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The RIGHT Tools and Products for Natural Hair Blow Outs

By January 27th, 202123 Comments
The RIGHT Tools and Products for Natural Hair Blow Outs
by Shelli of Hairscapades

I was a busy little bee this weekend,
hitting three different stores (one twice), in order to get the items I
needed for my impending blow-out. I made the appointment for my Afro
puffy twists for this week and I was finally faced with the fact that I
needed to make some decisions about my hair prep. I read CurlyNikki’s
post on Flat Ironing Tips and
recognized the importance of the right products, good techniques and
the proper tools. I’d been ruminating over what heat protectant to use
and whether I would use a blow dryer, use a comb attachment, try the
tension method, braid, twist or attempt a roller set to stretch …
decisions, decisions!

Read On!>>>

So, I proceeded to do some research while
standing in Harmon in front of 4 shelves full of hair dryers (I know you
shouldn’t love an inanimate object. I know this. But, I love
my iPhone). I googled my Ion blow dryer because I had no memory of
whether it was tourmaline or ceramic or ionic (Ion … yeah, probably that
last one) or some combination thereof. Well, in my search, I came
across this very informative (though somewhat discouraging) article on
the “benefits” of “hi-tech” hair dryers: 

via Consumer Search:

Today’s blowers offer a bounty of options,
all promising softer, shiner, healthier hair. It’s hard to find a hair
dryer without the words “ceramic,” “ionic” or “tourmaline” in the name,
but critics are unsure whether these features actually make for a better
dryer or not.

The article goes on to say that though
manufacturers tout that dryers using ceramic, ionic or tourmaline
technologies result in speedier drying times, shinier hair and less heat
damage, there isn’t much scientific evidence to support these claims.
Regardless, and helpfully, the article didn’t discount these features
entirely. Rather, additional research was conducted based upon
professional and consumer reviews found via various sources. This
information was used to compile a list of the Best Hair Dryers with these “high tech features” and ranked them from the most economical choices to the more expensive:
  1. Revlon RV544 Tourmaline Ionic hair dryerThe RIGHT Tools and Products for Natural Hair Blow Outs (Approx. $20)
  2. Conair Infiniti Tourmaline Ceramic Ionic Styler 223XThe RIGHT Tools and Products for Natural Hair Blow Outs (Approx. $35)
  3. Conair Infiniti Professional Tourmaline Ceramic Ionic Styler 213XThe RIGHT Tools and Products for Natural Hair Blow Outs (Approx. $35)
  4. T3 Tourmaline Professional FeatherweightThe RIGHT Tools and Products for Natural Hair Blow Outs(Approx. $175)
  5. Featherweight LuxeThe RIGHT Tools and Products for Natural Hair Blow Outs (Approx. $250)
  6. CHI Rocket ProfessionalThe RIGHT Tools and Products for Natural Hair Blow Outs (Approx. $135)
  7. CHI Nano Dual Air Flow CeramicThe RIGHT Tools and Products for Natural Hair Blow Outs (Approx. $140)
  8. Elchim 2001 ProfessionalThe RIGHT Tools and Products for Natural Hair Blow Outs(Approx. $120)
  9. Sedu Ultrapower ProfessionalThe RIGHT Tools and Products for Natural Hair Blow Outs (Approx. $150)
The awesome, but horrible thing? Almost
every single one of these dryers was on the shelves at Harmon!! LOL!
Ultimately, I decided on #2 as it was very reasonably priced, apparently
effective and I liked the style.  
The reason that I was at one store twice? I
ran home to get about four 20% off coupons for Bed, Bath and Beyond (you
can use these at Harmon!!) and one $5 coupon for Harmon as I was having
a PJ moment and picked up several hair and make-up items too (you can
thank ShamIAmGlam for fanning the make-up PJ flames;).
The RIGHT Tools and Products for Natural Hair Blow Outs
Ultimately, I only paid $28 (plus tax) for
the dryer. Score!! I also picked up the “ionic” comb as I needed a
medium-tooth comb for detangling. So, what was next? Research on a good
heat protectant. Again, I was initially planning on using the ElastaQP
Thermal Design Spray that I already owned and some grapeseed oil, which
some tout as a natural heat protectant because it can sustain heat up to
420°. Then, I thought about someone who regularly rocked gorgeous
straight hair during the winter. MopTopMaven!! I remember reading
several posts from her last year and commenced to searching.

As the search for a good heat protectant was what prompted my search,
I was particularly interested in Mop Top Maven’s recommendation on this
front. I hit pay dirt with her article, Going Straight for Winter, as she outlined every product in her straight hair regimen. When I read that she loved Aveda Brilliant Damage Control as
her heat protectant, I knew that was it as I always read great things
about this line and knew of a local salon that carries it. So I headed
over and picked it up … along with the CurlyNikki approved Brilliant
Anti-Humectant Pomade (I couldn’t resist even though I’ll have no use
for it until Spring!!).

