The Big Blow Out
By Erma W.
The fun of natural hair is its versatility. It can be worn up, down, curly, straight, and out! There are different “outs”, including twist outs, braid outs, and bantu knot outs. For this discussion, I’d like to talk about the ultimate in “outs”: the big blow out. A blow out is an exciting way to perk up your look, but the styling process can be less than thrilling--especially if you don’t achieve the desired result. Check out these tips to create a bangin’ blow out:
1. Cleanse and Condition: Clean hair is the first step to a great blow out. Blow outs are all about volume, and dirty or weighed-down hair is the antithesis of “bigness.” Make sure your hair is well-cleansed for a better shot at fullness. Add some moisture to those strands as well. There’s no quicker way to damage than applying heat to dry hair.
2. Prepare: After you’ve cleansed your hair, you must prepare it for blow drying. Look for products that are optimized for heat-styling. There are creams, serums, sprays, and pomades that can be used for blow-drying, so it’s really about what you want to use. In your search, look for phrases like “thermal protection” and silicone ingredients (silicones create a barrier between your hair and the heat.). Start small in the application process. Apply a dime- to nickel-sized amount of product to your hair and add more if necessary. Also, be sure to divide your hair into small- to medium-sized detangled sections (tangles and heat definitely don’t mix.).
3. Blow dry: It’s finally time for the main feature. Your technique is important for the best results, but your blow dryer matters too. Invest in a professional blow dryer (ionic and/or tourmaline) with multiple heat settings and a cool shot button. Many people use the comb attachment while others prefer the tension method. Whatever your selection is, you must hold your hair tautly for the best blow-out effect. Dry your hair from root to tip (preferably on the medium-heat setting). While you are drying your hair, move the dryer in an up-and-down motion to help your cuticles lie flat. Next, switch your dryer on the cool setting to eliminate unwanted frizz.
That’s it! If you’re heading out, strut fiercely and let your blow out do the talking. Preserve the fabulousness with a doobie wrap and scarf or bonnet.
Best blow out wishes to you!!!