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This is why you should never air-dry your hair

Prima (UK) logo Prima (UK) 8/10/2018 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.

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

'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. 

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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