Questions, questions. . .
When it comes to the alluring smoothness and bounce a Dominican Blowout has to offer, women with different hair types and textures are curious about how it would work for them. Wonder no more; we break down some of the most frequently asked questions in the lines below.
Can a Blowout be done on natural hair?
A Dominican Blowout can be done on all types of hair. This is one of the main advantages: it's a chemical-free way to rock straight hair on natural tresses, as well as infusing relaxed hair with extra smoothness, swing and shine – and even allowing you to stretch the time between touchups.
The main difference between chemically straightened and natural hair is how long it takes to do. Three factors decide this: how resistant your hair is, how thick it is and how curly it is.
The more your hair is any of these three, the longer it will take, but a Blowout is achievable on all types of hair, natural or relaxed.
Is the method of a Dominican Blowout on natural hair different than on relaxed hair?
The traditional method of lavado y secado (the understated Dominican term for the Blowout) applies to all hair types, whether relaxed or natural: cleanse, deep condition, condition again, rollerset and dry under a hood dryer, straighten with a blowdryer, wrap in a Doobie.
Sometimes, in a variation on the traditional method, to get resistant hair that bit straighter or to “seal” in the straightness on natural tresses, a Dominican stylist might quickly run a flat iron through the hair. Flat irons are rarely used in Dominican haircare, however; Dominicanas depend on the tried and tested combo of smoothing conditioners +roller set+ dryers+ Doobie to get the super-straight, signature look.
Does natural hair have to be loosely curled for a successful Blowout?
No, definitely not. This is a common misconception, which is perhaps due to how difficult it can be to get natural hair straight with a blowdryer alone using conventional methods. This is not a problem with a truly refined Dominican technique.
Another reason for this misconception can be stylists themselves, who can sometimes be shy of the greater workload that tighter curls often imply. With the greater degree of bonds holding the curl in place, tighter hair takes more energy and time to straighten.
This however, does not mean that a successful Blowout is not possible on tightly-curled hair – it just takes more time.
Does a Blowout on natural hair last as long as a Blowout on relaxed hair?
On both relaxed and natural hair, you can expect a Blowout to last roughly a week. Of course, on chemically straightened hair, the straightness itself will still be apparent after the swing and shimmer of the Blowout is long departed, whereas curly hair will show much more apparent shrinkage.
On both hair types, you can ensure your Blowout goes the distance by following these Blowout maintenance steps. On natural hair, to squeeze the last few drops out of your straightened hair – check out these tips on how to stretch a press or Blowout.
Do I have to do something different to maintain my Blowout on natural hair vs relaxed hair?
The Blowout maintenance tips are universal, regardless of your hair type. Keep the hair away from moisture; moisture means shrinkage on all naturally curly or waved hair, even if it is relaxed. Don't add heavy, greasy products – the hair will become weighed down and lose its signature swing. . . It's all the same. In addition, some naturals swear by a nighttime bun rather than a Doobie to keep the hair stretched overnight.
Can a Blowout on natural hair get as straight as a Blowout on relaxed hair?
It certainly can! The level of straightness depends on a number of factors. Often, the healthier elasticity in natural hair will give it that extra ability to stretch into straighter hair.
Other times, natural hair will be more reluctant to straighten, due to its stronger bonds holding its curl in place. This largely depends on the hair in question, its unique natural characteristics and its overall condition.
Whether your hair is natural or relaxed, a key factor in how straight it will get is the resistance of your hair – the less resistant it is, the straighter it will get. Also, somewhat unsurprisingly, In most cases, the straighter your hair before the Blowout, the easier it will be to get it to the Blowout's level of heightened straightness.
In both cases, it is a case of how many bonds holding the curl in place need to be temporarily overcome to achieve straightness – the curlier your hair is, the more of these bonds it will have.
Unlimited by texture. . .
As a method developed on the heads of a nation of textured hair, the Dominican Blowout is a truly versatile styling method, working on relaxed hair, and the full range of wavy and curly hair – it can even be used to add extra smoothness, bounce and shine on naturally straight hair.
Unlimited by texture or degree of processing, the Dominican Blowout makes silky, bouncy, voluminously straight hair a possibility for all hair types!
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