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How to Use a Hair Dryer (Featuring Exciting Action Photos)

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Learn how to use a hair dryer properly and you'll never suffer from wet hair again!

Learn how to use a hair dryer properly and you'll never suffer from wet hair again!

So, You're Tired of Wet Hair?

I just recently bought a new hair dryer. I had to do it, even though I loved my last hair dryer. Unfortunately, it had recently started overheating and shutting off on its own. I had a feeling it could potentially blow up, catch on fire, set my hair on fire, or some other fairly unpleasant experience could occur, so I threw it away. I just bought a new, hot pink hair dryer.

Once I opened the box, I was surprised to find a book with instructions. I never thought about it before, but I suppose there could be people that have never used a hair dryer before and needed a little assistance. Since I've been using a hair dryer for over 30 years, I thought I could help out by writing a little tutorial on how to use the hair dryer. Yes, as usual, I am here to help.

I was trying to imagine the type of person that might need help using the hair dryer. I decided there are probably a couple of different types of people that might need some hair dryer assistance. Here is my list:

  1. A child old enough to use the hair dryer, being raised by a bald parent.
  2. People who've never had electricity while growing up, but now live in a place with electricity and would like to have dry hair.

So now that I've determined my target audience, and realize there probably are not too many people out there like that, I've decided to be my usual sarcastic self and create this article anyway.

Hmmm... how does this work?

Hmmm... how does this work?

Basic Instructions for Operating Your Hair Dryer:

  1. Take the hair dryer out the box.
  2. Plug it into the electric socket.
  3. Turn it on.
  4. Aim the hair dryer at your hair.
  5. Turn it off once your hair is dry.
  6. Unplug the hair dryer.
  7. Put the hair dryer away.
Does it come out of this end?

Does it come out of this end?

Oh, this is where the air comes out!

Oh, this is where the air comes out!



Frequently Asked Questions:

I know, I know... that was a lot to take in. I am sure you have questions after reading those instructions. After all, it can be tough learning how to use a new product. Like I said, I am here to assist you. Here are some frequently asked questions and, of course, I am happy to supply the answers.

My hair isn't wet. Is this a good time to use my hair dryer?

  • No, you should use the hair dryer if your hair has just been shampooed or if it is wet due to rainfall or a dolphin splashes you at an aquarium (hey, it happened to me yesterday!)

I am trying to plug in the hair dryer, but it has plastic over the plug. What should I do?

  • Remove the plastic and plug it in the socket. Make sure the bigger side goes into the bigger side of the socket. If possible, ask someone more familiar with plugging stuff in to help you.

Can I dry my hair while sitting in the tub?

  • No!
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Can I use the hair dryer to dry off some of my wet clothing?

  • That is probably not the best idea, but it can be done. If you need to dry something quickly, you can do it. If you want to dry a lot of clothes, no, that will take all day. Make sure to keep the hair dryer about 2 feet away from whatever you are drying and make sure it isn't a delicate article of clothing.

How do I know if it is a delicate article of clothing?

  • Look, I don't have all the answers. Do you need it to dry quickly for your date in an hour and don't have a dryer in your home? You are kind of desperate. Give it a try.

Can I sleep with my hair dryer while it is running like on the show, My Strange Addictions?

  • No, do not model your behavior from anything you've seen on that show. Really. It is dangerous.

If I feel like the hair dryer is too hot and it is burning my skin, what do I do?

  • Put it on a lower setting, move the hair dryer further away from you, or simply turn it off.

More Tips for Success!

Seriously, DO NOT put the hair dryer in water! That is no joke! If you drop the hair dryer in water, you are probably not going to be able to use it again.

Also, you are not supposed to use the hair dryer too close to your skin. If you feel a burning sensation, yes, it is too close. Keep it as far away from you as possible while still making sure your hair is drying.

