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8 Hair Myths That You Should Just Forget Already

PureWow Logo By letters@purewow.com (Jenny Jin) of PureWow | Slide 1 of 8: <p><strong>Truth:</strong> One <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3229938/">study</a> revealed that while blow-drying hair causes more damage to the hair’s surface, air-drying hair can cause damage within the strands themselves. When your hair is exposed to water for extended periods of time (let’s say, the hour it takes for your hair to dry on its own), it swells up and puts pressure on the proteins that keep your hair intact. Your best bet? Air-dry until hair is about 75 percent of the way there. Then, put your dryer on a low heat setting and dry the rest of your hair to finish.</p>

Myth: Air-drying is better than blow-drying

Truth: One study revealed that while blow-drying hair causes more damage to the hair’s surface, air-drying hair can cause damage within the strands themselves. When your hair is exposed to water for extended periods of time (let’s say, the hour it takes for your hair to dry on its own), it swells up and puts pressure on the proteins that keep your hair intact. Your best bet? Air-dry until hair is about 75 percent of the way there. Then, put your dryer on a low heat setting and dry the rest of your hair to finish.

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