How to do a Dominican Blow Out

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.

  1. LaNegra in rollersWe 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. Look at LaNegra's hair swaaaayWhen 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.
  9. 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.
  10. This is what it looks like when you take your doobie down the next day. Nice, sleek and straaaaaaight.
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146 Responses to How to do a Dominican Blow Out

  1. LaNegra says:

    Bienvenidos a Houston!
    It hurts your hair when you move from NYC, doesn’t it?

    I am so happy that the site is useful for you. I don’t use strictly dominican products, because my stylist was always big on trying a variety of products from all over the world, including Italy.

    With that said, there is one site that I have ordered from and while shipping has been a little slow at times, the prices are right and worth waiting for:

    There are other sites, but I cannot vouch for them.

  2. Deni says:

    Great site! I’ve been looking specifically to invest in a home hand dryer to use in between my salon visits (for the weeks when I work too late but the hair can’t wait).

    I’ve been going to Dominican salons for YEARS (at least 5). For the person who found it hard to believe that the majority of clients in the Dominican salons are of African descent, I can confirm that this has certainly been my experience. Clientele at the three different salons that I’ve tried has included fair skinned latinas, black (of African descent) Dominicans, Africans, African Americans, other West Indians, and even a few caucasions. The folks of “African descent” certainly make up the majority (including super coarse hair as well as “mixed” hair)… followed by the fairer skinned/finer grained hair clients.

    I’ve seen stylists get the coarsest hair on those rollers! And while women with very short and coarse hair don’t always walk out with the “swinging/super bouncing” hair as the women with longer hair do, they 1. leave with hair straighter than they probably would have gotten anywhere else and 2. over time enjoy significant hair growth.

    My only disappointment with Dominican salons is that they aren’t great on styling. They do a handful of styles well… but for something unique, this is not your option. I just got a hair cut, and the style is nothing like the sharp/sassy picture that I gave my stylist. But… she takes great care of my hair and my hair is still cute enough.

    I also hear that Ethiopian salons are on the “come up” with great straightening results.

  3. Dee says:


  4. LaNegra says:

    You just ask for lavado y secado, which literally means wash and dry. If you really need to clarify, try secado con rolos, but I’ve never had to say that.

  5. LaNegra says:

    Gracias Deni!

    I love your post! I agree with everything you said, including the limited styling by dominicanas. But you know, I liken a stylist to a construction worker. If I wanted to remodel a room, I might get one person to put new walls up, but a completely different person to lay carpet and yet a different person to paint.

    With that in mind, when I want a particular hair style, or cut, I go to someone completely different, than my favorite dominicana in NYC. However, I swear by my girl in NYC for relaxers, blowouts and product recommendations. I trust her with trims, but I picked up a tip from a fellow NY’er a few years ago. She told me that I should always go to a chain salon for a quick, inexpensive but reliable haircut. So, I started visiting SuperCuts and the likes if I had a particular cut in mind.

    I have heard about Ethiopian salons too. Do they do rolos, or do they have a different method? Maybe I can find one close to me. I’d love to give them a try.

  6. Shauriel says:

    Hello LaNegra!

    I searched and I found! I tried my first blow-out last night at home with the assistance of my husband. I couldn’t master the coordination of the brush and the blow dryer at the same time, it will definitely take more practice. I had my first blow-out experience in February in NY, where my husband is a born and bred Brooklynite. He raved that I should let the Dominican ladies do my hair, I did and I loved it! So naturally I couldn’t wait to get my blow dryer to try my own. I was reading that you have a particular blow dryer that is a 1500 watt. I purchased a Jilbere Palladium tha tis 2000 watt. I searched for the hottest one I could find. Is it the wattage or the attachment that makes the difference? I also read that you use a certain roller. What is the difference from regular hard rollers that I use currently? Also, what is the best leave-in to put in prior to rolling? I also have a concern for the middle of my hair where it is thining and I have some shorter broken off pieces in the mix, any techniques for blowing out that spot? Thanks.. I love that you have done this.. cudos to you !!!!!

  7. LaNegra says:

    Hey Shauriel!
    I read your post and hope you don’t mind, but you had me cracking up! I think it’s pretty damn nice of your husband to help a girl out! He gets the kudos today :D

    Ok, to answer your question about blowers…I’m not so sure that the wattage is necessarily the driving force behind a fire-blowing blower. At my favorite salon, in NYC, one stylist uses a blower with 1500 watts and her co-worker uses a 2000 watt blower and both get incredible results. So, I’m guessing that it’s a combination of the wattage AND the nozzle.

