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Why does my hair take so long to dry!?
« on: 09/01/2006 13:02:44 »
i'm hoping i'm asking the right people here! i have always noticed that my hair takes a ridiculously long time to dry after i have washed it, and recently my hairdresser confirmed this. why is this? is it the thickness of my hair or something to do with my individual strands of hair!? do they hold water more then other people's hair? why why why??? ?

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Re: Why does my hair take so long to dry!?
« Reply #1 on: 09/01/2006 13:27:05 »
Is your hair particularly fine, or coarse? Have you dyed it a lot? Do you have a lot of it? Do you let it dry in a pony tail - that takes days this time of year etc.

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Re: Why does my hair take so long to dry!?
« Reply #2 on: 09/01/2006 15:35:29 »
My eldest daughter has long thick hair which also takes forever and a day to dry , whereas my other daughter, her hair is very fine and dries quite quickly. I reckon it's the thickness of your hair...I'm afraid that's the price you pay for hirsute happiness !!

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Re: Why does my hair take so long to dry!?
« Reply #3 on: 09/01/2006 23:54:34 »
Have you never noticed that on some days the air seems "wetter" than on others? This is referred to as being humid. The higher the humidity, the wetter the air. Sweating is the body's way of removing excess heat. However, on a humid day the air is already saturated with water so the sweat stays on you. That's why humid heat always seems hotter than the same temperature in a "dry" heat.
In effect, the atmosphere acts like a sponge and absorbs the water by the process known as evaporation. In order for evaporation to take place the humidity of the atmosphere must be less than the evaporating surface. So, if the relative humidity is 100%, evaporation will not take place.
The rate of evaporation depends on temperature and wind, as well as humidity.

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Re: Why does my hair take so long to dry!?
« Reply #4 on: 10/01/2006 19:48:01 »
thanks everybody! there is obviously no cure! i do have quite thick hair and it has been dyed so that maybe doesn't help. at least i won't go bald so easily i hope! :)

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Re: Why does my hair take so long to dry!?
« Reply #5 on: 10/01/2006 19:58:42 »
Hey laura....don't be a stranger now eh ?

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Re: Why does my hair take so long to dry!?
« Reply #6 on: 11/01/2006 16:39:11 »
quote:
Originally posted by leeds laura

i'm hoping i'm asking the right people here! i have always noticed that my hair takes a ridiculously long time to dry after i have washed it, and recently my hairdresser confirmed this.



This may be of help, it is the most powerful hair dryer I can find:-

http://www.expresschemist.co.uk/index.jsp?subframe=product&productid=6669

At 2000 Watts (sic) it is twice as powerful as my hover-type lawn mower :0.
(This hair dryer must have a recoil like a .45 Magnum)
« Last Edit: 13/01/2006 10:41:50 by ROBERT »

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Re: Why does my hair take so long to dry!?
« Reply #7 on: 11/01/2006 17:21:57 »
Well Laura...how can you turn down such a generous offer from Robert ?..what a nice bloke !!:D;):D

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Re: Why does my hair take so long to dry!?
« Reply #8 on: 12/01/2006 21:10:52 »
thank you everybody! i might have to invest in a super powered hairdryer! can't you buy ones with ions and things!!?? how does that work?

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Re: Why does my hair take so long to dry!?
« Reply #9 on: 13/01/2006 10:36:41 »
"MORE POWER,URG,URG,URG" (Tim "tool-time" Allen).

http://www.starlight.com/wind.html

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Re: Why does my hair take so long to dry!?
« Reply #10 on: 13/01/2006 14:27:19 »
how about shaving your head practical and attractive?

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Re: Why does my hair take so long to dry!?
« Reply #11 on: 13/01/2006 15:56:24 »
Shaving your head is an excellent idea...failing that Roberts fan looks like it'll do the job...else..it's wind tunnel time !!

