Blow Drying Natural Hair Made Easy

Written by Charushila B

“Blow drying wet hair is easy.” Hold that thought if you have natural hair or curl types 3 and 4. Water trapped in the curls and coils can take time to dry up. And you don’t want your hair to drip water, leaving a trail everywhere you go. Curly and kinky hair becomes dry and brittle if not protected from heat styling tools, and air drying is not always feasible, especially in winters.

We have got an easy solution. Scroll down and check out the tutorial to blow dry your hair minus any damage.

How To Blow Dry Natural Hair Without Damage

Things You Need 

  • Herbal oil (olive, almond, or argan oils)
  • Organic shea butter
  • A good heat protectant
  • Blow dryer (preferably with a brush attachment)
  • A comb
  • Clips or hairbands to hold hair sections 

Easy Natural Hair Blow Drying Tutorial

Step 1: Start with shampooed and towel-dried hair.

Step 2: Oil the hair roots and strands.

Step 3: Apply shea butter to moisturize the hair strands and smoothen the cuticles.

Step 4: Part your hair into two sections and coat each strand with the hair moisturizer.

Step 5: Secure one hair section with a clip or hairband.

Step 6: Spray a heat protectant on the other section, covering each strand.

Step 7: Blow dry a small section of your hair on a medium to high heat setting. Use a brush blow dryer with a brush attachment to make it easy. You can also use a traditional blow dryer and comb.

Step 8: Pass the blow dryer through each section quickly to prevent heat damage.

Step 9: Apply more shea butter to each hair section and the scalp.

Step 10: After a quick pause, run the blow dryer through your hair one last time.

Step 11: Lightly comb your hair.

Final Result: Voila! Your hair is dry without heat damage!

Before And After Blow Drying Natual Hair

Before And After Blow Drying Natual Hair


This is the safest way to blow dry your curly hair. It has multiple benefits. 

Benefits Of Blow Drying Natural Hair 

  • Prevents Tangles: Curly hair is fragile, and detangling the knots often causes hair breakage and split ends. Blow drying can prevent tangles and keep your hair knot-free.
  • Easy To Maintain: Blow drying your hair keeps it smooth and minimizes frizz. This keeps your hair healthy, soft, and shiny.
  • Adds Volume And Length: Curls can shrink as much as almost 75% of their true length. Blow drying volumizes them, adds length, and makes them appear straighter. It is an easy way to add oomph to your hairstyle.
  • Prevents Damp Hair Problems: A damp scalp is a breeding ground for microbes, which may cause scalp odor and weaken the hair follicles. Damp hair is also breakage-prone. Blow drying your hair can help prevent all these issues.

 You can reap these benefits only if you blow dry your hair safely. Here are some more tips to blow dry your hair without heat damage. Scroll down. 

More Tips To Blow Dry Natural Hair Safely 

  • Wash your hair with a moisturizing shampoo.
  • Use a microfiber towel to dry your scalp and hair.
  • Use your fingers to untangle big knots and a fine-toothed comb to detangle smaller knots.
  • Always section your hair and secure each of them with clips or bands.
  • Apply a natural hair oil and a hair moisturizer (preferably shea butter) for extra hydration.
  • Use a good heat protectant to prevent heat damage.
  • When blow drying, work on smaller sections to ensure you cover each hair strand.
  • Apply a light oil for shine and smoothness after blow drying.
  • If you wash your hair twice a week, use a hair mask once a week.
  • Use a leave-in conditioner to smoothen frizz and nourish damaged and dry hair.
  • When at home, secure your hair in a bun and wrap a scarf around. You can use the scarf to protect your hair from UV damage.
  • Always massage your hair with coconut oil the night before you wash and blow dry it.

These points will ensure that your natural hair remains protected even during blow drying. Now, the question is, how long does the blow dry last? Scroll down for the answer.

How Long Does The Blow Dry Last?

A blow dry can last for 1-2 days. Blow drying only dries your hair, while blowout helps restyle your curls and straighten them. As long as you comb your hair and prevent friction by securing it with a scarf while sleeping, your hair will stay as fresh as newly washed hair.

To Conclude

Protecting your curly or kinky hair while blow drying is crucial to prevent heat damage and breakage. Make sure not to go overboard. Try the tips mentioned in this article to protect your tresses, maintain their health, and flaunt them without hesitation.

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