Natural hair is beautiful and versatile but sometimes, you might want to switch up your look. Heated styling tools like blow dryers can be used to modify your natural hair texture, giving you a sleek, smooth finish. Whether you’re getting ready for a night out, planning to attend an event, or just want to switch up your natural hair game, it’s crucial to know how to properly blowout natural hair for the best results.
What is a blowout?
Blowout is the technique of using heat to transform natural hair into a smoother, straighter texture. A blowout differs from a regular hair drying session because the focus of this technique is to create a polished hair texture, as opposed to simply drying your hair. This technique is loved by many because of how it can create a sleek and smooth finish while still maintaining the hair’s volume and length.
What do you need for a flawless blowout?
Before you begin the blowout process, it is essential to apply heat protectant to your hair. Heat protectants prevent hair damage caused by high temperatures from your blow dryer, flat iron or curling iron. Most heat protectants also have nourishing ingredients that will leave your hair feeling soft and shiny, so remember to grab one before you start.
The most common tool used for this technique is the blow dryer. It can be tricky selecting the right one but look for one with multiple heat and speed settings. Make sure it has a concentrator nozzle; this attachment will direct the air to specific areas of your hair, making the process easier and quicker.
A round brush is a key tool for blowouts. It helps to create volume and gives your hair a finished look. A medium-sized brush works well for most hair lengths, but if you have thicker, longer hair, consider using a larger size for better control.
Sectioning Clips and Comb
You can’t achieve a successful blowout without sectioning off your hair. Sectioning clips and combs are essential; they help to hold each section of your hair in place as you work on another area.
How do you prepare your hair for the blowout?
To get the best results for your blowout technique, you should prepare your hair properly beforehand. Here are the steps to follow:
Step 1: Wash your hair
Before you begin the blowout technique, thoroughly wash and condition your hair. When washing, use a moisturizing shampoo and follow it up with a conditioner that moisturizes and nourishes your hair. Conditioner helps to soften your hair effectively, making it easier for you to manipulate your hair.
Step 2: Apply leave-in conditioner or detangler
After washing and conditioning, apply leave-in conditioner or detangler to damp hair. These products help to hydrate, detangle, and soften your curls, ensuring that they stay healthy.
Step 3: Apply your heat protectant
Before blow-drying your hair, apply a heat protectant throughout to avoid damage caused by heat.
How do you do a blowout on natural hair?
Once you’ve got all your tools and products, it’s time to start the blowout process. Here’s how to blowout natural hair.
Step 1: Section your hair
Section off your hair so that you work on it easier. Use clips and combs to create manageable pieces. Divide your hair into four sections, with a top and bottom half on either side of your head.
Step 2: Start drying the roots of your hair
Begin drying your hair on one section, at the roots. Use your round brush to smooth your hair and concentrate the drying power of the blow dryer on the roots of your hair. To create volume, hold the brush at the roots of your hair and lift while applying heat. Once you’ve completed each section, allow time for them to cool before moving to the next.
Step 3: Work your way down to the ends
Next, focus your attention on the middle and ends of your hair. This time, focus on smoothing the hair shaft by pulling the brush down your hair, following the blow dryer’s direction of airflow. As you work through your hair sections, make sure you have full control of the brush, pulling each section so that it’s taut and tight. Remember to avoid concentrating heat on one section for too long as this may lead to heat damage.
Step 4: Style and Finish
Once you’ve gone through each section, begin styling your hair by focusing on the ends. Use the brush to roll your hair under at the ends to create a sleeker finish. Work your way up the hair shaft, blending the ends to achieve the style you want.
Tips on getting the best blowout
- When blow-drying your hair, direct the hairdryer at the roots of your hair, which helps to create a fuller and natural-looking finish.
- Start from the front of your head and work towards the back of your head for easier manipulation.
- Keep the hairdryer moving to avoid overheating and damage.
- Ensure that your hair is dry before you leave it to avoid heat damage and frizz.
How often should you do a blowout?
Blowouts are an ideal solution if you are swamped for time, as you don’t have to wait for hours for your hair to dry naturally. However, it’s important to space out your blowouts, as frequent blowouts can damage natural hair over time. Experts recommend at least two to three weeks in-between sessions to prevent hair breakage and loss.
How do you maintain your blowout?
Here are some tips to follow to keep your blowout looking great long after you’ve styled it:
- Use a silk or satin pillowcase to minimize friction and preserve the hairstyle, especially if you’re prone to sleeping with your hair out uncovered.
- Keep your hair wrapped in a silk scarf or bonnet during the night, to minimize daily damage.
- When you must wash your hair, use a dry shampoo or co-wash to avoid stripping your hair of its natural oils. Avoid over-washing, as it can lead to dryness and split ends.
- Keep your hair hydrated by using a leave-in conditioner or a hair serum, regularly.
Blowouts are an excellent way to switch up your natural hair look without going through harsh chemical treatments or wearing wigs. With the right equipment and products, and advice, your hair can look glossy, straight, and professional. The key is to take your time and be patient, so that you don’t damage your hair or become frustrated with the process. Experiment with different tools, techniques and products over time, and, before you know it, you’ll have a perfect blowout!
Q: Can you blow dry natural hair without a comb?
A: You can blow dry natural hair without combing it, but it’s much easier to achieve a sleek finish when you use a round brush or comb to help with tension and styling.
Q: What happens when you blow dry natural hair too much?
A: Blow-drying natural hair too often can lead to dry hair strands and damage hair follicles, which could cause hair breakage, split ends, and thinning hair. This is why it’s essential to limit your blowouts to allow your hair to recover.
Q: Can you blow dry your hair every day?
A: You should avoid blow-drying your hair every day, as frequent exposure to heat can cause hair damage. Always use a heat protectant when you must use heat on your hair and limit the number of times you use heat on your hair in a week.
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- Natural Curly Hair Blog, ‘Different Types of Heat Protectant for Natural Hair’ (2019).
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- Naturally Curly, ‘How to Prevent Damage While Wearing a Blowout’ (2021).