Pressing Natural Hair

Hi my name is Dee…I havent had a relaxer for 2 years.
I’ve been wearing my hair braided because I cant find anyone that can
press/straighten my hair like my grandmother use too. Im now hearing
about the “Dominican Blowout” do u think it would be beneficial or
should I continue my search for someone that can press my hair

Hola Dee,

I will share my opinion on the question above. Ultimately, it is your decision, but I will give you something to consider.

I like to wear my hair straight and although it takes a big chunk of time out of my schedule to get it that way. I had to ask a friend what “pressing” hair was and she explained that it’s very similar to using a flat iron. You are putting heat directly on your hair and in most cases an oil or “grease” is used to prevent the hair from burning.

Personally, I avoid any type of heat that is applied directly to the hair, such as flat irons and curling barrels. A pressing comb falls into the same category. While there are two types of pressing combs, the ones that are put on the flame and the electric ones (supposedly control the temps a lot better), I still do not like this method, as the chances of burning your hair increase significantly.

If your hair is natural and you do not think that it will respond well to doing a roller set and then a blowout, you will probably be better off just blowing your hair out with a comb attachment and then doing finger-curls. You cannot undo damage done to your hair by way of chemicals, heat or mistreatment.

Also, as you mentioned, finding a stylist to press your hair is a difficult task, so you may want to exercise other options. If you are adamant about getting your hair straightened in a particular way, you may also consider taking the DIY, do-it-yourself, route. It’s what I ended up doing when I could not find a stylist near me and now I rarely visit a stylist.

I’m sorry that I cannot be more helpful, but truthfully, only you can answer your question. I can only supply food for thought.

Good luck,

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11 Responses to Pressing Natural Hair

  1. 2salonsavlb says:

    Happy New Year! LaNegra,

    I just wanted to ask you about alternative options to perming my hair, I don’t want to go natural. I permed my hair in the beginning of September and began washing and treating my hair at home. It is now January and my new growth (edges) basically lack moisture, I feel that I need to touch them up like every three to four days as opposed to every other week, when i recently got the perm. Touch up meaning; blowing out the new growth. I have already booked an appointment for a perm, but if I don’t have to perm right now then I will not. I honestly think I am allergic to perms.

  2. Maybe I can help with this particular question: I went to a Dominican Salon (for the first time) here in L.A. last year because I was growing my hair out after wearing it short for many years, and I figured if I could straighten it, it might be easier. My hair is curly and I have a lot of it. I don’t have a relaxer. (You can see my natural hair if you go to my website.)

    The stylist washed & conditioned my hair, put it on rollers, and put me under the dryer. When it was dry, she took the rollers out, grabbed a round brush and took a blowdryer to it. When I left the salon I had bouncin’ & behavin’ hair.

    As SOON as I started sweating (L.A. sunshine), my hair started curling up at the roots. I wrapped in the best doobie I could muster (even used those black wrap papers) at at night, but the roots were already doing the crinkle, and there was nothing I could do to stop it. With a hard press, it would have stayed straight, or had I gotten a relaxer, it would have been no problem. I just had to give in & let it curl. All my money down the drain in 2 days.

    Unless you decide to get a relaxer, I don’t think a Dominican Blowout is going to keep your hair straight long-term if you have the kind of hair that responds well to a good press: thick, kinky/ curly hair. I DO, however, think that it is a much better way to keep your hair healthier if you do opt for a relaxer. (If that makes sense.)

    Hope that helps.

  3. LaNegra says:

    Nicole GRACIAS!!

    Yes, you are absolutely correct that blowing natural hair is a short-term solution, but that’s not always the case only for natural hair. For instance, I have stopped blowing my hair in the summer, as the humidity wrecks havoc as soon as I walk outside. It’s also a pain for those of us who workout frequently; frizz control is impossible, which is why I haven’t relaxed my hair in a while (cannot remember last time).

    Thanks for your input :)

    BTW, love your headshots!

  4. LaNegra says:

    Happy New Year!!

    This is a very tough question for me to respond to, because there are a few things going on.
    1. If you have an allergy to a chemical in relaxers, then I would advise you to stop getting your hair relaxed.
    2. I cannot tell whether or not your need a touch up. I used to get my hair relaxed 2 or 3 times a year, but I have a cousin who gets her hair relaxed every 8 weeks and if she waits much longer she ends up with “shedding” hair. Her hair snaps off at the point of new growth.

    Only your edges are frizzy? Are you doing a dubi/doobie? The hairline tends to be the most fragile, so I will caution you to slow down with the blower on the edges. You are better off finding a different hairstyle; comb your hair down, or wear your hair curly (do finger-curls), rather than trying to force your hair to stay super straight.

    Lastly, you may seriously want to consider getting an allergy test done. It’s not uncommon to develop allergies, even to products that you have used for years.

    Keep me posted,

  5. Mena says:

    hello Dee I have natural hair and I have never had a dominican blowout but if you do want to wear your hair straight you could try a flat iron called the herstyler. there is a natural girl on youtube called makeupmaverick she does a review on the flat iron and tells you where to get it and how it keeps our unrelaxed har straight just like a relaxer would. I hope this helps you and God Bless :)

  6. robbin says:

    I’ve been pressing my own hair for about 10 years now. I too have been thinking about trying a Dominican salon but have some reservations.

    My hair not only handles heat really well (my hair is super thick and healthy and hangs three inches past my shoulders and I have 4c hair), it retains heat too. I had an African American lady more than a decade ago who knew how to do the blowout on my hair and I loved it. Unfortunately, she moved away.

    Now that I’ve been doing it myself, here are a few tips:
    1. Purchase an oven, don’t use your stove top to heat your comb.
    2. Purchase an iron hot comb, not one of those newer brass ones.
    3. Invest in a really good conditioner, leave-in conditioner with thermal protection.
    4. Purchase straightening serum or creme. I prefer Frizz Busters creme, so far but am open to suggestions.
    5. You need a really good blowdryer with a diffuser or another attachment that allows the air to be focused into a small stream.

    When I first started, it’d take me about three hours to press my hair, but now it only takes an hour since I’ve learned how to do a blowout. That’s the key. You need to be able to get your hair as straight as possible with the blowdryer before you press it.

    I don’t use grease or oils in my hair, but once it’s pressed, I use a 3-inch barrel curling iron to add some body to my hair and it comes out shiny and moveable. This lasts me more than three weeks if I keep it tied up at night, but my scalp will drive me crazy so I do my hair every two weeks.

  7. LaNegra says:

    Robbin, gracias!

    I’m not an advocate of heat that is directly on the hair, but it one just HAS to have it, at the very least,
    do it correctly, no?

  8. robbin says:

    Hee hee, I’ve burned off too much hair in the past so now I do it correctly. Once I put BoneStrait leave-in on my hair before blowdrying and my hair literally melted. I was horrified.
    I do give my hair a break in spring, summer and fall though. I wear it natural, so it’s just wash and go most of the year.

  9. jodi says:

    I have found a great system for straightening hair recommended by my teacher who has been doing hair for 20 plus years. It is called the You system. You can get it in the beauty supply store and it will take your natural kinky hair to soft, and straight. the first time i did it it looked like a relaxer. all you really need is the shampoo conditioner, and the straightening oil. plus a flat iron. you do the system every 3 weeks and I shampooed my hair once week. you will love it.

  10. LaNegra says:

    Jodi, thanks for sharing. I never heard of this product, but perhaps someone else will find the information useful :)

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