Dominican Blow Out on Natural Hair

I’m usually really quick to reply to emails and will answer questions to the best of my ability.This is another topic that seems to be raised a few times. I my own personal hair-beliefs, so don’t take what I say as gospel. Just use what works for you and pass over anything else. Because I have gotten this question several times, I felt it was worth addressing in the Questions and Answers section.

Someone, who shall remain nameless, as I’m very respectful of people’s privacy, sent me a link to a video showing a woman with natural, coarse hair, not only getting a dominican blow out, but she had her hair set in rollers prior. I watched the entire video from beginning to end and have some very strong feelings about what I saw.

While I love the swaaaay that I get from doing my roller sets and blowing out my hair, I am not a fan of using excessive heat. It is my opinion, and only my opinion, that in some cases doing a dominican blow out on natural, and even relaxed hair calls for using too much heat on the hair.

If you have the type of hair that will wrap around a roller without having a relaxer, chances are your natural hair will look just as sleek as someone with a relaxer. However, if you have coarse, kinky hair, which there is absolutely nothing wrong with having, and your hair puffs up on the rolos, then your hair will require extra heat.

Some say that since the hair is natural it’s stronger, therefore, it can handle the heat. That may be true, but if you are going to apply that much heat, you may as well just use a flat iron. At least in that case, there’s no pulling, or tugging of the hair with a brush.

Keep in mind, it takes only one mistake, one slipup to damage your hair. Once the damage has taken place, you then have a choice to make: gradually grow out the weakened hair by getting regular trims, or just cut it all off. Oh, I forgot, some of us use the “ignore it, it will grow” technique and this tends to lead to further damage.

I want to keep my hair healthy, moisturized and on my scalp, so I prefer to use minimal heat. Whenever possible, I just air dry my hair, that way if I need to pass the blower over it, I don’t have a double dose of “fire.”

In some cases someone will bypass rollers and go straight to the blow out, but the two main differences, in my opinion, is the frequency and the hair type. Although my hair is curly, I have very tight curls, relax my hair and don’t think that I would be a good candidate for frequent blow drying.

Yes, I like my hair straight and shiny and to have swaaaay, but I don’t want to sacrifice my entire head of hair by over doing the heat.

Mi familia ha dicho, my family says, that everyone did rolos growing up, but the blow dryer wasn’t part of the equation when she was coming up. Without giving away ages of my family members, I’ll just say that a few of them probably were around before the blow dryer, and they still managed to have bounce, body and healthy hair.

As I always say, use your discretion. Take precautions, pamper the hair you have now, or you may have to learn to be patient as you grow out damaged, burned hair.

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34 Responses to Dominican Blow Out on Natural Hair

  1. Tanya says:


    I am a hairdresser of 12 years in the Atlanta area. I an getting more and more clients that want me to restore their hair from blow outs.

    Dominican salons are popular here and admire their work. But, clients come to me to restore excessive heat damage. I am infavor of indirect heat methods like doobies and wraps for relaxed hair. If your hair is professionally relaxed you will not need excessive heat to have straight bouncy hair. Improper application of home relaxer kits are 1 cause for the need of excessive heat.

    My recommendations are: Get your relaxer applied professionally when new growth is about 1/2 to 1 inch long. every 6-8 weeks.
    You will not need to apply excessive heat if your relaxer is applied by a competent professional, opt for a doobie.

    Relaxed hair and excessive heat is HAIR ABUSE!

  2. LaNegra says:

    Hi Tanya,

    Thanks for visiting and sharing your opinions.

    I had to edit my comment to you, as I realized that I completely misread what you wrote.

    I COMPLETELY AGREE that too much heat leads to hair damage. Regardless to whether a stylist or patron is Dominicana, African American or Boriqua, too much heat will kill the hair!

    That’s exactly why I go the route of blowing only my roots when they are in need.

    Entonces, good luck with your business and please stop back by and keep us posted of any specials you have going on in your salon.


  3. slim says:

    Well, I keep my hair natural. No perms, just presses.

    Ive found that ALOT of salons have become so used to relaxers that they cant even do natural hair anymore!!

    I live in Brooklyn,NY and someplaces I go dont even have the tools for pressing. Luckily, I found this GREAT Dominican spot…only con is that its a hour & change away from me but they do my hair like NO ONE ELSE!

    My hair comes out so nice and thin that people are always asking me If I got a fresh perm. I do agree that too much heat isnt good thats why I try to press my hair every 2 weeks.

    Sadly I might be moving from Brooklyn and the thought of being so far from Lily’s (the salon) scares meee!! Thats why Im trying to learn how to do my hair at home ASAP

  4. LaNegra says:

    You know Slim, you are so right that most salons only handle relaxed hair. I have an acquaintance who wears her hair natural.

    It’s beautiful, healthy, thick healthy hair, but she occasionally likes to have a “press n curl” and cannot find anyone willing to do her hair. She has very tight, coily hair, so a roller set won’t work so well, but can you believe that people actually roll their eyes when she asks if they do press n curls? Amazing!

