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I rarely blow-dry my hair. Maybe once every other week or once a month. I wash my hair twice a week and normally let it air-dry overnight. I know that's better for my hair, but when it comes down to it, I like the way my hair behaves better when I've blow-dried it. It's straighter, smoother and looks nicer.<br><br><br><br>
I don't use a lot of hair productsjust shampoo, conditioner and gloss drops. Is there a way to get the same feel as blow-drying without destroying my hair?
 

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Really, as far as I have found there is no sub for blowdrying, but unless you're trying to grow or maintain long hair there isn't much reason for you not to. I'm growing my hair to my butt (it's waist length now) so no blow dryer for me, but if I was keeping my hair around my shoulders and only washed my hair twice a week I would probably blow dry it if I prefered it that way.<br><br><br><br>
I've always been too lazy to heat style so it wasn't actually a change for me.<br><br>
I do put aloe gel in my hair as it dries so that it will lay a bit better though.
 

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<span style="color:#008000;">^^^ Yep. It's the heat of the blowdryer that makes your hair feel differently and lie more smoothly because the hair's cuticle opens from the heat and makes it more easily shaped. Once the hair cools back down, the cuticle layer closes again.</span>
 

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Oh, I do a apple cider vinegar rinse (a few tbs/cup of H2O experiment for your hair) and it does help smooth the hair and lay down the cuticle. It's not as nice as blowdrying would be but it's helped tons with my hair and the hard water where I live.
 

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If you use a decent shampoo and conditioner, and then maybe a heat protectant, you shouldn't have a problem. I get a lot of compliments on my hair, and I wash it daily and blow dry & flat iron it at least 6, if not 7 days a week. I very rarely use a heat protectant, or put anything else in it. I also get thermal straightening done (CHI.) I put a lot of stock into a good shampoo & conditioner.
 

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Thebelovedtree, I'm not trying to grow my hair out. I like it at its current length, which is between shoulders and horizontal bra-strap length. I get it trimmed every four months or so.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Jessica Alana</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
If you use a decent shampoo and conditioner, and then maybe a heat protectant, you shouldn't have a problem. I get a lot of compliments on my hair, and I wash it daily and blow dry & flat iron it at least 6, if not 7 days a week. I very rarely use a heat protectant, or put anything else in it. I also get thermal straightening done (CHI.) I put a lot of stock into a good shampoo & conditioner.</div>
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I would love to buy Paul Mitchell shampoo and conditioner because I adore their gloss drops and their anti-animal testing policies, but it's so expensive, you know? I feel I can justify $14 for a little bottle of gloss drops because I go through it slowly. I would use more shampoo and conditioner than I do gloss drops, even at just twice a week. Well, it can't hurt to buy one bottle of each and see if I like them that much more to make the price worthwhile.
 
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