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How to blow dry your hair if you have eczema

As heat exacerbates eczema, blow drying your hair with a hot blast of air is just about one of the worst things you can do if you have eczema on your scalp, neck or hands, but there are ways of reducing the negative impact.

I have shoulder length hair and unfortunately if I leave it to dry of its own accord it is in no fit state to be seen in the office! So blow drying is pretty much the only option for me in the morning (every other day anyway). Of course, a hot jet of air won't only dry your hair - it will dry your skin too, and the heat can also inflame eczema. Here are my hair-drying tips for the long-haired eczema sufferer...

Pin wet hair up asap
If you've just washed your hair but aren't going to blow dry it immediately then you need to get that wet hair off your neck and shoulders. Wet hair flicking against eczema prone skin is a recipe for irritation, so as soon as possible pin your hair up in a great big clip. 

Go as cool as you can
Obviously, the cooler the temperature setting you use, the longer it will take to blow dry your hair. If you have the time, opt for a warm heat setting rather than hot, which will be less harsh on your skin. I usually don't have time to use a cooler setting in the morning, but you can help cut the drying time by squeezing and patting as much moisture out of your hair as possible with a towel before you begin. (Don't rub your hair with a towel or you can damage your hair.) Sometimes blow drying in a small warm room can make you quite hot and bothered, so if you are using your hair dryer on a hot setting then consider opening a window to cool the room so you don't break a sweat and get itchy.

Protect your skin
Rather than sitting in a towel to dry your hair, get dressed first (after you've moisturised of course!) This means than your skin will be protected from the hot air blasts. Something like a round neck T-shirt is ideal as it will cover your chest, shoulders and upper back. You need to think about the skin of your hands as well. Instead of pulling your fingers through your hair (getting them both damp and hot - disastrous combination!), use a long handled brush and keep your hands away from the heat and moisture. Or you could even keep your hands completely out of it, and just brush in between blow drying sessions.

Technique
As you're blow drying your hair, be very conscious of where you're directing that hot air. The best thing to do is to tilt your head and direct the hair dryer at the hair that hangs down so that you're not hitting your neck or shoulders. When you have to aim it at your scalp or neck, keep the dryer moving so that no area gets too hot.

Hope you found my tips helpful! If you have any tips, please feel free to share them in the comments below.
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  2. I feel really silly I never gave consideration that the hairdryer was affecting my eczema on my neck I always put it down to the products used on my hair, thanks for the tips

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  3. You're welcome - it could well be a combination of the two, you never can tell with eczema :(

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  4. Awesome tips! Wearing cotton gloves while blow drying your hair can also help.

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