Wednesday, February 22, 2017

To Blow Dry or Not to Blow Dry. . . That is the Question!

When I first did the big chop, I did it based off emotion, though I had already stopped perming but at that moment, my hair didn’t matter to me whether it was long or short and so, I just went with cutting it all off and started again from scratch.

Photo by Linda A Strobert


It was easy then for me to just wash and go and that was my thing. Then I stopped shampooing so much, yet still used conditioner on a daily basis during my morning routine. I had no hair and so, I had no reason to use heat products in it. Trying to blow dry or even curl my locks would have been crazy because it was too short to even section with a comb.

Then my hair started growing a little bit and so, every four months or so, I would head on over to the salon to get a deep treatment and professional blow dry. I don't do anything strenuous on my own. Everything other than washes, co-washes and picking my hair out are done at the salon. They straightened my hair a few times since I cut it and it always looked so beautiful. Yet, from 2015 to 2016, I started leaving the heat alone and only blow dried my hair once and I decided to keep that as a routine; once a year or less.

Once a year? Why?

The last time I blow dried my hair, it looked pretty but started to dry out quickly and smelled burnt; even after I washed it twice afterwards, the burnt smell lingered. I think that is why it took such a long time to blow dry it again. But three months later, some of my hair is still straight from when my stylist used the heat in my hair and I can’t figure out why I lost the beautiful curl pattern that I used to have prior to that day. 

Still conditioning almost every day but I increased my shampooing a little bit because I am thinking and hoping that my curls will somehow come back to the way they were, unless blow drying stretches it and the hair just becomes longer and straighter over time when you do it; I am not sure.  

And so, when Influenster sent me the Glam Vox Box and it had Shea Moisture products in it, I was thrilled because I am familiar with the brand and tried their products many times. This particular one that I got free was Shea Argan Oil Shampoo, Shea Argan Blow Out Creme Conditioner and a coupon to purchase from their line whenever I run out of products; which is quite often for me being that I co-wash almost every day.




Wash and Co-Wash

So I got in the shower and shampooed with the argan oil, which I noticed was nice and creamy. It lathered my hair and made my locks and my scalp feel nice and clean. 

I followed with Herbal Essence Totally Twisted Curly Conditioner, left it on my hair for about five minutes and it added extra moisture to my curly afro. I will say that I have no real preference for conditioner because I find something beneficial in almost all of them. I use inexpensive. I use expensive. I use non-organic. I use organic. I use sulfate and paraben free and I also use with sulfates and paraben though I prefer the former. I usually go for what is on sale and then there are times when I just go for a specific product. And so, I have tried products from the Shea Moisture line many times before and liked it. Sometimes I  use L'Oreal or Suave. It depends on the day and my mood. But, I still haven't found that one must use everyday product. But I will! 

After Wash

I dried off some of the excessive water in my hair with an old tee-shirt. I find a regular towel to be harsh on hair and so, I use an old shirt or a hair scarf to dry it. 

I started clipping my ends with a hair scissor on days that I use shampoo and so, I clipped my ends before applying moisturizer. Since I do not use heat in my hair and usually let my hair air dry all but the once a year that I am switching to, I applied the blow-out crème to my hair anyway which I found to moisten my hair really well.  It did not build up in any one area at all. It felt clean in my hair and brightened up the dullness of it.


I feel that if this product protects from heat and heat damage, that maybe it will repair it as well. It has marshmallow extract & cherimaya. It is said to improve style, control and speed. I love that it contains organic shea butter, argan oil and almond milk. The protein factor strengthens. It has no sulfates, no parabens and it is a great product for my natural hair. So I will add it to the list of the many products that I use and can’t wait to take advantage of my coupon on my next shopping trip.


So tell me . . .


Do you think that my hair is heat damaged and is it repairable? Is it normal for your hair to be straight in some places and curly in others? What are you using that might benefit my hair? What is your hair routine? Please share!  

Disclaimer: I am not employed by Shea Moisture and will not be compensated for writing this blog post. I however,did receive the product free to try and to share my thoughts on a separate app than this blog. These are my real thoughts, unguided or scripted based on my usage of the complimentary items received. 

21 comments:

  1. I have heard such great things about these products. As I get older, I notice that some of my hair is curlier than other parts. One of my favorite products is argan oil for my hair.

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    1. Oh okay. This product had argan oil in it. Maybe I will invest in a stand-alone argan oil to use. Might benefit me. Thanks!

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  2. I don't use a blow dryer mainly because i prefer the art of air drying and because my hair is straight. i do however believe in argon oil. I put a wee bit in my hair after every wash just to keep it soft.

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    1. Oh okay. I air dry my hair mostly every time I wash it. It is only the handful of times that I have gone to the salon that my hair has been blowdried because I won't do it on my own.

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  3. My friend who has thick and curly hair swears by Shea Moisture. I want to try it because mine gets so dry in the winter time!

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  4. My hair is pretty wavy, but I blow dry it straight. So I use conditioner and hair masks to keep it nice and moisturized. I'm sure the heat does some damage! But there are always ways to repair it :)

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  5. Totally love your curls!
    I have bone straight hair and it dries really quick but I tend to only wash it ever other day and I don't always grab the blow dryer.

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  6. It's definitely good to keep an eye on how the heat affects your hair. I think products that protect your hair from heat is a good idea as a precaution.

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  7. Love your curls! Heat really dries out my hair and burns it easily so I try not to blow dry mine every day. I definitely recommend heat products to help protect the hair.n

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    1. Thank you! I need to do something to protect and get it back to one.

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  8. Your hair looks great! I wish I could get away without blowdrying my hair. It definitely dries it out and causes damage.

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  9. Argan Oil is amazing. It has so many benefits for your hair and helps keep it manageable and soft. I love it.

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  10. I think your hair looks incredible! You wear it very well! I do love Argan oil for hair, but I also just totally chopped off my hair. I'm ready for a whole new look and something that won't require a lot of time and attention!

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  11. I love your hair natural and curly! Ive recently started using argan oil on my daughter who has very curly hair. I hope she loves her curls as much as I do.

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  12. First off your hair looks gorgeous! You go girl! I've had my own hair journey. I used to get a press every 2 weeks growing up. About 3 years ago I stopped and I haven't looked back. I've blow dried it a couple times but I mostly do twist-outs. I don't wash mine as much as you do though, I probably should. haha

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  13. I received these too and have not had a chance to try them out! Now I am interested. Also I think your hair is beautiful

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