Tips for Safely Blowing Out Curly Hair

I love a good blow-out as it allows me to channel my inner Chaka-Diana-mega-diva and also serves as a great primer for sexy updos and voluminous twist-outs. I try not to do them too often, reserving them for more thorough trim sessions and special occasions. Below you’ll find my tried and true techniques and least-damaging methods for blowing out my curls for a straighter look:

  1. Cleanse thoroughly (with shampoo, not a cleansing conditioner), condition and deep condition for 30 minutes.
  2. Detangle and apply a light coating of leave-in conditioner and/or oil (locking in your moisture) and apply a heat-protectant. Some products will both seal and protect!
  3. Blot excess moisture and allow hair to air dry for 15 minutes prior to starting. Blow drying wet hair can lead to loss of elasticity and, in the long run, breakage.
  4. Keep the heat setting on low-medium, and set the speed to high, with the air from the nozzle blowing down the shaft (not up the strands or straight on, as doing so can disturb the cuticle).
  5. Blow dry in small sections, twisting completed sections to keep them out of the way as you continue.
  6. I use a high-quality ceramic dryer with a comb attachment as it allows my uncoordinated self to quickly move through my entire head without having to juggle a paddle brush in one hand and the dryer in the other. Plus, I find the well-spaced teeth on the comb less damaging than a brush of any kind. I also find the short blow-out time (thanks to the nifty comb attachment) allows for less heat exposure, which of course means less potential for damage.

When I want less manipulation, I like to tension blow dry, a method in which you simply stretch your hair with one hand and, in a downward motion, blast your roots with warm (not hot) heat. It’s less manipulation than your typical blow out and gently straightens your roots, which can result in less shrinkage and great twist-outs and braid-outs!
I hope this helps you achieve divalicious hair with less stress and worry of damage!
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