Blow Drying Natural Hair – My Experience

Last Minute Hairstyle on straightened long natural hair

When I found Youtube I decided that I would NEVER use heat on my natural hair. I developed this big fear of damage and a whole lot of other things. Once I became a little more comfortable with my hair and started to develop my own personal regimen my opinion regarding the use of heat on my natural hair changed.

I did not start using heat in my natural hair journey until I turned two years natural.  When I turned two years I did my first blow out.  After blow drying my hair for the first time I found that I really enjoyed the stretch and the benefits I got from the stretched hair.

Blow Drying Method I Use

  • Tension Method:
    • I shampoo my hair to make sure it is thoroughly clean.
    • I do a protein treatment to strengthen the strands of my hair.
    • I do a deep conditioning using my rinse out conditioner and my extra virgin olive oil to add moisture into the hair. (heat will dry the hair out, extra moisture is a plus)
    • Detangle the hair thoroughly.
    • I add my leave in and heat protectant and put the hair into twist or braids so that the hair air dries. I wait until it is about 75-90% dry.
    • After the hair dries I then section the hair off into smaller sections and start to blow dry each section.
    • Without using the comb attachment stretch the section of hair and start to run the blow dryer up and down the section. I hold and cover the ends of my hair. I don’t find it is necessary to add heat directly to my ends. I am not going for super straight hair. You can do so if needed.
    • Continue this movement until that section of hair is stretched and dry.
    • Repeat this process until the entire head is complete.
    • You can also do a cool shot at the end. The cool shot is supposed to lay the hair cuticle back down after the use of heat.

*Tension Blow Drying*

How Often:

I blow dry my hair now 1-2 times a month. Now that my hair is much longer, I’ve limited the amount of times I am washing my hair. I blow dry after each wash. I have seen a huge difference in my hair since decreasing my wash days.

Moisturizing Blown out or Straightened Hair:

Deep conditioning is a huge plus before using heat. Heat dries the hair out so adding moisture into the hair is great and minimizes frizz. I notice a big difference if I don’t deep condition before blow drying my hair. My hair frizzes and shrinks up immediately.

When moisturizing blown out or straightened hair I use a bottle to lightly spritz water, mainly focusing on the ends. I massage the water into the hair starting from the ends and then upward. I seal in the moisture with oil. I usually only add oil to my hair once a week. If I need to set a style I use water only. My blow dried hair lasts so much longer when I am adding less product. Adding too much oil or product throughout the week can cause build up and greasy weighed down hair.

I use a leave in that is also a heat protectant. This helps to minimize the amount of products I am stacking on top of my hair. Less products, better results.

Low Sock Bun On My Natural Hair

My Quick Tips:

  • Always blow dry on clean hair
  • It is okay to blow dry your ends, but limit the amount of high heat on them
  • The faster you can finish the better, which is why air drying before you blow dry is important. You want to limit the amount of heat you are using.
  • The more heat you use the better chance you have for heat damage. Try to create a regimen that doesn’t include heat multiple times throughout the week.
  • Add a good moisturizer or heat protectant that will help with minimizing frizz
  • Heat equals dry hair and dry hair equals breakage, so keep the hair moisturized. Don’t be afraid to add oil throughout the week. (when needed)
  • Air dry the hair before blow drying. I never blow dry on soaking wet hair, this can damage to the hair and also the hair can lose its elasticity. If the hair gets too dry, spritz lightly with water before blow drying. I don’t like the hair to be too dry, the blow dryer will just dry it out even more from my personal experience.
  • A trick (sort of trick LOL!)  I use to stretch my blown out hair even more is leaving the freshly blown out hair in a bun for a day or two. This stretches the hair out more with less heat and also the blown out hair lasts longer.

As long as I have been using heat I have not seen any setbacks with my hair. I started using heat in my second year and at year four hit waist length. This is not the case for everyone! As far as heat training that is not my intentions or ultimate goal, but I do understand regular use of heat can alter the curl pattern. For over two years I have not noticed a change in my curl pattern. My coils are still super tight.

The use of heat is a personal choice. Always do your research before trying any new products or methods with your hair.

I hope that this helped someone! 🙂

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  1. Thanks for sharing Alicia 🙂 i think I made my mistake with blow drying by starting on damp hair. I am going to try again after stretching my hair in bands to see if I can get a better result.

    I also was blow drying using an attachment. Now I’m going to just hold the sections of hair separately and run the dryer on warm down my hair. My curl pattern is loose so this may work. Thanks again!

  2. Yes, when I first started blow drying, I was using the comb attachment. I started getting scared, when I saw a lot of hair coming out from the manipulation. Once I started the tension blow drying, it was no way anyone could take my blow dryer. LOL! It really did make a big difference.
    Good luck on your blow dry. Let me know how it goes for you! 🙂

  3. Yes, i just started using heat around the middle of my third yr natural. i found that once i learned how to take care of my hair properly, i didn’t mind using heat, because i knew how to use it properly. I use my blow dryer weekly on the low heat setting using the tension method after my hair has been : dc, hot oil ,shampoo and conditioned and leave in has been applied to damp hair. Finally, i either twist or band then apply a light oil and let it air dry for 3-4 hrs , when it’s about 50% or more dry with my heat protectant (grapeseed oil, i have never bought a heat protectant) And i have noticed my hair is more manageable and has less breakage because its easier to style in a stretched state. It’s not for everyone, but it works well for me.

  4. This post was great! Thanks for the info. I was also blow drying my hair with the attachment and within no time I had ragedy ends. I know use your same tension method and I’m liking that a lot better. I’m still trying to perfect my technique for streching the ends without putting heat on them, they still come out pretty curly and sometimes this causes tangles.

  5. Thank you! Yes, the tension method has been a lot better on my hair! Sometimes it helps to roll the ends with some rollers, or put the hair in twist or braids, wrap them around your head, pin the ends down, and then tie down with a satin scarf to lay their hair down.

    Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

  6. Hi Alicia! You, your hair, and your music are ALL beautiful! Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with the world!

    I too am like you were in the beginning. I am terrified of heat! I am 8 years natural, but 4 months, no heat. I have so much heat damage that in many places it looks like I’m transitioning from a relaxer. 😦

    My hair has been trimmed and gotten much healthier in the last few months though, and I would like to try the tension method to blow dry. What is the best heat protectant you can suggest?

  7. Hi!!!! Thank you so much! 🙂
    I use the Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner as my heat protectant.
    I have been blow drying my hair monthly and sometimes twice a month for two years. I have not noticed a change in my curl pattern at all. 🙂

  8. Thanks. My hair is three years natural (my second go round) I blow dry, flat iron and wear my hear natural or set. It is growing nicely and is about an inch past my shoulders. I am looking for blow dry only styles like the one you show hear with the braid. Can you offer some styles that mid length girls like me can wear.

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