I actually didn't realise there were so many techniques for blow drying hair. I haven't blow dried my hair since about May 2011. Since then, I've had my hair blow dried twice: on my wedding day, 11.11.11 and at the beginning of January when I braided my hair.
I'm working on building my confidence to blow dry my own hair again. My goal with blow drying is to detangle more effectively; straightening my hair is not a key goal at all.
Before you blow dry, however, here are 9 tips for how to blow dry natural black hair gently. The most impotant tips are to detangle well before the blow dry and to ensure it's strong, i.e. well conditioned and sealed.
The Tension Method (Blow Drying Natural Hair)
This is the gentlest technique for blow drying hair because it doesn't make use of a comb. This wouldn't do justice to my very coily, thick, course 4C hair; I would need to keep detangling with a comb as I blow dried. Below, she seals with grapeseed oil. A top ingredient in our Hair Growth Stimulator.
The Modified Tension Method (Blow Drying Hair)
The only difference here is that you make greater use of a wide-tooth comb or a brush to detangle and smooth the hair down a little further. In the below video she blow dries her ends but personally, I would keep the blow dryer of hair ends because they are the weakest section of hair.
The Comb Attachment Method (Blow Drying Hair)
This involves blow drying hair using a blow dryer that has a comb attached to the end of it. Most hair salon I've been to use this technique. I can't find a decent video but this one will do until I make my own!
The Round Brush Method (Blow Drying Natural Hair)
This involves blow drying hair using a rounded brush. It's the least gentle of the 4 methods. It produces the straightest hair and the most volume. I think this is a little too intense. A better idea is to roll your hair using hair rollers and blow dry the surface gently or use a hooded dryer.
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By Heather Katsonga-Woodward
I was a natural hair blogger and mixtress living between London & Chicago from 2012 to 2017. I always thought I was 4C but some say 4B; images below - you decide! Heather xx