Going straight is a treat for me.
As a curly girl with stacks on stacks on stacks of hair, achieving straight locks is a bit of a chore.
Usually I pay for the service.
Technically I can do it myself; if I want to spend two hours sweating myself funky and working my arms to exhaustion. Depending on what I have on the agenda, I may stop for a cry half way through.
Despite the horror I have been known to dedicate an afternoon to a DIY blowout.
There is a method to the madness. Here is mine…
How to Blowout Hair for Curly Chicks
*Note: I didn’t have the arm strength to photograph myself AND blow out my own hair to show you all of the steps in the process, so I used Dude 3 as my guinea pig.
1. Block off time in your schedule. This sort of thing can’t be rushed. For those of you who rock curls mostly and blow outs rarely, this will be a commitment of both time and effort. Prepare your mind. Send your kids to Mimi’s house. Pour yourself a glass of ice water (wine will make you sweat and sweat=bad in the world of blow outs). Turn on your 90s jams and go to work.
2. Get the right tools. You don’t need may, but you need a few staples: a rounded brush works nicely, a blow dryer, clips for separating hair (the claw ones work best for me), and, a curling iron to finish off the gnarly bits. You might want to get a comb for parting your sections, but I just use my fingers.
3. Once your hair is washed and conditioned, use a protective straightening cream. They make your job easier while also protecting your fragile hair from damage (we curly girls aren’t used to heat). I go for Mixed Chicks Straightening Serum if I’m fancy, and this Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Flat Iron Perfector Straightening Mist if it’s a cheap month. I can walk right into Target and snag the Garnier one, no problem.
4. Section your hair. I do at least 6, but do what works for you. Clip or band each section separately. I like working in super small sections when I do my hair because it’s long and really curly and hard to keep a handle on if it’s all out and blowing around. Shorter, not quite as tightly curled hair (like Dude 3 below) is easier to manage so slightly bigger sections are okay to work with.
5. Unleash each section as you work on it and then, once it’s dry, clip it up again so you can keep it from getting nuts. Never let your hair get the upper hand. You are Janet Jackson, Control (go ahead, sing it like you mean it).
6. Make sure you dry your hair COMPLETELY. To achieve the best results, I wrap the hair over the brush, starting at the root, then I put the blow dryer right on the brush and pull down to the end. I repeat this step on each section until it’s dry.
7. Once all of the sections are blown dry, get your curling iron and hit them again. I can never get my home blow outs as straight as they do in the salon so I add a bit of curl at home to for interesting texture of the non-frizzy variety.
8. Pay special attention to the roots. If you’re sweating (like I am by this time for sure) they may already be betraying you.
9. Finish it off with some sort of styling products. Maybe a finishing spray of some sort. I don’t usually do this at home, because I’m cheapish, but they hook you up at the salon and I know it adds shine and prolongs straightness.
10. Werk. Expect people to respond differently to straight hair you. It’s not that it’s better, it’s just that it’s SO different. Embrace it. Enjoy it. And ignore the people who say you look better with straight hair, because we all know your curls are amazing (I’m talking directly to my children here who constantly tell me they wish I would keep my “silky hair” because it is SO much prettier than my curly hair. Haters gonna hate.).