If you aren’t opposed to using heat on your natural hair, then a blow-out may be something you want to try.

Modern-day natural hair icons like Solange, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, and Yaya Decosta aren’t afraid to try a blow-out every once in a while. And it’s always fun to experiment with your hair as long as you protect your strands. You never know, you may actually like you natural curls looking sleek and straight.

If you’re willing to give it a try, here are some steps to master a blow-out on natural hair:

1. When you shampoo and condition your hair, you should evenly distribute leave-in conditioner in your curls. Then, divide your hair into sections.

2. Apply a heat protectant to your hair.

3. Start to blow dry the hair section by section. You should blow the left side of your hair to the left and blow the right side of your hair to the right.

4. Once the hair is dry, blow-dry your hair in the direction that your hair will be styled.

5. Optional: From there, you can use a flat iron on low heat if you want a much straighter look. Simply glide the iron through the hair for a couple of strokes.

Maintaining your blowout

Pin-curl your hair or wrap your hair underneath a 100 percent silk or satin scarf to maintain the look. In the morning, take your pin curls out or undo your wrap and finger style til your tresses are where you want them.

Worried about heat damage?

Heat damage depends on the individual. Many natural haired women have different textures around various sections of the hair. Therefore, one area of your hair may revert back, while the other may become straighter. When you twist or braid your hair, it will help your hair get back to its natural curl. The key to avoiding heat damage is to use heat in moderation.

Ladies, have you tried a blow out on your natural hair?

-Paulette Wilson

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