Just like flat ironing, blow drying natural or transitioning hair is something you may want to take on sometimes to have a certain look or to switch up your look.
For the most part, its best to eliminate using heat on your hair as much as possible. Nevertheless, if you apply the proper technique and products, you will be okay with infrequent blow drying without incurring too much damage.
You just need to modify the kinds of products you put in to make sure that you don’t add back too much water and cause all of your blow drying work to be for nothing.
If you do a blow out prior to doing a braid or twist out you have to change the products that you use to make sure that you don’t re-hydrate your hair excessively and cause it to “go back” after the blow dry.
Picking the Top Blow Dryer: When blow drying transitioning or natural hair, it is a good idea to use a comb attachment on your blow dryer. Using a comb attachment allows you to style thick hair much more easily and you do not need to use a comb in one hand with the blow dryer in the other. Given this, when you choose your blow dryer, make sure that you get one with this type of attachment.
After you eliminate all of the blow dryers that don’t come with an attachment comb there aren’t that many choices left. Some good basic brands are Con Air, Yellow Bird Hot Tools, and Tourmaline Tools. The best is a ceramic ionic one.
Products: When you blow dry your hair, you should only apply heat protector as you are working through the sections. Putting on moisturizer or conditioner will result in it taking a very long time for your hair to dry because you’ve sealed in moisture and now you are trying to get it back out. After you have dried your hair, however, you want to apply a non water based moisturizer, gloss or shine serum, and hair oil.
Technique: For the fastest drying and to lessen the possibility of breakage, it is a good idea to section your hair into 12 sections then dry from tip to root applying heat through each section of hair until it is completely dry.
If you go from root to tip you will no doubt pull your hair out because it causes too much tension on the hair. Also, wait to put on any products, especially oils, until you are done drying each section. If you put the oil on before the section is dry, it takes much longer to dry because the strands are already coated with the moisture “sealed in”