I’ve really been making an effort to wash my hair the minimum amount of times each week that is necessary, and for me that is once every 2-3 days. I’ve also made a habit of blow drying my hair when it does get washed. If I don’t, it dries all wild and ends up put in a ponytail or a bun on top of my head, stays that way for 2-3 days, and is super tangled by the time I wash again.
In full disclosure, I am probably majorly overdue for having my hair trimmed and evened up, so there’s that. But, I have been enjoying my hair more and more with this new routine.
I wanted to share my DIY blowout for thick hair with you in hopes that this will help someone out there with similar things going on. My hair is very thick and kind of wild all the time. I love having it done, but it takes a little extra TLC to make it happen.
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DIY Blowout for Thick Hair
I start by shampooing and conditioning- to be honest, I’m currently using Tresemme, and I use that a lot. I try to change brands occasionally if I notice I’m getting a lot of build up or other weird things happen, but Tresemme has always done well for my hair. I’ve tried more expensive drugstore/grocery store shampoos, and my most recent effort to find a new brand left me with my scalp aching, which was super weird, hence, back to the Tresemme. Ha.
One thing that I think helps my hair last longer between washes is being really diligent about only putting conditioner towards the ends.
After I’m done shampooing and conditioning, I try to always comb through with an actual comb and not a brush. This just helps me a lot with breakage, it seems. The only time I really do use a brush is during the blow drying process, even later on when it is dried, I’ll go back through my hair with a comb instead of a brush when needed.
Next, I use a heat protectant. Currently, I am using this Garnier Fructis Smooth Blow Dry Anti- Frizz Cream, which has heat protection up to 450 degrees. I also only put this on the ends of my hair, not close to the scalp.
Next, my best tip for blow drying when you have a ton of hair is doing it in sections. I throw it all up on top of my head, leaving just one layer down to start. Then, I can section it off in sections about the width of my brush. I first run my regular brush through a couple of times to get rid of any tangles, then I grab my round brush.
When doing a DIY blowout, it is important to use the properly sized round brush, it should be smaller the shorter your hair is.
So once I’ve got my round brush I start up towards the roots and run it down my hair, rolling it slightly as I go.
Typically, if I’m doing it right, which means going slowly enough, I can dry a section of my hair in 2-3 passes with the round brush.
It does get pretty wild with my current length of hair, and when I get towards the back I have to get a little creative. Instead of trying to hold my hands behind my head the entire time, I typically go to each side and get the hair as far back as I can.
Then, I’m usually good with one swipe on the very back of my head to finish off that layer.
The bottom 2/3 of my hair is probably the most work, once I get to the top it is smooth sailing.
Once I get to the top, I usually pull all of the hair in the direction that it normally would go when my hair is parted. This doesn’t matter if you part down the middle, but I do a side part so it looks better if I’m blow drying everything in the direction I want it to go towards in the end.
There you have it, fresh hair for a few days.
To maximize my time, I try to do my hair down the first day, the 2nd day I’ll do something with the top of my hair, and then on the 3rd day I do something with it pulled up. I’m really not a fan of dry shampoo, but I can usually pull this off without it.
Here are some of the current tools and products I use on my hair-
I hope you enjoyed this super simple tutorial for getting a great blow dry after washing, hopefully minimally. I’m obviously a fan of budget-friendly products and easy hair ideas, so hopefully you are, too. You can subscribe to get a weekly digest of all of my posts here-