    I use magnetic rolos. They are just the big, hard plastic rollers that you have to use clips with. You may very well have the same rollers. Can you email a pic?

    My favorite leave-in is CHI Silk Infusion; I often mix it with a little clear serum (any kind should do), but this concoction gives me protection and sheen.

    Now, for the shorter areas of your hair – put that blower down!!! If you are unable to blow only your roots, then pass on blowing your hair. Have you watched my video? I only blow out my roots. Too much heat and too much tension will cause trouble, especially for already troubled spots. Remember, it’s better to have a head full of frizz, rather than damaged hair ;)

  8. Shauriel says:

    Thanks.. no I don’t mind at.. I like to amuse others.. lol .. But yes he does get Kudos. You can’t beat the quality and the price!! So long 50-60$ hairdos that I don’t really care for myself. I’ve always preferred to do my own hair anyhow (minus the cuts), so it’s like I found a hidden treasure. I’m sure the blowout has been around for many many years, but I’m from Delaware so it’s just now trickling down, and not even in my county but yet still not too far to travel.

    I do use hard rollers that I have to use clips with, but not sure if they are magnetic.. They are red, and green the ones that I have, with the red being bigger. Do they sell the magnetic rollos or the CHI Silk Infusion at Sally’s? Also, what is a Doobie, is that the same as a wrap?

    I do have African American hair but it’s not course by far, kind of on the thinner side as well and about jaw-line length.. so it doesn’t take much to do, but I just can’t handle the brush in a way to have my hair blowed under, I can only blow it and brush my hair out, so my end result was more of a flip, which I did like too.. So I’ll have to watch the video and look at how you hold your hands.

    Thanks for replying!

  9. LaNegra says:

    Wow $60 for a blowout?! We NY’ers have been spoiled rotten! I recall almost going off on a stylist who uttered the mere words, “Veinte dolares…”
    I laugh now at the thought of paying a mere $20, but NYC girls know we used to get blowouts for $10.

    As for the rollers, I’m pretty sure those are magnetics. I have seen them at Sally’s, but the CHI you may have to get online (check amazon for prices and SAM’s Club). I have purchased my bottles for $19 for 12oz bottles, which is a great price and it lasts for a long time.

    If you have fine hair, which it sounds like you’re describing, be gentle. I never, ever blow my hair from roots to end. Yes, a doobie/dubie is the same as a wrap, but with jumbo bobby pins. It’s done after the hair has been washed and dried (blown out of course) and you intend to wear it straight. If you want more body, then try doing finger-curls.

    Hope this helps :)

  10. Shauriel says:


    Yes you were very helpful.. thanks again lady!

  11. LaNegra says:

    You are VERY welcome :)

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  13. wanda s. figgs says:

    I would like to do my own Dominican Blouout so what kind of products would i use. like shampoo, conditioner, etc. and do I need a Pibbskwik dry 514 to blow my hair out?

  14. LaNegra says:

    Hola amiga,
    You start with your favorite shampoo, a deep conditioner, leave in conditioner (I always, always opt for CHI Silk Infusion). You need rollers, clips a hooded dryer (Pibbs isn’t mandatory, but helps to get you dried quicker) and a blower. Your blower is what usually makes or breaks the results of your blowout. It’s got to be HOT or the results are usually not as straight. I use a Turbo 1500, made by Pibbs.

  15. Natalie says:

    How do you do a doobie? Is it the same thing as wrapping the hair? Does this technique work on natural hair or just on relaxed hair?


  16. LaNegra says:

    Hola Natalie :D
    As far as I know, wrapping is the same as a doobie. If you are doing a dobie on straightened hair (use of blower, flatiron, etc), then it should come out well. I have friends who do a wet wrap on relaxed hair, sit under a dryer for a bit of time and their hair comes out gorgeous. It has a lot of body and bounce, but I don’t know if this alone will straighten kinky, or coarse hair.

    For instance, a wet wrap doesn’t work on my hair. I have to do my rolos and blowout, THEN a doobie works for me.

    Hope this makes sense :)

  17. TaniT says:

    Where did you buy/What is the brand of concentrator nozzle you are using on your blow dryer? Also, what serum are you mixing in with the Chi silk infusion? Thanks so much for posting all of this information. I’m in San Francisco/Bay Area and I haven’t been able to find 1 DR salon in my area…as the African American salons dominate over here. Thanks in advance for your response!

