Salon Inspired How to Achieve a Silky Blowout with No Heat Damage
There's nothing like having a silk press or blow out styled at your favorite salon on a warm Saturday morning. Or on the weekend, at your own home, doing it yourself and having the urge to run your fingers through your hair with little to no hesitation. That feeling you get when you see no shrinkage and your hair is blowing in the wind. When you look good, you feel good. Right? We all got it, but did it damage your hair, is the real question? If you are a natural, you may dread putting any heat on your hair, due to fact that heat damaged your texture before going natural. Most who go natural avoid all heat products and styling tools because of heat damage. Not all heat is bad, in fact stretching the hair can prevent breakage and infuse natural oils that hair needs to stay healthy and strong. Many don’t know how to straighten their hair the right way, I am here to tell you the secret is in the prepping and the technique. (Not the heat protectant spray that you mist afterwards.) Here are the steps to achieve a silky blowout with no heat damage.
Check your Hair Tools
If it’s easy to break, it is not good for your hair; plastic combs and brushes are not good utensils for the hair when styling. The material on plastic combs or brushes, can damage the hair follicle and cause breakage or split ends. It is best to invest in wooden combs and brushes that stimulate the scalp and glide through the hair effortlessly. The heating tools you used before may be causing more damage than good, time to invest in an ionic steamed blow-dryer with controlled heat levels and regulated air flow .(Non- plastic) Lastly, you may want to purchase a good flatiron that is not made of marcel plates but have built-in customized combs inside the plates (Not your average flatiron). This will help keep your hair safe from direct heat while pressing firmly to straighten your hair. To add detail to your silk blow-out, make sure to get an aluminum curling wand, that glides through the hair easily, creating curls that last.
Before and After Cleansing
Before adding water to your hair, check for fragile strands by gently pulling the ends of your hair. If your strands are dry, brittle or straggly, it’s time to use a deep conditioner with natural proteins. First, you want to work on strengthening and moisturizing your hair the right way. (This may take a month to do before straightening your hair.) Second, cleanse the scalp gently, using a natural clarifying shampoo or cleanser that removes buildup if pores are clogged. Next, lather your deep conditioner on your hair. (Follow the conditioning method on the previous blog on how to moisturize and condition your hair.) You want to spend as much time conditioning as you do straightening your hair, make sure you are under circulated heat for up to an hour before washing out your conditioner and detangling your hair.
Detangle and Blow Out
Once the hair is detangled and conditioned properly, part and separate the hair into 6 sections. Now prep the hair before blow-drying, by adding a leave-in conditioner and smoothing spray. If you have kinky-coily textured hair, add a comb attachment instead of a brush for the best smoothing results. Now with your comb attachment or wooden brush glide through the hair gently, take your time and stretch the hair in each section. (From the root to ends on a regulated heat level.)
Flat Iron No Heat Damage
After hair is properly blow-dried, it is stretched and ready to be flat ironed. (Hair should be full and have an airy or flowy look) Before applying additional heat add a light serum, infused with botanicals and oils that protect the hair. The technique for flat ironing is quite simple, gently glide the flat iron to each row with one pass. Start from the nape of the hair and gradually get to the sides then the front. After hair is flat ironed and has a glossy look with a natural shine, it is time to trim your ends. if you notice thin damaged ends, you may want to seek a professional for a trim. It is important to have top quality shears before cutting, the best shears to use are made with steal and have fine combs attached to one side of the shears. When trimming the ends, start by sectioning the hair in 4 parts and trim the ends diagonally. After hair is trimmed, add a pomade of your chose to seal and lay your edges for a finish look. If you prefer bouncy curls, follow up with the flat iron on low heat or your aluminum curling wand. When curling with a flat iron, curve the iron the opposite direction, then back towards you, creating a Shirley temple curl then twirl or cuff each curl with your fingers. (This will make the curls last longer) After curling, pin your curls with clips (Or brush hair and wrap it in a plastic cap.) and sit under the hooded dryer for ten to twenty minutes.
Finished Look and Upkeep
Once dry, unwrap or unpin your hair, then comb into a style of your choice. ( Your hair should feel silky and healthy!) Allow 4 to 8 weeks to pass before applying heat again. Make sure to wrap your hair with a silk scarf to preserve your style that could last up to two weeks. Enjoy!