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