I’m growing out my hair relaxer. Ooh, lawd… help me. It’s been a trying proposition, but I’m starting to see some light. I’ve been relaxing my hair a loooong time, but the up keep is a little much on my budget. Make that a LOT. Plus, I’ve seen the future with older relatives. 20+ years of hair chemicals is not a good look.
I’ve had a melt down… or two… in this process. By far, the part that will break you is the blow out. I’d forgotten what it’s like to comb through wet, nappy hair. All I can say is do not allow any air drying to occur and use plenty of leave in conditioner. I quickly came to realize that if I wanted to go natural and keep wearing my hair straight, I was going to need great tools.
$200 for a blow dryer! What else does it do? Well, nothing. But this dryer is a worthy splurge if you have difficult hair. I think I’m gonna make it through this grow out! When I dried my hair with my old dryer, I had major frizz and I was furious that my straightening didn’t last two days. The first time I used the T3, my hair was much smoother and my styling lasted more than a week.
I bought my dryer at Sephora, and I got all kinds of nifty, useful extras with my purchase. My favorite is the vent brush. I didn’t know I needed it until I had it. It’s great on wet hair.
One thing that has definitely helped has been developing some good blow out technique. I can’t just point and shoot like some happy girl in a shampoo commercial. I need some skills if I want my straightening and styling to last more than a couple of days. It is very important for me to section my hair into several pieces, and dry each section with the dryer held close to the scalp and following the brush down the hair shaft. I really liked this YouTube video for a good demonstration. Now, the heat can be quite intense – mostly on your hands. My easy solution? A pair of garden gloves! Works like a charm.