hairdryer on a low heat to remove excess moisture, before turning the temperature up to style your locks as they dry.

We don't know about you but we don't even want to think about all the damage we might have done letting our hair dry naturally during the heatwave!

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