Have you ever wondered what the ‘proper’ method of stretching your hair is? As in, after washing your hair at home, what you are supposed to be doing with it?
In this post, I’ll be sharing how I dry my hair after washing. I wash my hair at home 99% of the time.
If your curl pattern is tight like mine, your hair probably shrinks when it comes in contact with moisture. And while there’s nothing wrong with shrinkage, I find that my hair just more manageable when it’s in a stretched state. It’s less tangly and the breakage is reduced.
When I was using chemical relaxer to straighten my hair, every wash was followed with a blowdrying session and sometimes straightening with a flat iron.
But once I went natural, quickly discovered that overusing heat could potentially cause my hair to be drier, and lead to heat damage.
The question then becomes, how do I dry my hair after washing?
There are many methods, and as usual, it’s always best to pick what works best for you hair and your lifestyle.
Personally, I use these 2 two methods, and they work well for me for this reason.
My lifestyle involves a lot of working from home and shuttling my boys around to school and other activities, so that’s why I can afford to do this.
Method 1- Air Drying
This is the most common one for me, and I’ve used it for as long as I can remember.
After going through the washing process, I will layer my leave-in, air dry cream and oil then put my hair in 2 strand twists. They can be as simple as just 2 if I don’t have a lot of time, or 8-10 if I have time to spare.
I typically don’t dry my hair without some sort of braiding because otherwise, I have a tangled mess on my hands. And my hair retains moisture better this way.
My air dry cream helps my hair dry faster, so it typically takes about a day to dry, depending on the season of course.
I’ve added satin slaps by Grace Eleyae to my routine for cute looks.
Method 2 – Heat Drying
I use heat about 3-4 months, and my go-to styling tool is the Revlon One Step Hair Dryer & styler.
Before this dryer, I never blowdried my hair myself because I just couldn’t get the hang of using a regular blowdryer 🙂 I’ll wait until my hair is about 90% dry, and then I’ll complete the process with the heat.
This video shows a bit of my process.
Tools + products used
Watching this video by Witney of Naptural85 helped me get the best results from my dryer. Check it out for an in-depth tutorial.
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