If you’re anything like us, you have a love hate relationship with heat styling. When it’s good, it’s good. From stretched twist outs to blowouts and silk presses, heat can be an extremely useful styling tool. But the looming threat of heat damage is like a storm cloud looming over your pressed tresses. There are tons of naturalistas who swear by regular heat use, and others who avoid it like the plague. Our recommendation is definitely moderation, and we’re here to share a little tip on how to get the blowout look with half the heat. It may take a bit of practice to perfect, but it’s definitely worth reducing your heat use!
What Do You Need?
For this technique, you’ll need to start with freshly detangled, washed, and deep conditioned hair. You’re not gonna be adding any heavy moisturizers to your hair for this style, so you’re gonna want your hair to be thoroughly moisturized. We recommend using the Indulge Deep Conditioner or the Strengthen Protein/Moisture Balancing Deep Conditioner for an extra bit or nourishment.
You’ll also need a spray bottle, a pack or elastics/rubber bands, your favorite hair oil, a styling foam of your choosing, a fine tooth comb, clips or pins, and a pack of old school magnetic rollers. Finally, you’ll need a heat protectant and a blow dryer. Ideally, you would use a hooded dryer or a cloth dryer hood attachment, but if all you’ve got is a dryer, we can work with that.
Section Your Hair
First, you want to take your rubber bands and coat them in hair oil. Coating the rubber bands in oil will make it so they don’t snag and break your hair. Split your hair up into small sections. The size of your sections will depend on the thickness of your hair and how stretched you want your hair to be. Give each section a good spray with your spray bottle and then rubber band each section. This will ensure that your roots dry flat, but it’s really important your hair stay drenched through every step of this process.
Roll Those Sections
Once you’ve got your hair in the desired amount of sections, It’s time to add your rollers. This is where you’ll need your styling foam and heat protectant. Apply the heat protectant all over, and then add a generous amount of foam to each section. Roll the hair onto the roller from ends to roots. Then use your fine tooth comb to distribute the product evenly and smooth the hair out (It’s very important that your hair is thoroughly detangled before this step to avoid damage). Use a good amount of tension when applying the rollers so that you get a good stretch. Secure the rollers with clips or pins. Try to make all your rollers go in the same direction. This will help when it’s time to wrap your hair.
Break Out That Dryer
This step might be the longest. And for that reason, there’s a very large margin of error. Whether you’re sitting under a hooded dryer, or using a hand head dryer, with or without a hooded attachment, you’re going to need to stick with it until your hair is completely dry. If your hair is even slightly damp when you take the rollers out, the style will be compromised. The length of drying time depends on your hair’s thickness and your drying method; drying hand held without a hooded attachment will most likely take longer.
Wrap It Up!
When your hair is completely dry, you can remove the rollers and rubber bands. You can oil your hands first to avoid any unnecessary friction that may cause additional frizz. Once all your curls are down, you can begin wrapping. You’ll need your clips or pins as well as a styling brush/comb. We recommend you try the Teal Detangling Brush. It’ll make the wrapping process easy and relatively snag free!
Essentially, you’re just combing all of your hair in one direction around your head and pinning in place as you go along. It may be a bit awkward if you’ve never done it before, but you got! Just keep at it and it’ll get easier. Once your hair is wrapped, apply a little more head, tie it up with a scarf, remove your pins, and let rest overnight.
The next day, you can comb the hair down and voila! You’ve got blown out hair with little to no direct heat. The risk for heat damage with this technique is basically zero. And if you maintain a wrap, this style can last you quite a while!
Do you think you’ll try this technique? Do you know any other techniques to lessen heat use? Share in the comments.