I did a search for the exact issue I am concerned with, but didn't quite locate anything substantial enough to answer my question. Basically, I have longish, fuzzy hair (pic link further down), born naturally curly, which has slackened as I've grown older. For most of my life I have blow dried my hair straight, and often used quality ceramic straighteners to do the job, too (GHD brand).
Problem is, I am receiving mixed messages from actual professional stylists. My hair tends to frizz quite badly and I have always suffered split ends, but the thing which bugs me the most is the dry fuzziness. No product on earth can assist me (I have tried), and only the sleek results of heat drying come anywhere close - so I really don't want to go 'natural' anytime soon. My hair is simultaneously thick and fine (depends on the mood), and is quite strong regardless the frizz. So on to the question: Is it true that straighteners are much worse for your hair than hairdryers? One stylist says yes, the other no, and it doesn't matter how respected the salon. I just can't seem to obtain a decent reply. My own experience has taught me that sometimes it works both ways, so the confusion deepens.
Ok, I wash twice per week, good shampoo and condition, and allow it to dry in a ponytail to flatted the curls. Then I blow dry in sections and hope for the best, but the results are always very 'poofy'.
Alternatively, when I used to use the straighteners I would simply wait for it to dry then go. Often the results were sleek, but there were periods where my hair looked parched.
Now, after 8 months of not using the straighteners my hair is still a fuzzball. This might be nature, which I am willing to accept, but it would be a lot easier for me to use the irons, so if the hairdryer isn't a great deal healthier I would prefer to go back. Not sure what to do.
Added info Here is my hair!
1. Left natural and combed out after drink in a low ponytail.
2. After the hairdryer and irons.
3. Tonight, ready for a wash and all rapunzely from a top knot.
Hope they help a bit!
It has never been chemically treated or coloured. I am also in my thirties and live in the UK. I currently use Kerastace products, which for the past 10 years have worked very well.
So, what's the deal? I'm getting the feeling that the hairdryer isn't much kinder to my hair than the irons, and the stylists are not telling!
Ps, I am not willing to cut my hair just yet.