    TaniT :)

  18. TaniT says:

    One more question…can you give step by step instructions on doing a “doobie” at home? What products, if any, are you putting in your hair after the blowout?

  19. LaNegra says:

    Hola Tani, my nozzle came with my blower (Turbo 1500 made by Pibbs), as most do. I bought my blower used, from a girl who decided not to relax or blow her hair anymore. I’m in the market for a new one, but not sure which one I’m going to go with.

    I mix Paul Mitchell Skinny, IC Fantasia Heat Protector Straightening Serum, or any other clear serum, preferably a heat protector.

  20. LaNegra says:

    I have instructions on doing a doobie:

    I usually use a wee bit more of my Paul Mitchell Skinny, or CHI after I’m done blowing out. If my hair is really dry, I use a little Razac Perfect for Perms and focus on the ends of my hair. I cap it off with a spritz of spray sheen, do my dubi or finger curls and call it a day :)

  21. TaniT says:

    Thank you for responding! I have 4a/b hair and it is relaxed so i just wanted to get a sense of what you were putting in yours. I am currently using Keracare (shampoos) and Aphogee (keratin and protein) products and am interested in making a switch. My hair has grown using these products, but not as much as I had anticipated.

    I checked out the blow dryer you recommended, but couldnt find any information on whether or not it was an ionic/ceramic blow dryer. If it is, have you noticed a difference between it and a regular blow dryer?

  22. TaniT says:

    Also, where can I find information on the hair oils that DR salons use to treat different types of hair problems. I hear there is a whole science to it, like if you have color treated hair you use this certain oil, for natural hair, another type of oil, for heat damaged/shedding hair, another oil, etc. So far, I’ve made a list of : carrot oil, cinnamon, olive, rosemary, coconut oil. Do you know where I can get more info on the uses for each oil as it relates to scalp/hair deficiencies?

  23. Chisama says:

    I have rought, kinky and curly hair. I mean the type that is not magnetic roller friendly. This may sound odd to those who say this article is “misleading”, but its not.
    I actually went to a stylist with my “afro” got the oddest looks from everyone like “OMG, does someone have their hands full” and it was NO PROBLEM.
    The only thing that was different was that I made sure I got a deep condish and that she didn’t bother sitting me under a dryer with the magnetic rollers (my hair soaked up so much water). At first I was a bit worried in missing this step. But in the end she had it straighten and yes, she had to bump the edges with a flat iron.

    Overall, my hair was bone-straight. Before I left I asked her to wrap it for me and then took it down the next day body, bounce and shine.Almost felt like the lady in the commercials.
    I thought that my texture was going to be too much. Even thought the common method is being used this article is by far the best and please don’t think u have to be mixed with anything to have long and smooth hair. I am a witness to that and will get it done again. Beats getting a perm (natural for 2yrs).

  24. LaNegra says:

    Hola Chisama :)

    It is definitely possible to get your hair straight by blowing it out; I’ve seen it done on natural hair too. It looks beautiful and definitely has lots of bounce.

    The only thing I caution is that when the roller set is skipped it means that your hair it taking on more heat. This is great for a change of pace, but I definitely don’t recommend it for frequent styling.

    Whether your natural or relaxed…too much heat is not good for your hair, but of course…you know that already ;)

  25. LaNegra says:

    Tani, some Dominican stylists know all about various oils and uses, but it’s not really anything that’s advertised. Some stylists will also tell you, after they get to know you, well…get to know your hair, what you need to do. The oils you listed are excellent for your hair. I recommend that you do a little research and experiment. I have learned to care for my own hair via trial and error.

    ETA: Make sure you use a carrier oil to cut your essential oils. For instance, I use about a half ounce of jojoba oil to every 3 or 4 drops of cinnamon or rosemary, etc. Some people are very sensitive to essential oils and if they don’t dilute them with another oil, are prone to skin irritation.

  26. LaNegra says:

    Tani, sorry…didn’t see this question when you sent it.

