The key to a Dominican Blowout is having the right tools:
- Magnetic rollers – like the ones they use in a dominican salon. They come in different sizes. It’s important to use the appropriate size for your hair length. If your rollers are too big, your hair will come out limp and lifeless. If you use small rollers, the effects can be pretty cool, but your drying time increases.
- A hair dryer. My personal favorite is the Pibbs Kwik Dry 514. This dryer should come with a warning because it gets HOT! But you can adjust the temperature, so turning down the heat, without decreasing the airflow is an awesome option.
- A round brush. There are a couple of types that I use. I use a boar’s hair brush when I’m just blwong out my roots and if I am short on time and my hair isn’t completely dry at the ends I use a round brush with a metal barrel, because it acts like a hot curler and distributes heat as I blow my hair.
- Lots of butterfly clamps – I like to section my hair and use the clamps to pull the hair out of the way as I work.
- A blow dryer with a nozzle at the end. The concentration nozzle helps to direct the heat as you work to get the curls and kinks out. The quality of your blow dryer makes the difference between a blowout and a “dominican” blowout.
Ok, let’s get started.
- We are going to start with freshly washed hair that has been roller set and dried.Your hair needs to be dry from roots to ends. The slightest bit of dampness can cause you to frizz and prevents you from getting that sleek look you want. So, before you rush to pull out all of your rollers, test your hair by taking out a roller from the longest part of your hair.If your hair doesn’t bounce back or snap into a curl, it’s probably still damp. If you pull the roller out and the hair is cold, your hair is still damp.
- I part my hair in half from ear to ear. Then I split the front section into three: left-side, top-mohawk, and right-side.
- I start at the back of my head, like they do at the salon. I’ve tried it from top to bottom and it’s just easier for me to work that way. With the sections all ready to go, I start with a section at the nape of my neck with a very small, thin section.
- Using my boar’s hair brush, I hold the hair closest to my scalp and pass the blow dryer over that section of hair. I use the brush to HOLD the hair, not PULL the hair. You really don’t need any tension where the brush is, even if you are due for a touch up. It’s all a matter of learning how to hold the brush and how to use the blower.
- After the first section is done, I make another thin section and do the same thing. I hold the hair with the brush and use the blower to straighten the hair. It’s important to pass the blower down the shaft of the hair. You should not pass the blower from the ends up towards your scalp.
- When you are done with the back section. Take the butterfly clip out on either the left or right side of your front and work in the same manner, bottom to top. You start with a small section close to your ear, clipping the rest of your hair and work your way up to the crown of your head. When you are done with that side, repeat steps for the last side. Remember, the airflow from the blow dryer should be going down the shaft.
- I don’t need a mirror to do my blowouts, because I’ve been doing them for so long, but you can see what my hair looks like before (right side) and after (left side) it’s been blown out. The blown out side is not only straight, but it shines baby, shines!
- When you’re done you should have a lot of swiiiiiing!
Your hair should be bouncy shiny and full of volume. At this point you can add a little sheen or a very light finishing oil. I am not a fan of grease. In fact the only grease, grease-like substance I ever use is when I’m basing my scalp and even that grease is designed for basing. Grease weighs down the hair and it is notorious for attracting dirt.
- Now, you can decide if you want it straight, or if you want a little curl. If you want it straight without flips or anything, then you can do a doobie.
- This is what it looks like when you take your doobie down the next day. Nice, sleek and straaaaaaight.