Before I start, I’m just going to call out what’s probably going through many people’s minds. What! A blow-out! Naturals don’t/shouldn’t do heat!
Yeah … ok. Lol Now, I definitely agree that heat can damage hair. That’s why I personally only use flat irons/blow dryers about 6 times a years. There was actually a 2 year interval between when I got a silk press on my hair and could actually wear it straight without curling my ends. However, one of the things I love about being natural is versatility, so I can’t say no to flat irons completely!
Anyway, I decided to blow out my hair on my own for the first time a few weeks ago, in preparation for a pageant I'm in. Of course, I couldn’t do anything without consulting the millions of natural gurus out there! Here’s a list of tips I learned for anyone else considering a blow out, or using any kind of heat.
Do a protein treatment before applying heat! This is crucial because your hair’s protein is the first thing that heat will zap. In order to counter this, make sure your hair is full of protein beforehand. I love DIYs, so here’s a homemade protein treatment tutorial I use that also conditions the hair. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5cYyqn9WvU
Balance Your Ph level
Ph is something I learned in biology that I never thought related to hair. Basically your hair’s Ph level (also known as porosity) has to do with the acidity of hair. It’s very, very important that you have a balanced Ph level because it helps you retain moisture and keep your scalp clean. Hair with higher Ph levels typically absorb substances too easily, meaning that it can absorb too much heat and burn your hair. However, lower Ph levels are just the opposite and often won’t absorb heat and won’t straighten as well. A quick test to check your hair’s porosity is to put a strand of hair in a glass of water. If your hair sinks quickly, it means you have high porosity and if your hair stays at the top for a while, that means you have low porosity. Obviously, the ideal situation is to have your hair sink to the middle, meaning you have balanced porosity. Because I have low porosity hair, I try to balance the level especially before straightening my hair. Here’s are some ways to balance your hair’s Ph level. http://njbnotjustanotherblog.weebly.com/natural-hair/understanding-porosity
A lot of people highly suggest using a heat protectant before straightening your hair to prevent damage. This is not something I typically do, even though I have never had heat damage. However, it is better to be safe than sorry. There is a lot of debate on the effectiveness of oils (like coconut, argan, or grapeseed) as a heat protectant, so I decided to try it to see how it works on my hair. I simply used coconut oil and olive oil.
Research, research, research!
Since you’re looking at the post, you probably already get this concept. However, I have often found throughout my natural hair journey that it is best to review others and their methods and results before experimenting with something that could be damaging (like heat). When I was researching ways to blow out natural hair on your own with minimal hair loss ect., I found this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKtjw6S-0HA I hope it helps!
Using heat can be a lot of fun, as long as you use wisdom! If you have any tips from personal experience, questions, or thoughts, please press the comment button below!
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