Why Does My Hair Take So Long to Dry? Here are 6 Reasons

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Why does my hair take so long to dry

You’ve just washed your hair and you’re in a rush to get out of the house but your hair is taking so long to dry!

Or maybe you’ve visited the salon and the hair stylist commented that they took twice the time they usually take on other people’s hair to get it dry. 

In both scenarios, a question has probably popped up in your head.

That is:

Why Does My Hair Take So Long to Dry?

Several factors may make your hair take so long to dry, most of which are dependent on your hair structure. These include:

#1. Hair Porosity

The structure of low porosity hair makes it take longer to dry than high porosity hair.

With low porosity hair, your hair’s cuticles are tightly packed. 

This means that it is pretty hard for moisture to diffuse into your hair. But once it does get in, it becomes difficult for the water to diffuse out. 

If it’s hard for moisture to diffuse out of your hair, it will take longer to dry.

#2. Types of Products You Use

The type of products that you use on your hair as you wash your hair can have an effect on the length of time your hair takes to dry. 

Some products may contain humectants, which cause your hair to draw moisture from the air and onto the topmost layer of your hair. [1]

This helps keep your hair moisturized but when you are trying to get your hair to dry, it can prove to be a huge disadvantage.

Other products contain ingredients that tend to weigh down your hair, making it hard for it to dry faster.

#3. Hair Density

Hair density refers to the number of hair strands per square inch of your scalp. [2] As with other hair characteristics, hair density varies from person to person.

The denser the hair on your scalp is, the longer it will take for your hair to dry. This is because your hair strands are so close to each other that it becomes harder for water to escape.

#4. Curl Pattern

Curl pattern refers to the shape and size of your curls.

Some people have tight curls, others have wavy curls and others lose curls. Others might even have a coily curl pattern.

Tight and coily curl patterns have a harder time and may take longer to dry. This is because, with the structure of these hair types, water finds it harder to diffuse out of your hair.

#5. Hair Thickness

Not to be confused with hair density, hair thickness refers to the width of an individual hair strand. You can either have thin, medium, or thick hair.

As you might have guessed, the thicker your hair is, the longer that it will take to dry. A thick hair strand can hold a lot of moisture. Consequently, it will take a long time to lose all that moisture.

To put it into perspective, think of how long a fluffy heavy blanket tries to dry, versus a thin blanket.

#6. Environmental Factors

Yes, you read it right, the environment does have a role to play when it comes to how long your hair takes to dry.

Hair takes longer to dry in humid weather.

When your hair is drying, water evaporates from your strands therefore during humid weather, the air is already saturated with moisture, hence little evaporation takes place.

During cold weather, there is also little evaporation taking place. In both instances, your hair will take a long to lose its moisture.

How To Dry Hair Fast

#1. Use a T-shirt or Microfiber Towel to Drain Excess Water

While it may not dry your hair completely, using a cotton t-shirt or a microfiber towel helps drain excess water off your hair.

As a result, your hair takes half the time to become dry.

But you might be asking yourself, ‘Can’t I just use a normal towel?’

Well, a normal towel contains fibers that rough up your hair, causing frizzing and at some point breakage. Cotton t-shirts and microfiber towels are gentle to your curls, preventing all that.

#2. Plop Your Hair

Plopping is a common hair technique used to not only dry your hair but also makes your curls pop. All you need is a cotton t-shirt or a microfiber towel and some wet curls. 

Be forewarned though, learning how to plop your hair may take a while to master so don’t be surprised if you don’t get it right the first time.

Here is a tutorial by The Glam Belle;

#3. Blow Dry the Hair

Another way to dry your hair fast is to use a blow dry it.

When it comes to using heat on your hair, you need to be careful not to damage your hair and therefore here are some tips to consider:

  • Use the low or warm setting. The less the heat, the better.
  • Apply a heat protectant to your hair. A heat protectant forms a protective barrier against heat damage by coating your strands.
  •  Drain excess water from your hair before blow-drying it. By doing this, you’ll reduce the time you get into contact with heat by half.

#4. Let it Air Dry

If you still want your hair to maintain its curls, air drying may be the solution.

However, if you’re not careful, instead of having nice-looking curls, you may end up with a frizz ball. Here’s a simple process you can follow to avoid that:

  • After washing and conditioning your hair, drain off excess water from your hair.
  • Next, apply your desired styling products, ensuring each strand is covered.
  • In the final step let it air dry. 

See what I mean when I said it was simple?

#5. Stretch Your Hair

Last but not least is stretching your hair. This is a simple way to dry your hair without damaging it.  Stretching involves the use of hairstyles to stretch your hair, and in the process help it dry.

Examples of such hairstyles are:

  • Bantu knots
  • Twists 
  • Braids

Recap; Why Does it Take so Long to Dry My Hair

From this article, we’ve seen that hair takes so long to dry because of one or more of the following reasons:

  • Hair Porosity
  • Type of products you use.
  • Hair density
  • Hair thickness
  • Curl pattern
  • Environmental Factors

The majority of the factors that cause your hair to dry out such as your hair density or thickness are out of your control. There is nothing much you can do about them.

Nonetheless, there are some ways such as using a microfiber towel or plopping your hair that can help you speed up that process.

BTW, did you know hair porosity plays a key role in hair growth? Take this simple hair porosity test to determine if your hair is HIGH, LOW or NORMAL porosity.

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