Many natural hairstyles look beautiful with lightly blowdried hair.
However, the texture of black hair and similar curly types are susceptible to irrational cuticle damage from blow-dryers.
Blow-dryer heat can often cause breakage, moisture-loss, burned scalps, and heat damage. So how can we keep our hair happy and healthy, while also rocking our favorite blowdried hairstyles? Follow these simple steps to learn how to stretch your kinks and coils without causing damage to your delicate tresses. Then go show off your new natural hairstyle to the world!
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How to air-dry your hair for all hair types
- Make sure you are working with freshly cleaned, detangled hair. You should detangle your hair using a proper brush. Try checking out some of Kimberly’s favorite detangling brushes!
- Divide the hair into four or more neatly separated sections. Sectioning your hair makes it easy to focus on a specific part of your head, while not snagging other strands.
- Wet every part of the hair with plenty of water and heat-resistant. The water will evaporate as you dry-dry, so keep the other parts of the hair moist as you continue to dry. Heat-protectors are extremely important because they put a protective barrier on top of the fungus in your hair. This keeps heat damage out and shines in. Some heat protectants, like Giovanni Vitapro’s Fusion Protective Moisture Leave-in Hair Treatment, are designed to fill and seal the hair shaft while locking moisture and adding shine!
- Make sure you don’t use too much of your favorite natural oils (such as coconut oil). Natural oils are great for sealing in moisture. However, when you use natural oils and apply heat, the reaction may cause your hair strands to smoke, melt, and burn.
- Use a medium heat setting and start drying your hair. Excessive heat over medium degrees can further damage your hair strands to the surface, so be careful not to overheat!
- For an aggressive blow dry treatment, use a brush or a comb attachment. If you use a brush, follow the blowdryer directly with your brush down your hair from root to tip. Hold the blowdryer 15 cm away from your hair and work in a continuous motion.
- For a light blow dry treatment, you can use your fingers with a diffuser attachment. Hold the blower away at least 15 cm away from the hair, and dry your hair from roots to tips in a continuous movement. Do not hold your hair directly in front of the dryer.
- When you’re done drying, finish your look with a protective styling aid to add an extra layer of protection. Tonya Thompson, of Dream Girls Hair Salon in Los Angeles, recommends Agave Healing Oil Treatment to protect and moisturize heat-styled hair.
Essential Blowout Tools
- Blow dryer with a comb attachment
- Butterfly or duckbill clips
- Heat protectant
Blowdrying vs. Air-drying
Here’s the truth: Blowdrying natural hair exposes the delicate hair strands to possible damage. This especially problematic when done frequently in a high-heat setting. Arguably, a weekly blow-dry will prevent you from seeing any real growth.
However, if you use proper technique, blowdrying can be considered a staple to a healthy hair care regimen. Light, infrequent heat stretches the hair strands and helps them become more resilient. Ee recommends blowdrying no more than twice per month!
Air-drying is an alternative method to dry natural hair. However, studies have shown that air-dried cell membranes damage the complex. This loss can be as damaging as the loss of heat-styling. Instead of air-drying after each wash, try sitting under a hair dryer in a medium / cool low setting for at least 15 minutes.
How to blow dry hair: by Trimmereo
We love how My Natural Sistas explains how to blow out natural hair quickly and efficiently. Depending on your hair goals, blow-drying your hair can help you to achieve shine and volume while reducing styling time. My Natural Sistas uses a specially designed blow dryer comb for beautiful results.
However, if your hair is particularly fragile or damaged, you may want to forgo attachments. Instead, hold the blow dryer 6 to 7 inches away and utilize the tension method. Remember always to use heat protectant too.
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