    My blower is definitely not ionic or ceramic, but I have been looking at a new ionic/ceramic made by the same company. My stylist in NYC uses an ionic blower, which I like…have to gt the name of it again. However, I don’t know for sure that there is any great difference. That may also be due to the fact that I don’t blow my hair more than 2 to 3 times a month. I love wearing my hair straight, but prefer to keep it healthy and on top of my head ;)

  27. Melissa says:

    Hey, I live in Arkansas and it sucks that there isnt a Dominican hair salon around here. I am in the process of growing my relaxer out and I would love to try the blowout and let my hair look lovely like it did when I was relaxing! Do you know of anyone in this area?

  28. LaNegra says:

    Hola Melissa,
    I would love to be able to help you, but right now, I don’t know of any stylists in Arkansas. I feel for you :(

  29. monica says:

    what do the dominicans use for the w ash and set like wat kind of wrapping lotion and where can you get it??

  30. LaNegra says:

    Hola guapa, we use the same thing that everyone else uses. Now, there are Dominican products, but I am not a fan of them, merely because they are Dominican made.

    I personally, I use CHI Silk Infusion, and a serum. I don’t like holding lotions, or anything white and creamy, because they tend to cause flaking on my hair.

    You can get some products at a beauty supply store, such as Sallys, but some products I have to order, as they are not available in the local stores.

  31. Shan B says:

    What watt blow dryer did u use?

  32. LaNegra says:

    I’m using a 1500 watt blower :)

  33. JJones says:

    Hi! Great site and pics. I live in Atlanta and got my hair done at Juanita’s in Norcross on 10/8/10. It looked AMAZING. To all the natural hair women out there with very kinky, ‘nappy’ hair. YOU CAN GET A BLOW OUT! To keep up the look: I recommend buying the mini flat iron for daily root touch ups (about $14 at Target) and wrapping or roller setting your hair each night. I use a regular blow dryer and round brush to get the bouncy look, when needed. I wanted to post something to all the women who think that you must have bi-racial texture to get a dominican blow out. I have coarse, kinky, nappy hair- that I LOVE even more now that I am natural. Good Luck!

  34. theresa says:

    Hi, I saw this technique in new york and I rember exactly how they did it and I tried it on my little sister it worked but I used a oily moisturizer and it was kinda lifeless, Im trying to learn, can you make a video step by step so I can know exactly where I went wrong? thank you

  35. LaNegra says:

    Hola bella,

    It seems that you answered your own question…you probably used too much product. I had to play around with the amounts I used until I got it just right.

    You want enough to as a protectant to your hair, but as you learned, too much will weigh your hair down and have it looking dull and heavy.

    Try cutting back on the amount of product you use and see if there’s a difference.

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  38. Sam says:

    I used to go to a stylist that did what she called a blowout on my hair and she didn’t do a few of the above steps. Basically she washed & condition my hair, then she would apply a leave in conditioner & some type of oil & then she would use the round brush & blow dry my hair. After that she would flat iron my hair & that was it. What type of blowout is that or is that a blowout period? I stopped getting perms doing this time because my hair was so straight but later found out that this wasn’t healthy for my hair so I went back to perms.

  39. LaNegra says:

    Hola Sam,

    The last time I was in NYC, I saw a few stylists doing the straight blowout. That’s when you skip the rollerset. This is usually done on hair that has only a little curl, or some wave, or even straight hair.

    I don’t really like the straight blowout, especially when it’s followed up with a flat-iron or curling iron. The whole point of doing a Dominican blowout it to minimize the direct heat on the hair. Using a flat iron is no different than putting your hair on an ironing board and running an iron across it.

    So, to me it’s best to do a rollerset, even if you don’t blowout your hair.

    Hope this helps,


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  41. Tanesha says:

    My hair is a little longer then shoulder length will i be able to do the blowout?

  42. LaNegra says:

    You can do a blowout, but if you specifically mean Dominican blowout, then as long as you can get rolos in your hair, yes, absolutely!

  43. puertrriqueñaBonita says:

    My stylist swears by the DB for my hair in between perms. And she laughs b/c I always ask what can tame my hair and it’s coarseness. She always says a “Brazilian will kill yur head mija. Love will keep yu tame.” What’s your opinion of the BB.?

  44. anastasia says:

    I looovveee your blog soo much chica! The domincan blowout is truly amazing :)

  45. LaNegra says:

    Gracias amiga!!!

  46. LaNegra says:

    Hola guapa,

    My opinion is that the Brazilian will look GREAT, but my research tells me that the lye in my relaxer is ALL the damage I want to do to my hair.
    I recently posted a link about the Brazilian…I’ll repost for you :)

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