How To Moisturize Blow Dried Natural Hair

Have you ever wondered how to moisturize blow dried natural hair? Oh yes, today we are talking all about how to care for your stretched hair and keeping it for longer days!

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How To Moisturize Blow Dried Natural Hair

How To Moisturize Blow Dried Natural Hair
How To Moisturize Blow Dried Natural 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.

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How Often:

I blow dry my hair now 1-2 times a month. Now that my hair is much longer, I’ve limited the number 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:

The key for me is making sure that I prepare my hair before using heat. I always deep condition my hair. 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. Doing a thorough deep conditioning always keeps my hair moisturized for at least 7 days.

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After a week I usually do a light dry finger detangling and add a small amount of extra virgin olive oil focusing on the ends first and then upward.

Extra virgin olive oil is one of the few oils that are known to be able to penetrate the hair shaft. To help the hair absorb the oil I sometimes add the oil and sit under a bonnet hair dryer for about 10 minutes.

This holds my hair for another 7 days, and then it is usually time for a nice wash. I can usually only go about two weeks without adding water to my hair.

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You can spritz your ends lightly with water and then add a little oil to seal in the moisture. Do this by taking small sections, as soon as you add water and seal in the moisture, twist or braid the hair up immediately so that it stays stretched out.

Once you are done with your entire head, you can wrap the hair or pull it up into a bun so that the hair does not revert or shrink up.

Again, 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 number of products I am stacking on top of my hair. Less products, better results.

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

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 Tips to Help Make Your Blow Out Last Longer

Tip #1: Treat your hair during the shampoo/conditioning process.

There are definitely some things that you or your stylist can do during the process that will affect how long the style lasts. If your hair is lacking moisture, it will seek it from the atmosphere, which will cause your hair to revert quickly. Ensuring your hair and scalp are clean and conditioned, properly moisturized, and protein balanced are all key, as well as using thermal protection and frizz-preventing products. Start with Mielle’s Babassu Conditioning Shampoo, followed by our Babassu and Mint Deep Conditioner, and finishing with our Mongongo Oil Thermal and Heat Protectant Spray.

Tip #2: Trim your ends.

Split ends result in frizziness and can ruin the look of your blowout style. Trimming any dead or split ends after your blowout will not only extend the life of your style, but also help with maintenance.

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Tip #3: Pin curl your hair a night.

Once you’re all done with styling and it’s time to go to bed, you’re facing the most crucial step of making your blowout last longer. Pin-curling your hair helps to extend your blowout style and keep your curls, and it can help you avoid creating frizz while you sleep. Remember: small pin curls create a more curly look, while large pin curls provide more body.

Tip #4: Add a little oil each night.

Rub a nickel-sized amount of oil to your hair before wrapping or pin-curling your hair a night. The oil will coat the cuticle and take away flyaways to give your hair a sleek look in the morning. Mielle’s natural lightweight Mint Almond Oil is perfect to use because it won’t weigh your hair down. We know your hair and scalp will love the sweet, refreshing results of almond oil and peppermint!

Tip #5: Use a wrap cap or a silk/satin scarf.

Once you’ve wrapped your hair or pin curled it, be sure to use a wrap cap or a silk/satin scarf to hold the wrap or pin-curl set in place as you sleep at night. This can also ensure that your hair is kept neatly and maintained during workouts.

If you want your blowout to last, make sure you treat your hair well during the styling process. Once the style is complete, it will take some commitment to nightly maintenance to make it last longer, but the results will be worth your time and effort.

There you have it, How To Moisturize Blow Dried Natural Hair

How do you moisturize your blow dried natural hair?

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