Make sure to keep the screen at the end of the hair dryer (where the air goes in) as clean as possible. Brush away dust or hair to the best of your ability. If it has a removable cap, that is even better. Make sure to clean it if it looks a little clogged. If not, it can make the motor burn out. Trust me, it happens. Also, please wait for the dryer to cool off BEFORE removing dust and grime.

In theory, you should also refrain from using hairspray while operating the hair dryer. That sure is a nice theory and I thought I would mention it. If you ever hear about me being seriously injured from a hair dryer, you will know which part of this advice I actually do not apply to my own life.

Now, my wet haired friend, I hope this has been some great information for you. It is now time to use the hair dryer. Good luck to you!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Jeannie Marie


Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 17, 2015:

I am glad you liked it.

The Schreibfeder on January 15, 2015:

This hub is my spirit animal.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on October 02, 2012:

Hahaha... I never thought of aiming the hair dryer on a cat, but now I kind of want to! I won't though. I have a hamster, but she loves the vacuum, so something tells me she would enjoy the hair dryer as well. I won't aim it on her though because my hair dryer is pretty powerful. My vacuum, sadly, barely does much at all. Thanks for the comment!

KathyH from Waukesha, Wisconsin on October 02, 2012:

I can only add one thing... don't aim the hairdryer towards the cat, they DO NOT like it! (And I never did that, I'm just being "snarky"!) I know mine run away when they hear the hairdryer! I bet there are cats out there, though, that actually like them. Those would be the same cats that actually LIKE baths! ;) Very funny hub!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 27, 2012:

Thank you! Sometimes I have to take embarrassing photos for the entertainment of others. :-)

Kimberlie Kacan from Brooklyn, NY on September 27, 2012:

Hysterical! Love the picture illustrations.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 14, 2012:

mary615 - You are lucky you don't need to use a hair dryer. My hair stays wet almost all day if I don't use one. Thanks for checking out my hub and thanks for the votes and the shares!

TToombs08 - Have you been using the hair dryer just to scare off bears and spiders? That is not the correct way to use it! I am so glad I could help. :-) Thanks for the comment!

vocalcoach - Yeah, the hair dryer is something I have figured out. Now, my dishwasher and its crazy automated resets, that is another whole story. I keep those instructions in the kitchen near the dishwasher at all times. Thanks for your comment!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on September 13, 2012:

This is me to a "T" with all instructions that come with any product - except a hairdryer. Got that one mastered. Very funny!

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on September 13, 2012:

So THAT'S how its done. And to think I was doing it wrong all these years. I feel stupid.

Great hub, Jeannie! Loved it! :)

Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 13, 2012:

I stopped using a hair dryer long ago: I just can't be bothered with drying my hair. Now mine is short and drys on it's own. My 4 daughters probably spent hundreds of dollars on hair dryers!

Cute Hub. I voted it UP, etc and will share and Pin.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 08, 2012:

Haha... thanks for checking out my hub. I would like to think many of my hubs help distract people from the actual work they need to do online. ;-)

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on September 07, 2012:

They should add your tutorial to the Cosmetology Student curriculum. I should be online renewing my license but instead I'm learning how to use a blow dryer. LOL Really, it was quite funny.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 18, 2012:

Thanks, Simone. Blow drying hair can be a thrilling activity. :-)

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on April 18, 2012:

LOVE the action shots :D

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 18, 2012:

Thanks so much! I am happy you enjoyed it. Thanks for the votes, too. :-)

Movie Master from United Kingdom on April 18, 2012:

You are so funny Jeannie, Love, love this hub!

Voting up!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 17, 2012:

Ardie - Oh, sparks are so pretty! You can't throw that away. I say, save that hair dryer until the 4th of July and then spark that baby up! :-)

ChristyWrites - I am happy to help, Christie. It is what I do. Thanks for dropping by!

