So even though blowing out your natural hair might seem like a self-explanatory process, there’s actually a lot you need to keep in mind if you’re trying to avoid heat damage or breakage. “One of the biggest misconceptions about natural hair is that it’s stronger than other hair textures—but it’s actually really delicate and needs to be treated as such,” says Ashanti Lation, celebrity stylist and founder of VIP Luxury Hair Care. That means you need to (A) prep it with the right products before you get started, and (B) take your time and be super gentle while you work.
So to make the process as easy as possible, we chatted with Lation and Jazzee Santiago, hairstylist and natural hair expert, to get all their pro advice on natural hair blowouts. Keep reading for everything you need to know, from the prep work (like, starting-in-the-shower-prep work) to the maintenance that’ll keep all your work in place.
How do you blow out natural hair?
According to Santiago, there’s a couple ways you can do a natural-hair blowout (like in the tutorial above), but the main goal here is to stretch your hair, not necessarily straighten it. “You can then wear your blowout as is, or you can run a flat iron or curling wand through it at the end to smooth and style the stretched-out hair,” she says.
Blowouts are also a crucial step if you’re planning to silk-press your hair (aka when you flat-iron your hair after the blow dry so it’s bone-straight and shiny, says Santiago). Regardless of how you choose to style your blowout, though, Lation says there are a few things you’ll need to have on hand before you get started:
Your blowout tools:
- Detangling brush or wide-tooth comb
- Lightweight leave-in conditioner
- Heat-protecting serum
- Separating clips
- Blow dryer with comb attachment or paddle hair brush
Got your supplies all laid out and ready? Cool, now keep reading for a simple step-by-step tutorial (and, psst, if you’re more of a visual learner, you can scroll back up to see how YouTuber Nickybnatural does it).
Step 1. Cleanse and condition
First things first: You want to start off with freshly cleansed and conditioned hair. “If you blow-dry your hair with any product buildup or oil, you’re going to risk it not being as smooth or as soft,” says Lation. Product choice is really personal preference here, but it’s not a bad idea to use a super-hydrating co-wash (remember, you’ll lose some moisture when you heat style). While you’re working your conditioner through your hair, go ahead and detangle your hair with a wide-tooth comb or a gentle brush.
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