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If you are keen to length­en your hair but do not have the time or patience for heat­less meth­ods such as African thread­ing or curl­form­ers, then blow dry­ing will be your go to method. There are a few rules that you should fol­low when blow dry­ing and these include:

- Nev­er blow dry drip­ping wet hair, this water can cause bub­bles to form inside your hair shaft. Damp or tow­el dried hair that is not drip­ping is fine.
— Always use a heat pro­tec­tant of your choice
— To max­imise move­ment and body of the hair, aim to use as lit­tle prod­uct as pos­si­ble and focus instead on spread­ing thin and even lay­ers on all the hair
— Work in sec­tions and avoid very high heat
— Find a method of blow dry­ing that gives you the least break­age or dam­age.

For this final tip, here are 4 meth­ods of blow dry­ing that you can study and decide which best suits your hair.

1. The Ten­sion Method

This is the most gen­tle method of all the blow dry meth­ods requir­ing just the dry­er and your hands to cre­ate ten­sion. If you pri­mar­i­ly fin­ger detan­gle your hair and rarely use a comb, this method is for you. In this video a con­cen­trat­ing noz­zle was not used but do use it if you have it as it will help to focus the heat bet­ter espe­cial­ly if you want a length­en­ing effect.

2. The Mod­i­fied Ten­sion Method

In prin­ci­ple, this tech­nique is near­ly iden­ti­cal to the ten­sion method, the only addi­tion is using a brush to smooth the ends of the nat­ur­al hair fur­ther out. Most peo­ple will use either a pad­dle brush or a den­man brush to do this. The advan­tage of this method is sim­ply a smoother result. Do not use this method, how­ev­er, if your hair in gen­er­al does not like brush­es.

3. The Comb Attach­ment Method

This method involves using a comb attach­ment for your hair dry­er and the advan­tage is that a much straighter result can be obtained. Again, if your hair is not hap­py with comb­ing, this method is not one you should use. Your hair should be well detan­gled before using the comb attach­ment.

4. The Round Brush Method

Using a round brush takes some prac­tice and skill to mas­ter. If your hair how­ev­er is able to with­stand medi­um to high heat, this method will be able to give you the straight­est result with quite an amount of vol­ume.

If you’re look­ing for a good qual­i­ty blow dry­er, try the Chi Rock­et Hair Dry­er, the BaByliss Pro Porce­lain Ceram­ic Dry­er and the Andis Ceram­ic Ion­ic Dry­er.

Ladies, how do you blow dry your hair? What method do you use and how fre­quent­ly do you do it?

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Wow, is that hair stuck in the round brush??? That can’t all be shed hair I’m guess­ing. I’m just not con­vinced that peo­ple can use heat and not dam­age their hair. I might be wrong, but I would just hate to risk my curls just to have straight hair for a day. If I didn’t work­out sev­en days a week, I might con­sid­er it.


I would have to say, that at least in my case, it can be done! I almost always go to a pro­fes­sion­al who was pre­vi­ous­ly nat­ur­al and has AMAZING knowl­edge on hair, to do my blowouts and straight­en­ings. (3 times so far) and my curls always bounce back amaz­ing­ly well. You just real­ly have to make sure when you do it, you are aware of your hair and what it can han­dle. No heat dam­age! But this is also some­thing I don’t do often, I love my curlz!!

The Natural Haven

No I did not see any hair stuck in the round brush. At 4:37 she holds up the brush to her hair and you can see that there are short black bris­tles on the brush. 

All this said, some hair sim­ply does not take brush­ing or heat. My hair for exam­ple is in this cat­e­go­ry. How­ev­er, many nat­u­rals can use heat with no vis­i­ble dam­age to the hair pro­vid­ed they are respon­si­ble about it. For a sev­en day exer­cis­er, I would say, you real­ly can­not use heat because that would be a dai­ly thing and that would be ter­ri­ble abuse to your hair.


I don’t think it was hair in the brush. I know often brush­es like that have longer bristles(the white ones) and more bris­tles that are short­er and usu­al­ly black. I still don’t real­ly feel com­fort­able with that method and because I am work­ing out more right now, I agree with what you said about not going through all that to have it straight for that day


I am with you Can­dice. I have worked to hard to get my hair healthy again, the risk of heat dam­age out­weighs every­thing, imo.