My First Attempt at Tension Blow-Drying

A few days after last week's wash day, I decided to deep condition, or "co-wash", my hair. It had actually stayed soft and moisturized up until this point, which has led me to believe that the oil-rinsing technique I tried helped me retain moisture. I'm going to try it out a few more times before I give an official verdict though. Experimenting with co-washing is also something I feel may help my hair retain moisture during this dry winter season.

When I have done this in the past, it's pretty much just like my pre-poo or deep condition steps during my wash days except it stands alone. So, all I did was put a combo of Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose, Organix Morrocan Argan Oil Intense Moisturizing Treatment and Vatika Coconut oil on my dry, sectioned hair and let it marinate for a few hours under a plastic cap and scarf. I kind of did this on a whim so I wasn't up for making a whole ordeal out of it with multiple trips to the shower. My hair felt great after rinsing with cool water and that is when I figured I would give tension blow drying a go. I applied my leave-ins, Aphogee Green Tea & Keratin Restructurizer, grapeseed oil, and Shea Moisture Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner, to each section as I detangled.

My hair was already sectioned into 6, 3 in the front & the back, so I went section by section with the blow-dryer on low-heat. (Unfortunately, I couldn't find my blow-dryer that has the cool setting on it. I'm going to give myself one more search before I resolve to buy a new one :) I've had the one I used since college anyway.) I put enough tension on the length of my hair to stretch my new growth and began drying my roots with a sweeping motion of the dryer. I didn't try to dry the entire length of my hair and it didn't take me very long to do my whole head. I expect I could shorten that time, too, once I get the technique down. My hair still felt great after I was done and I could definitely tell the difference in my roots. I did not try to get it truly straight though, just loosen up that coiled new growth!

I still had huge hair after all was said and done, but it was much easier for me to work with. You can see the difference it made in the before and after pics above. This is definitely something I'm going to continue practicing to help keep my roots stretched.


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