  5. DeeDee says:

    In response to salons not being able to do natural hair, I totally understand. 3 years ago, I went down to a boy cut due to damage and let it grow back naturally. I loved my curly fro” but as you, I had the same problem finding salons that would work with it. Even sadly it’s misleading how many of these salons would have “Natural” in the name of their business. Sadly after wearing it nice and “kinky’ for a year, I went back to relaxers because of this issue….so sad

  6. Ruby Reeves says:

    Does the dominican salone thin out yojur hair and make your hair break, if you go every 2 weeks and do they really know how to help your grow and do they grow your hair more healther

  7. LaNegra says:

    To answer your question in order, it depends and it depends again.

    Let’s keep in mind that a Dominican stylist is just like everyone else, who has gone to cosmetology school. She may do a kick-butt job on your hair, know exactly what your hair needs. Some, if you develop a rapport with one, will tell you what your hair-needs are before you have a chance to ask. This is usually a good sign for me. Now, keep in mind that because most Dominican salons, especially in NYC, have a revolving door. What I mean, is that there are customers in/out all day and if a new one comes the stylist may not been over backwards to offer advice, if they get the impression that the client will never been seen again, so a stylist may not just flat out offer any advice. On the other hand, again…a Dominicana stylist is just like anyone else; I’ve been to some GREAT stylists, but I have also experienced my fair-share of don’t-let-them-touch-the-hair-on-my-arms types.

    Now, as for growing your hair…this too, depends on the stylists, but you have to claim some culpability as well. Even the best stylist is limited by what you do with your hair once you leave their chair. You must: eat well, drink plenty of water; keep your hair hydrated, comb GENTLY; wear a dubi, or pin your hair up in the evening; be sure not to over handle your hair and invest in products that work for your hair.

    With that said, I find that if you can find a good stylist and learn the basics of post-salon maintenance, you will find that your hair is healthy and maintains that maximum length. This is why you will see so many women with coarse, dry hair, who in the past were not able to reach longer length, flowing and swaaaaying now :)

    One thing to keep in mind, with regards to length, each person has predestined length that will not surpass, regardless to what they do. Our hair goes through certain phases, and when treated properly, we are able to maintain the maximum length, before each strand falls, making way for a new strand…anyway, I digress, but thought it important to mention that.

  8. Lexy says:

    LeNegra… I usually don’t comment on post but our hair does not have a pre-destined length. As African Americans we start to think that because our hair “stumps” at a particular length but that doesn’t mean it is incapable of growing longer. Weekly deep conditioning as in under the dryer with a very good conditioner no less than 25 min, eating well and drinking plenty of water, trimming for an even length and taking care to YOUR HAIR TYPE will assist in growing your hair until you decide to cut it off. I emphasis on your hair type because we tend to try and revert our hair against its natural state which prevents the hair from growing.

  9. LaNegra says:

    Lexy, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. I find that we agree on a lot.

    African Americans are not the only ones who have kinky hair; let’s not forget where the kinks originated, So many of us from the islands, from the caribbean have the same hair “concerns” that African Americans have.

    Kinky hair, whether it be on the head of an African American, Dominicana, or Jamaican, is the same. It’s hair and needs to be taken care of based on specific needs.

    I have mentioned before that healthy hair requires nurturing (deep conditioning), drinking lots of water and regular trims. Does this mean that if we follow these guidelines that every, single woman will have hair down her back? Not necessarily; this just increases your chances of reaching optimal length…and I have to add that not every woman wants long hair.

    When it comes to being natural, or relaxed…I always say it’s a matter of preference. We, people in general, are always wishing for the other gals’ hair. Women with straight hair want curls and waves and those of us with tight curls want it straight.

    At the end of the end of the day, it’s about finding what works and sticking to it.

  10. Ms. Starr says:

    I hear many people talk about Dominican blowouts drying out their scalps and damaging their hair. However I think that the frequency and the type of hair that you have determines how much damage will be done to your hair. I absolutely love Dominican blowouts! However, it should be noted that I have been completely natural (with no relaxer or perm) for eleven years and I have my blowout done once every six to eight weeks, the same way women get “touch ups” with relaxers. In between salon visits, I use no heat. Once my blowout begins to wave up, I wash it myself and deep condition it. It air-dries in two braids and then I use hair milk from Carols Daughter and wear it natural until I return. My hair has not fallen out yet. Its been over a year. My hair is natural and the roller set does not work for me because my hair is absolutely too wavy and curly without a relaxer. This is my hair experience. Everyone is different and though I love the blowouts, I so wouldn’t go every two weeks.

  11. LaNegra says:

    There are so many factors that come into play: hair type, frequency, amount of heat.
    I have cousin who can have her hair blown out directly, no roller set, twice a week (sometimes more). Her hair is always healthy and shiny.

