A Natural Hair Blow Dry Regimen

This is my second week blow drying my natural hair and I must say that I am impressed! I watched JoStylin‘s You Tube video a couple months ago and was in awe of her beautiful “Nigerian Hair” as she referrers to her tresses on her channel.

I ran across her video while searching for ways to grow my hair longer. The only other YouTuber that I can recall, who had amazingly long natural hair, and incorporated blow drying into her regimen was the late Longhairdontcare2011 . The only difference between the two was JoStylin washes her hair weekly and Longhairdontcare2011 only washed monthly.

I had to adjust my products a bit to accommodate my hair type which is medium thickness with fine strands. I was able to get my hands on a fabulous deep conditioner which I will be blogging about very soon called Dominican Magic and I’m also trying out a few heat protectants too.

Having a blow dry regimen is really easy so far. I upgraded my hand held blow dryer at the beginning of the summer and I absolutely love it. It has ionic technology that makes drying my hair quick and hassle free!

Here are some con’s and pro’s to a blow dry regimen:

Con’s 

  • More time is needed then my previous wash and go regimen
  • More products are necessary to protect and prepare my hair
  • The long term effects are to be seen

Pro’s

  • You are able to enjoy your stretched hair
  • The shine and softness is lasting
  • Easier to style in buns and other protective styles
  • Allows for oils to be evenly distributed throughout each strand

Here’s a rough draft of my new natural hair blow dry regimen:

  1. Shampoo
  2. Condition
  3. Detangle with a wide tooth comb
  4. Rinse
  5. Deep Condition
  6. Rinse
  7. Place hair in 6 sections
  8. Apply Leave In Conditioner
  9. Apply Oil
  10. Apply Cream Moisturizer ( notice the L.O.C. method is applied in steps 8, 9, & 10)
  11. Apply a heat protectant
  12. Blow dry each section

As far as styling goes, I’ve mostly been sticking to buns and updo’s. However, I will be experimenting with different styles as the weeks go on.

What are your thoughts about blow drying natural hair or using heat in general? Leave a comment below.

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Comments

  1. Maria says:

    We may have very similar textures, because I too have implemented a blow drying regi, that is modeled after JoStylin & Longhairdontcare2011. I’ve been natural 6 yrs and woukd only blow dry before I got kinky twists, which was the only long-term ps I would do. My hair thrived, up until 2012 when I went to get my hair “done” a salon and was told by the stylist I had split ends. I believed her and she cut my 4c hair from bsl to barely neck nl……. and since then I’m striving to get back my length. I’m not sure how long you’ve been doing the blow dry regi, but any updates on your progress I’d love to hear.