How long do I need to sit under a Hood or Bonnet Dryer?

How long to Sit under a Hood or Bonnet Dryer
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How long do I sit under the hooded hairdryer?  It seems like a simple question. However, this question remains a mystery for some people. Add to that different schools of thought and misinformation.

However, it all boils down to the service you are getting,  how long and how thick your hair is, as well as your hair’s condition.

Another factor to keep in mind is your equipment. Timing may vary greatly depending on if you are using a soft bonnet, tabletop, ionic, stand up or sit down salon dryer.

We searched high and low for answers to help you understand this topic by category.

1. Depending on the length of your hair, a roller set should dry in twenty to forty-five minutes under a hard hat or soft bonnet dryer. It is always safest to dry hair on a lower setting for a more extended period than to use a high setting for a short time. The heat setting should never be so high that you are uncomfortable or your scalp burns. Switch to no heat for the last five minutes. – Sally’s Beauty

2. Putting too much hair on each roller will not allow the hair to dry as fast. However, too many rollers may not permit you to fit under the dryer easily.

Dominican Rollersets

3. Traditionally to get long-lasting frizz-free straight and moveable hair. Your hair needs to be completely dry. It may take an hour and a half sometimes a little more.  So when your rollers are dry, the stylist will touch up your hair with a handheld dryer to break up demarcation lines produced by the rollers. This helps get your hair extra smooth, and this extra step also ensures that your hair won’t revert to curly. 

    • This takes at least an hour
    • So use your time to catch up online or chat with your friends

Can a hood blow dryer cause heat damage?
Well yes, of course, anything is possible when you expose hair to any heat source.
It’s a lot more challenging to damage your hair with diffused heat from a hood dryer than the concentrated heat from a handheld blow dryer.

Conditioning Hair Treatments

4. To deep condition your hair It’s best to sit under a hooded dryer for 15- 20 minutes, not leave it on for more than 30 minutes. The Takeaway: Your deep conditioner + indirect heat = maximum effectiveness  –natural hair rules

5. For super soft hair, choose a good quality conditioner and use a steamer for at LEAST 25 minutes. 

For Curly girls – The Diffuser effect


6. All dryers are not equal. To get the best results, you need a hood dryer that you can control heat and wind speed. Best  hooded dryer for curly hair

7. You don’t have to sit under the hooded dryer or bonnet dryer until your hair has completely dry, you want to stay under long enough so that your hair is at least semi-dry or set. 70-80%.  Drying may take anywhere from 10-15 minutes or 30-45 minutes depending on your hair. –Natural Hair Rules

8. The more products your hair requires, the longer it takes to dry. However, don’t compromise healthy hair for drying time.

Chemical processing

CAUTION: Since heat acts as an accelerant with chemicals. This is not advised unless you are a trained professional.  And even with proper training using a dryer this way is not advised while treating your own hair.

9. That having been said, heat from a hood dryer can cut your processing time up to half.   A dryer, however, can dry out the chemicals making them less effective. So be sure to wrap hair in plastic to prevent this.

In Conclusion

Nothing can replace the hood dryer in comfort and ease of use. So whichever service you are doing or getting done.  Make sure you use as much heat and time you need to get the job done, but NOT more than is necessary.

For more information on which hooded hairdryer will best suit your needs read: The ultimate Guide to Buying the Best Hooded Hair Dryers

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