Dominican hair salons don’t just use a blow dryer or any other singular method of straightening the hair because those methods in and of themselves are flawed. Let’s look at these methods in a little more detail. You have blow drying, flat ironing, and the old-fashioned method of pressing the hair.
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Blow drying is flawed because it doesn’t shape the hair. It leaves the hair volume-less, and oftentimes, the hair can look and feel dry and crunchy once the blow dry is finished. Flat ironing is flawed because, as I mentioned in another article, it simply smooshes the hair shaft down without adding any lift or movement to the hair. Finally, the pressing method — which involves using a hot comb and a lot of grease — results in hair that is greasy, motionless, and sometimes — burnt.
Dominican hair salons use the Dominican Blowout (or Doobie) technique because it alleviates the flaws that are caused by the methods mentioned above. When you go to a Dominican hair salon for your blowout, they will do a four-step process on your hair: 1) cleansing, 2) conditioning, 3) roller setting, and 4) blow drying.
Cleansing is self-explanatory. You can’t get great results without first removing the impurities like dirt and product build-up from your hair. Your stylist will most likely use a Dominican hair product such as Silicon Mix Moisturizing Shampoo to clean the hair. You won’t find any Suave, Pantene, or Tresemmé here, honey!
Once your hair is clean, the stylist will apply a conditioner to your hair. And not just any conditioner — a deep conditioner. A Dominican Blowout involves a lot of heat on the hair, so we deep condition to make sure that your hair is well prepared to withstand the process. Deep conditioning also works to repair the damage that your hair goes through with daily styling at home. Your stylist will use a product like Salerm Wheat Germ Conditioning Treatment to accomplish this.
After the deep conditioner is applied, your stylist will put a plastic cap on your hair and sit you under a hair dryer to let the conditioner soak in. After about 15 minutes or so, she’ll rinse the conditioner out of your hair to reveal clean, soft hair.
The next step is roller setting. Now, you may be wondering why we roller set the hair before blow drying. We do this because roller setting gives your hair lift, bounce, and volume — resulting in a better end result.
Your Dominican stylist will wrap your hair around large rollers and then place you under the dryer until your hair is completely dry. This could take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on your hair texture and type. But trust me, honey, the results are well worth the wait!
The final step is blow drying the hair to straighten it and set the style. Your stylist will remove the rollers from your hair, apply a heat protecting product and proceed to blow dry the curls that were just set on your hair. She won’t completely remove the curls. She’ll just blow dry your hair enough for the curls to become much less defined so that your hair will look bouncy and flowy, rather than springy and curly.