Natural hair is very versatile and there are endless possibilities when it comes to styling natural hair.
A blow out is just one of those options when naturals are planning to put in braids or some other protective style.
However, heat is one of the biggest enemies of natural hair and can lead to dry and damaged hair plus split ends.
What is Heat Damaged Hair?
Heat damaged hair is hair that no longer reverts to its natural state after heat application. Sometimes, it’s just bits and pieces of your hair that remains straight while at times, the entire head of hair remains straight.
In most cases, the solution to heat damaged hair is cutting off and starting again, which can be very upsetting after putting in hard work to reach your goal length.
However, with a few techniques, I have been able to blow out my hair several times without having any issues with reversion afterward.
The success to a good blow out without heat damage is the technique used, which I’ve outlined below:-
How to Blowdry Natural Hair Without Damage
1. Start with a Moisturizing Shampoo
Always start with a fantastic moisturizing shampoo. Some of the best moistruizing shampoos for natural hair include:-
- Crème of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo
- Renpure Organics Argan Oil Shampoo
- Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Shampoo
- Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deep Moisturizing Shampoo.
2. Rich Rinse-out Conditioner
3. Deep Condition with Heat
After rinsing out the conditioner, this next step really matters. Deep condition with heat for 30 – 45 minutes with a super awesome deep conditioner.
Some of the best deep conditioners for natural hair include:-
- tgin Honey Miracle Hair Mask
- Mielle Organics Babassu Oil Mint Deep Conditioner
- Ouidad 12 Minute Deep Treatment
- Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment.
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4. Detangle Thoroughly
Afterward, detangle and rinse out the deep conditioner thoroughly. Make sure you get it all out or your blow out will be dry and frizzy.
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5. Work in Sections
Section hair into easy to work with sections and apply your favorite leave-in conditioner followed by a layer of a light oil like grapeseed or sweet almond oil to each section.
Work through each section and pin up. These are my heat protectants but you can use a commercial heat protectant if you like.
Undo each section and detangle again with your fingers then use the tension method to blow dry with a blow dryer with a comb attachment. Work in small sections if necessary.
This step requires some patience but if your hair is healthy and properly detangled, it shouldn’t take that long.
You don’t have to use a blow dryer with comb attachment if you’re not interested in silky straight hair.
You can also use a good round brush like Spornette Prego Ceramic Rounder X-Large 275 Brush or paddle brush like Agave Healing Oil Smooth and Shine Paddle Brush if you prefer but I didn’t find this necessary.
Repeat for each section until your entire head is done them immediately wrap up your hair and tie a silk wrap around it to prevent reversion.
Best Blow Dryers with Comb Attachment for Natural Hair
As I mentioned above, the blow dryer used is also important to this process as it will prevent hair loss and dry hair.
You want a blow dryer that has versatile heat settings and equipped with ceramic and ionic technology.
Below are 3 highly recommended blow dryers with comb and diffuser attachments for natural hair:-
This blow dryer is gorgeous in black chrome. It has four speed and four heat settings, two concentrator nozzles and a comb attachment.
However, it has no diffuser. You can read reviews for the Andis Professional 1875 Watt Ceramic Ionic Hair Dryer HERE.
This blow dryer contains 3 attachments – 1 bristle brush, 1 dual-row fine-tooth straightening comb and 1 wide-tooth detangling comb.
Also has 2 sped and heat settings and is suitable for use around the world voltage wise. You can read more reviews for the Infiniti Pro by Conair 1875 Watt 3-in-1 Tourmaline Ceramic Ionic Styler HERE.
Equipped with negative ions and far infrared heat, this is one of the best blow dryers for natural hair. It includes a concentrator nozzle, diffuser & straightening comb pik.
It also dries hair faster. However, there is no diffuser included. You can read more reviews of the BERTA Professional Hair Dryer 1875W Hair Blow Dryer HERE.
If you already have a blow dryer and just want a comb attachment, you can buy this separately. Some recommended ones include Red by Kiss Universal Detangling Pik and Red Kiss Universal Pik (Long Comb).
Do you have a favourite blowdryer that you think is the bees knees but isn’t on this list? Share in the comments section.
Abi delved into the world of hair care after suffering from a bout of severe hair loss. She is the founder of Healthy Natural Hair Products & Natural Oils for Hair and Health, as well as the writer of the Healthy Hair Care Series. She is also the creator of the The Self-Empowerment Network Portal. Read more…