Why Does My Hair Dry So Slow?

If you've ever wondered why your hair takes forever to dry, you're one of many. Loads of people wake up in the morning with suspiciously damp or wet hair, toil through lengthy blow-drying sessions, or wait hours upon hours for their hair to air dry. We all want to shave time off of our hair care and styling routines, and we're going to help you do just that. In this blog post, we'll reveal several potential culprits behind slow-drying hair. 

Your Hair is Thick or Dense

If you have thick or dense hair, you probably spend a ton of time drying your hair. That's to be expected because you have a lot of hair, and more hair means more surface area for water to evaporate from. Those with thin or fine hair, by contrast, enjoy much quicker drying times since there's less hair to dry. To dry your thick strands quicker, choose a high-quality blow dryer with at least 1875 watts of power. You need a heavy-duty blow dryer to blast through all of that hair. 

You Live in an Area of High Humidity

In areas of high humidity, the air is jam-packed with moisture. That moisture makes its way into your hair and can cause it to dry more slowly than it would in drier climates. If you live in a humid area and find that your hair is taking forever to dry, you might want to consider using a dehumidifier in your home. This will remove some of the moisture from the air, which could help speed up your hair-drying process.

You Have Low Porosity Hair

Your hair porosity levels have a lot to do with how quickly your hair dries. Hair porosity refers to how readily your hair accepts and releases moisture. Low porosity hair has tightly closed cuticles that hold onto water, resulting in slower drying times. If you have low porosity hair, use a blow dryer until your hair is about 70% dry, and then air-dry the rest of the way if that's what you prefer. Solely air drying may not be an option.

You're Using the Wrong Products

The products you use on your hair can also affect how quickly it dries. If you're using products that are too heavy, they can weigh down your hair and extend your drying time. Switch out heavy products with lighter ones, like water-based spray leave-in conditioners vs. cream leave-ins, and lightweight hydrating oils instead of sealing oils. Over time, you'll realize that your hair is drying a bit quicker.

Products to Help Speed Up Drying Time

Did you know that there are products on the market that promise to speed up your hair drying time? Here are a few of them: 

  • Microfiber Towel - Microfiber towels are great for quickly absorbing water from your hair without causing any damage. Just wrap your hair in the towel, go about your business for a half hour or so, and then take your hair down to air dry.

  • Hair Diffuser - Hair diffusers alter the airflow of your hair dryer, enabling you to dry your hair more quickly and evenly. 

  • Blow Dry Sprays - Blow dry sprays contain ingredients that speed up moisture evaporation for quicker drying. 

So, there you have it - several reasons why your hair is taking forever to dry and remedies you can try at home to save some time. We hope that you found this article helpful, and we wish you the best with your hair! 



Author: Andrea Reyes

Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.

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