I like straightening my hair, and I also like blow drying it. This review is interesting as I've only tested out two blow dry creams so far, but the second one I tried (which is the one I'm reviewing in this post), had my hair looking and flowing in a way I didn't know was possible but wanted. This blow dry cream is by Ion, and it's their Blowout Solutions Shine Crème. This blow dry cream is a heat protectant that says it's lightweight, enhances shine, etc.. I used this product prior to blow drying my hair and then I straightened it after. The final result resulted in my hair being super shiny, soft, beautiful, flowy, and super light. My hair floated in the air with every step. It was like someone was blowing a light fan in front of me. It was magical. Part of me thinks that technique and the amount of product used also played a part, so I thought I'd walk you through my wash, blow dry, and straightening process to share how I get my hair super luxe with this product. Let's get into it.
I start by applying a deep conditioner to my dirty hair. Whether my hair is in its naturally curly state or is straightened, I start by applying deep conditioner all over my hair as well as my scalp (with a sulfate, silicone, and paraben free deep conditioner/masque sometimes mixing two different ones), and then I apply hair oil to my ends and scalp as well as the outer strands of my hair. I let that sit for 20-30 minutes covered by a shower cap, then I move to the shower.
In the shower I apply shampoo to my hair as well as a little water, then I scrub the shampoo in and clean my scalp and rinse all of the product out of my hair. After that I soak my hair with water (cool water), then I apply my conditioner (I tend to stick to OGX shampoos and conditioners) and let it sit for 3-5 minutes. After letting the conditioner sit in my hair, I rinse it out, dry my hair a little with a microfiber towel, then move on to my blow drying process.
First I section my hair and detangle each section with a Denman brush. After sectioning my hair I apply the blow dry cream to each section, only using a small amount of the cream to cover the hair but not saturate it. I use just enough. Then I grab a Denman brush and brush out the sections individually while blow drying the hair. I also use the brush to hold the hair as a sort of tension method to blow out the strands. I start at the top of my hair and move to the bottom as well.
After my hair is blow dryed, I put my hair into a clip or two and take itty bitty sections and flat iron it over 400 but below 450 degrees with about two passes for each section and using the chase method (using a rattail comb to get your strands silky straight and smooth). That's it!
I picked up this cream at Sally's and it was around $7 bucks. I tried another one by Shea Moisture, but that one was really heavy and left my hair feeling greasy. It was also more expensive. If you'd like a full review on that product, please let me know!
Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this post or that it helped in some way.
R'Nelle CyRe' Collins
Hello and welcome (back) to my blog. I'm sure many (or all) of you have heard of dry shampoo. I've never used traditional dry shampoo as I have really curly/kinky natural hair, so my hair tends to get dry really easily. Traditional dry shampoo will do nothing but dry my hair out more which is why I've stayed away from it. While I was out and about a few months ago, I found a dry shampoo for natural hair that I decided to give a shot that works wonders. The most interesting thing is that it isn't even a dry shampoo; it's a dry co-wash.
Before I start talking about this product, I want to go over what co-washing is as a noun and a verb. Co-wash as a noun (and this is a general definition that I'm making up right now) is a product composed of mostly conditioner with a little bit of shampoo to cleanse your hair without drying it out and stripping it of natural oils. It also aids in conditioning your hair. Co-wash as a verb (again, this is a general definition that I made up), is when you wash your hair with just conditioner in an effort to cleanse and condition your hair without drying it out or stripping it of its natural oils.
Now lets get into the product.
Sometimes I straighten my hair. When my hair is curly, I co-wash it daily and shampoo (with sulfate-free shampoo) a few times a week to keep my hair moisturized and hydrated. I used to not co-wash my hair daily, so I bought this product to aid in that. I don't use this product anymore when my hair is in it's naturally curly/kinky state as I don't need to. Instead I use this product when I straighten my hair as water will revert it back to its natural state, and this product conditions my hair, doesn't alter the texture, and helps keep it hydrated which is exactly what my hair needs when it's straight. I deep condition my hair before straightening it as well as when I'm getting ready to transition my hair back to it's natural curly state, but while it's straight, I need something to help keep it conditioned and hydrated without the use of water or water based products, and this product is perfect for that. On top of it all, it leaves no residue, doesn't weigh my hair down, keeps it shiny and eliminates frizz, and it's free of mineral oil, sulfates, parabens, and silicones. It's one of the coolest hair products I have.
So, if you have a really dry texture and you're looking for a product that will keep your hair conditioned whether it's straight or curly, I highly recommend this product by Cantu. You (most likely) won't regret it.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post and/or that it helped you in some way.
R'Nelle CyRe' Collins