Made - That sounds cool. I've never dried off with the hair dryer before, but that makes sense. I've been known to dry a bra using a hair dryer. Sometimes you just have to be creative. :-)

Alecia - I am happy to assist everyone with their hair dryer needs. :-) I am glad you enjoyed the photos, too. Sometimes I have to humiliate myself to entertain others. Thanks for checking out my hub!

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on April 17, 2012:

I loved the action sequence photos! And this is funny but I really thought using a dryer was plain and simple. I guess not. Anyway, I agree that not putting it in water is the best thing for you. Great advice!

Madeleine Salin from Finland on April 17, 2012:

Well, I liked this hub. Lol! If your skin is sensitive you can also use the hair dryer to dry your body after a shower. I wouldn't, but I know somebody who does. People are funny. :)

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on April 16, 2012:

You are a funny writer Jeannie! Okay so now I know how to use a hair dryer hehe

Sondra from Neverland on April 16, 2012:

You're so funny Jeannie - hey my hair dryer keeps shooting sparks at my head when Im using it and Im afraid it might catch my hair on fire. Should I buy a new one? I only ask because it DOES still work.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 16, 2012:

Vinaya, I can't believe you've never used a hair dryer. They are wonderful for drying hair fast. So basically, this hub would be for you in case you bought a hair dryer. Make sure to bookmark this! ;-) Thanks for reading!

aethelthryth, yes, I'll bet people make a lot of money creating those instruction manuals. I wish I could write some. I would try to make them more exciting. As far as keeping my hair out of the intake, I always use the hair dryer a good distance away from my hair. I basically keep my hair in front of me at all times and keep the hair dryer almost at arm's length. It is still a challenge sometimes though. Thanks for checking out my hub!

aethelthryth from American Southwest on April 16, 2012:

Writing instructions doesn't win prizes or readers, but the writers are well paid to be boring. But that's a good thing. Just think, if all the instruction manuals out there were this much fun to read, everybody would be sitting around reading instruction manuals all day instead of reading HubPages!

One thing I have never figured out is if your hair is longer than the hairdryer, how do you keep the side of your hair that you're not drying away from the intake? That is why I think hairdryers are painful....

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on April 16, 2012:

I have never used hair dryer even when I had long hair.

This is quite an interesting read. Pictures are wonderful.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 16, 2012:

hecate-horus - Thanks so much. Perplexed is my speciality look. :-)

iefox5 - Thanks so much for the votes. Glad you liked it.

RealHousewife - I am afraid the hot tub is still a no-no. Sorry about that. You can use the dryer after the hot tub though. :-) Thanks so much for visiting. Glad you liked it.

Millionaire Tips - I am happy to help you with your hair dryer. I figured the photos would be the most helpful for everyone. ;-)

Shasta Matova from USA on April 16, 2012:

I love the exciting action photos in this hub. I think I may just be able to figure out how to use my hair dryer with these step by step instructions and FAQs.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on April 15, 2012:

Oh my - you can't use it in the tub? Well does that apply to my hot tub too?

Lol. Jeannie - you are great at funny! You always crack me up! Fabulous job!

iefox5 on April 15, 2012:

Funny topic, read it all and voted up !

hecate-horus from Rowland Woods on April 15, 2012:

Great hub, love the pictures (you do "perplexed" well!)

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 15, 2012:

I know what you mean. Those manuals are hilarious. My DVD player has instructions like that. Thanks so much for the compliment and the votes!

Linda Chechar from Arizona on April 15, 2012:

Ha! And I just love the instruction manuals that are translated into English from Chinese--they are such a hoot! Love your Hub and sense of humor! I needed a laugh today! Voted Up, funny and awesome.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 15, 2012:

Thanks so much! I am glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the votes, too. I can't believe the hair dryer came with an instruction manual when my Kindle Fire didn't even come with one. I need a manual for the Kindle. The hair dryer... not so much!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on April 15, 2012:

Jeannie, just when I think you can't get any funnier...! Loved this! So fun and sarcastic. I gave you every voted I could find. Loved it!

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