A blowout on natural hair is a balancing act. You want to make sure to straighten the hair without damaging it through shedding or heat damage. Most naturals prefer not to have a blow-out because it’s a bit like defusing a bomb. You may end up with the most beautiful, straight hair, looking like you came straight out of a hair shampoo commercial. Or you may end up wishing you had just not gone through with it. Here are 4 tips to help you achieve the best blowout of your life. Thank me later. Or thank me now. Totally up to you.
1. Heat Protectant
Heat protectant is the magic elixir that protects your hair from heat damage and seals the hair shaft. When you apply heat protectant on your hair, it gets burned instead of the heat reaching your hair. This obligatory step of the blow-out process saves your hair a ton. Don’t get caught without your heat protectant!
After going through the motions of your hair routine: washing and conditioning it’s time to moisturize. Moisturize like your life depends on it. Doing this ensures that your hair is soft and easy to work with. Moisturize by applying some leave-in conditioner then some hair moisturizer for an added slip. You will find your hair responding better to the blow-out as opposed to dry, brittle hair.
3. Comb From End To Root
You don’t want to blow-dry your hair from root to tip all at once. The searing pain that will rip through your head… Worse than hitting your toe against a chair. You will live to tell the tale. Also, the tangles and shedding that comes with it? Unbelievable. The nerve of the hair to shed like that. The nerve. You will lose a lot of hair in the process. Instead, what you should do is section the hair into small, manageable portions. Then start by combing from ends to the roots. Work backwards. Comb in a gentle and patient manner. Your hair will thank you!
4. The Professional Matters
If you manage to do your own blowout at home, that’s awesome. If you can get it done by a professional? Even better. But not just any professional. Find the professional hair stylist who will be delicate with your hair and use heat protectant, along with moisturizing your hair and combing it from the ends to the roots.