    I’m not so lucky. If I blow mine out more than once a week, it’s only a matter of a month or two before I begin to see the negative results.

    And let’s not forget that not every stylist is going to work for every, single head of hair that enters the salon. My cousin’s hair always looks silky, but whenever I try her, my hair always looks like it’s going to puff up at any moment. So, it’s a matter of knowing what you like AND what works for you. :)



  12. Newwmee says:

    I have natural hair I think 4b/4c and I had a dominican blow out now my afro is not as tight as it use to be, and shedding or breaking like crazy. What have I done???? how can I get my texture back with out starting over? And stop the shedding of breaking

  13. LaNegra says:

    Hola Newwmee,
    I’m so sorry to read about your negative experience. I’m not familiar with the numbers you wrote about (4b/4c); would you explain that to me?
    As for your hair not being tight and the shedding, that’s the reason why I have said that sometimes dominican blowouts do not work well for natural hair. It’s not that it’s impossible to get the hair straight, it’s just that it may require too much heat and tension to flatten out the kinks and curls. How long ago did you have your hair done?

    At any rate, I recommend that you moisturize like crazy! Humecto is my all time favorite moisturizer. Your hair may have been dried out, so putting moisture back in may help. You may also want to try using a reconstructor every other month or so. Aphogee two step is what I use and find that it leaves my hair much less stiff, as compared to the other reconstructors I’ve used. I also like Joico K-Pac, but Aphogee is my favorite.

    You will have to be patient, especially if the stylist burned your hair (I pray she didn’t), but the truth is that it takes way more heat to straighten tight curls, which means that there is a higher risk of damage. Keep me posted.


  14. Ame says:

    Thank you for starting this thread. This information has been very helpful.


  15. LaNegra says:

    I’m glad you found it useful :)

  16. Keitha says:

    Are there any Dominican salons in the New Orleans area? I’ve had my hair “blown out” twice in Connecticut and I loved it. But I live in New Orleans. PLEASE HELP!

  17. LaNegra says:

    Hey amiga, I’m sorry don’t know of any salons in New Orleans :(
    Perhaps a reader knows of one and can help out.

  18. Ray says:

    There is a Dominican Salon on Holmes in Terrytown (New Orleans metro area) . The name of the salon is Vanessa’s.

  19. LaNegra says:

    Can you get an address?

  20. Ray says:

    It’s 91 Holmes Blvd. Terrytown, LA 70056.

  21. tresa says:

    Are there any dominican salons in phenix city, AL or columbus, GA? My current stlyist uses a technique called a ‘silk out’ which seems similar to the dominican blow out.

  22. LaNegra says:

    Hola Tresa, I don’t know of any salons in the area you requested…but some of the readers may.
    How does a silk out work?

  23. Chisama says:

    Its not in columbus,ga… But there is one off of Jimmy Carter called Lilly’s Dominican Salon.

    I Think they r pretty good!!! But it depends on ur preference.

  24. Tiffany says:

    Are there any dominican salons in jackson, ms area? I want to try a dominican blowout.

  25. Chery says:

    Hi, I just moved from boston,ma to bossier city,la now looking for a dominican hair salon please help!!

  26. LaNegra says:

    Sorry amigita, I don’t know if any spots out there…maybe someone will be able to offer some advice.

  27. steph says:

    tresa, Elba salon on airport thruway. she is from panama and she specializes in dominican blow out. really nice lady

  28. steph says:

    would anyone recommend putting naural hair in roller set before the blow out or just proceed right to the blow out after hair is washed?

  29. LaNegra says:

    Hola Steph,
    It depends on the texture of your hair. If the hair is really coily or kinky, the rolos usually don’t do much to smooth out the ends. They do, however, remove some of the water, but the hair is still VERY poofy.
    In that case, it’s probably no difference, so may as well go straight to the blowout.

    If, however, your hair wraps around the rollers without getting puffy, then it’s worth putting in the rolos.

  30. chino says:

    Do you know of any spots in NY that do good blow outs?

  31. LaNegra says:

    D’Colores is my favorite! They are Second Ave between 116th & 117th Street. There is another one on 120th off of 3rd Avenue…that’s pretty good. I’m partial to the ones in Manhattan, not because they are better, per se, but because I have been to most of them, or my friends have been to them.

    If anyone else can recommend salons, please sound in :)


  32. medschool says:

    Hola Lanegra!
    I absolutely loved this article! I agree with a lot of the ladies’ comments. I’m from brooklyn and I love the dominican blow out. Before I started going there, I would get mi pelo done at a black salon and they used a hot comb on my hairan which was fine but too a long time. My mom then took us to a dominican salon and I jus fell in love with them! To me, it comes out way more bouncy as opposed to using a flat iron. I live in new orleans now and unfortunately I’ve had bad experiences with hair salons here so I resort to doing my own hair. My hair is really curly and seems to work well with a roller set and a blow dry. Adios chica!

  33. LaNegra says:

    Gracias amiga! And good luck in medschool!!

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