Natural hair blowout is a popular topic and you’ve probably heard about the popular blowout or the natural hair blowout, but what is it? A blowout is the in-between step to straightening natural hair. Usually using a blow dryer, this step is used prior to using a flat iron and lovers boast shine and effortless defrizzing making for a longer-lasting straight style, that’s soft to the touch and bouncy.
Straight hair or a natural hair blowout is a lovely option for many naturals but it can be a dangerous process as it can damage the hair if not applied correctly or used too often. However, there is a way to not only stave off heat damage but to keep your strands healthy and moisturized. Here are seven vital tips to a longer lasting natural hair blowout that’s won’t compromise your hair’s moisture.
I would be negligent in not discussing how dangerous heat styling can be to our delicate strands so here is some information you need to consider before getting your natural hair blowout.
Curlier, kinkier and coilier textures cannot withstand the high temperatures of heat appliances like naturally straight hair can and many woman of color incur heat damage as a result.
Heat damage is irreversible AND there is no such thing as heat training. If your hair does not revert back to it’s natural coil, kink or coil, it has incurred heat damage. Cutting it off is the only remedy for this so use the lowest setting possible, use heat protectant and pass through the hair once if using a flat iron like the Drybar The Tress Press Digital Flat Iron.
Always start with fully cleansed hair as dirty hair will not allow all the product build-up, dirt and sweat to be seared into your strands from the heat styling tool. A clarifying shampoo like Design Essentials® Oat Protein Henna Deep Cleansing Shampoo is a great choice. If not hair will have no bounce or life and wreck your style. You can follow up with a moisturizing shampoo (I often do) like Design Essentials® Honey Crème Moisture Retention Shampoo and remember to use moisturizing conditioners too!
Your hair needs to be moisturized at the deepest level and only certain ingredients have that ability to penetrate the hair shaft to do it. Make sure to concentrate on moisturizing and condition by using a great deep conditioner and use heat like Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque or Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner. Moisturized hair just looks better and there’s nothing worse than a straight style that looks brittle or dry.
This goes without saying but many are still thinking this is a waste of money. Heat protectants or good heat protectants like Caviar Repair Rx Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray or Karmin Heat Protection & Shining Spray. Most of us steer clear of silicones but they are excellent as heat protectants. They apply to the strands like a shield and while keeping moisture they protect the hair from the heat styling tool.
Our hair LOVES water based products but if you want your straight style to last longer, steer clear of them as they will make your hair revert back to it’s natural state.
We should all be protecting our natural strands at night all the time but if you want your blowout to last longer and to not dry out since cotton pillowcases whisk away moisture and will create frizz on your natural hair blowout.
Most of us are no strangers to the wrap. I was wrapping my hair so much that when my daughter was born she was rocking the wrap too! (true story!).The wrap is simply combing or brushing your hair so that it wraps around your entire head. It may take some practice to master but it really helps in preserving your style and can be used at night or when going out in the rain or humid weather. There are even some products to help preserve your wrapped style like the Large Square Satin Silk Like Lightweight Scarfs Hair Sleeping Wraps for Women.
When it comes to straight styles, make sure to limit the heat you use, impart the moisture in the beginning and maintain your look with a few tips that are super simple.
What’s your favorite tip on making your natural hair blowout last longer?