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Re: Why does my hair take so long to dry!?
« Reply #12 on: 16/01/2006 13:03:17 »
quote:
Originally posted by leeds laura

thank you everybody! i might have to invest in a super powered hairdryer! can't you buy ones with ions and things!!?? how does that work?


http://www.consumersearch.com/www/family/hair-dryer-reviews/fullstory.html
""Ions are molecules with a positive or negative charge; manufacturers claim that negatively charged ions help dry hair faster and with less damage, making it smooth and shiny. The Wall Street Journal quotes Bill Nazaroff, professor of environmental engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, as saying there's "remarkably little good science" to either prove or disprove this claim, and our top sources, including The Wall Street Journal, The Denver Rocky Mountain News, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, and the Good Housekeeping Institute were skeptical prior to testing.""
http://www.consumersearch.com/www/family/hair-dryer-reviews/fullstory.html


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Re: Why does my hair take so long to dry!?
« Reply #13 on: 02/07/2006 13:59:08 »
exactly

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Re: Why does my hair take so long to dry!?
« Reply #14 on: 03/07/2006 03:08:20 »
Laura - sorry I'm so late to the party, no net connection at home... the fact that your hair takes so long to dry is actually a sign that it is very healthy.  When your hair is healthy it is actually quite porous, and so will retain water for a lot longer than if it were heat/chemical damaged.  A lot of people who have permed/coloured hair have very brittle hair, that retains far less water, but that means it dries very quickly.  On the other hand, you (and I) both have very thick hair, that retains water and is very healthy (let me guess, you have quite lustrous hair, and you suffer from fly aways quite a bit - or if you have curls, you get a good dose of the frizz?  I do!).  The price you pay for good healthy hair, but it is well worth it!

And as for the power hair dryer... When I go to the salon, it takes the hairdresser an hour to dry my hair and I assume she has a power drier.  I just tell her to take the dampness off and then let it dry naturally.  Two things - yes the power drier will dry your hair faster, but as a side effect it will also start to heat damage your hair, thereby increasing the speed at which it dries as it slowly becomes drier (when I say drier, I don't mean drying out today, I mean long term drying!)  letting your hair dry naturally is the nicest thing you can do to it, as long as you can put up with it!  I know there have been times when I put my hair in a pony tail in the morning and it is still wet at the roots when I go to bed at night!

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« Last Edit: 03/07/2006 03:13:10 by kittykat »

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Re: Why does my hair take so long to dry!?
« Reply #15 on: 02/07/2006 13:59:08 »
exactly

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Re: Why does my hair take so long to dry!?
« Reply #16 on: 03/07/2006 03:08:20 »
Laura - sorry I'm so late to the party, no net connection at home... the fact that your hair takes so long to dry is actually a sign that it is very healthy.  When your hair is healthy it is actually quite porous, and so will retain water for a lot longer than if it were heat/chemical damaged.  A lot of people who have permed/coloured hair have very brittle hair, that retains far less water, but that means it dries very quickly.  On the other hand, you (and I) both have very thick hair, that retains water and is very healthy (let me guess, you have quite lustrous hair, and you suffer from fly aways quite a bit - or if you have curls, you get a good dose of the frizz?  I do!).  The price you pay for good healthy hair, but it is well worth it!

And as for the power hair dryer... When I go to the salon, it takes the hairdresser an hour to dry my hair and I assume she has a power drier.  I just tell her to take the dampness off and then let it dry naturally.  Two things - yes the power drier will dry your hair faster, but as a side effect it will also start to heat damage your hair, thereby increasing the speed at which it dries as it slowly becomes drier (when I say drier, I don't mean drying out today, I mean long term drying!)  letting your hair dry naturally is the nicest thing you can do to it, as long as you can put up with it!  I know there have been times when I put my hair in a pony tail in the morning and it is still wet at the roots when I go to bed at night!

~ Flow Girl ~
« Last Edit: 03/07/2006 03:13:10 by kittykat »

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Re: Why does my hair take so long to dry!?
« Reply #17 on: 04/07/2006 03:34:51 »
let your hair air dry. dont let modern commodities damage your locks. just take less showers!

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Re: Why does my hair take so long to dry!?
« Reply #18 on: 08/07/2006 14:27:17 »
What a dryer!  Wow!  I need one of those..lol  My hair has the same issue when washing it...but alas, we have a high rate of humidity here too!  :-(

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