Last month I was in an in between stage with my no ‘poo hair regimen. I wasn’t satisfied with the flax seed gel, shea butter, and oil mix that successfully detangled my hair, but was also extremely heavy on my fine strands. Instead of going back to commercial hair products, I took a break from my natural curls and invested in a Gold ‘N Hot Professional 1600 Watt Styler Dryer. This blow dryer has three heat settings, a cool shot button, and three styler attachments. I love that it is a light weight dryer that is very easy to use.
I haven’t straightened my hair since last December, and it really is a nice change. I used grapeseed oil as a heat protectant to blow dry my hair. Grapeseed oil has a smoke point of 420°F. For those who use other natural oils, check out this chart of cooking oil smoke points. It seems as if avocado oil would be the best choice with a smoke point of 520°F, although I have never tried it.
I used my new blow dryer on the medium heat setting and am very pleased with the results. Although it is a styler dryer I only straightened my curls with it, and did not follow up with a flat iron. You’ll notice that my ends are not very straight because of that. I like the look of big hair, and am currently wearing it in a bun anyway. It only took about 30 minutes to completely blow dry my hair since my hair was 80% air dried, and still in the loose braids that I washed my hair in. Detangling was a breeze, and blow drying my hair in small sections made it very very easy.
I also purchased a bamboo paddle brush last month. I thought I had sworn off brushes forever after shredding my strands with the Denman brush last February. My seamless wide tooth comb was doing wonders with tons of conditioner in my hair, but now that I wasn’t using traditional products, finger detangling was too time consuming alone, and I needed gentle reinforcement. Unlike my Denman brush, paddle brushes have much more give at the base, and I should have been using one all along. I do hope that I will still like it a few months from now.
After doing more research and having others comment on the article Rhassoul Clay for Shampoo, it seems as if using rhassoul clay in a mask form is curl enhancing. I use a diluted consistency of rhassoul clay which I talk about in detail in Rhassoul Clay for Shampoo, so that I can easily wash my hair in braids. I’ve heard others rave about loving the Terrassentials Hair Wash, a bentonite clay based natural shampoo, especially the Left Coast Lemon and Lavender Garden formulas for dry curly hair.
Have any of you used Terrassentials and what was your experience? Also do any wavy or curly ladies regularly use a blow dryer? Love to hear your thoughts!
Enjoy your weekend!
See my current hair regimen here.
(Images by Gold ‘N Hot Styler Dryer & Dawn Michelle)