Back to the product search. Also in MopTopMaven’s straight hair
product line-up were Fermodyl 619 (leave-in) and Sebastian Potion #9
(leave-in/styler). I decided to hit Sally’s as I knew that they had a
GVP version of Potion #9 and thought that I’d seen the Fermodyl there
before as well. Sure enough, I hit the mother-load here too and picked
up both items.

So now, I feel that I am thoroughly prepared with both products, techniques and tools.

Products I used: 

  • Conair Infiniti Tourmaline Ceramic Ionic Styler 223X
  • Ionic Comb
  • Aveda Brilliant Damage Control 
  • Fermodyl 619 (leave-in) 
  • Sebastian Potion #9 (leave-in + styler)

And that’s that. It was a lot of research and store hopping, but I
feel a lot more confident that I can do this without causing appreciable
heat or manipulation damage. I’ll keep you all apprised of the final
results and will have those product reviews for you too! Go team natural!

Check out my results, HERE

How do you protect your hair during heat styling? What products, techniques and tools do you use?
CurlyNikki Says:

The RIGHT Tools and Products for Natural Hair Blow Outs

I too enjoy the luxuriousness of the occasional blow-out.  I own an Andi’s comb-shaped dryer which claims to be ionic, ceramic and things of that nature. It only set me back 20 bucks, like 3 years ago. I love the fact that it’s easy to handle and that you don’t need to be coordinated enough to hold a brush in one hand and juggle a dryer in the other.  Plus it’s a more natural, fluid movement since it’s shaped like a big ‘ole comb. I also appreciate that it comes with different size comb attachments, some with closer teeth, and as long as I detangle my hair prior, I don’t feel like it’s violating my fine strands.  It dries my hair fast, even on medium speed & heat which is great ’cause that allows for less heat exposure which of course means less
potential for damage.
BUT it leaves me crispity-crackily… like ‘fire hazard haystack’ dry, no matter the prep products I use.  My hair only begins to feel supple again after I use a moisturizing setting conditioner for the ensuing dry twist-out.  Sometimes, I’d remove the comb attachment and tension dry for less manipulation, but the heat still left my hair super frizzy and dry, cuticle all roughed up… like, my ends felt nasty even when they weren’t. 
I also own a fancy-ass HanaAir.  Gifted 2 years ago, but I took it out of the box this spring.  It’s a great dryer, but here’s the thing– that joint will set you back one hundred and ninety got damn dollars.  And like the price, the results are starkly different as well.  Even when tension drying, I get silky smooth… like ‘tell me my hair ain’t luxurious when you know it is b*tch’ soft.  I like how quickly it dries my hair (although no faster than the Andi’s) and how smooth it leaves my strands no matter the products (or just serum) I use prior.  I remember when Tracee Ellis Ross told me that she was surprised that some of her ceramic and ionic tools actually left her with healthier hair… the HanaAir makes that claim as well. *raises eyebrow* I can’t take it there, but I can tell you that it definitely feels as if it’s doing less harm than my cheaper one… it leaves my cuticle smooth. Much appreciated.  One time, over the summer, I blew out one side with the Andi’s and the other with the Hana… same products, same comb attachment (I rigged the Hana!), just to see if I noticed a difference on the spot and it was NUTS.  This may be a case of, ‘you get what you pay for’, but I doubt you need to spend 200 bucks. Maybe the 40-60 dollar ionic/ceramic dryer would yield similar results?  Anyway, peep the Hana results, HERE.  Note in that article, I wasn’t even prepared to discuss the super expensive dryer yet, lol!
So yeah, not condoning the purchase of a $200 dryer, but like Shelli said, do your own research. ‘Cause despite the inconclusive nature of the ‘ceramic/ionic/fancy technology dryer’ studies, I can tell you that I can see and feel a significant difference in my hair and that it also may be worth going up a tier in quality. 

This article was originally published on October 2012 and has since been updated for grammar and clarity. 


  • Jack Oliver says:

    This is an extraordinary blog. This blog is very beneficial for me. I really love this post. So, thanks for post this tremendous article.

  • Stephanie Denise says:

    I enjoyed this post. Straight hair after months of curls is so exciting. I haven't used heat in 6 months and I plan to continue not using it until either Thanksgiving or New Years (haven't decided yet), but boy am I counting down the days until I get to rock straight hair again! Don't get me wrong, I love my curls, but I find that change is rarely a bad thing!

  • Jessica says:

    Thanks for this!

  • Juli says:

    Wow no way! That's a shame cause her site was super informative!

  • Shashou says:

    I'd love to blow dry my hair and it be silky. This seems promising. But considering I don't blow dry my hair often……something I'll have to think about.

  • Angela B. says:

    Straightening my hair this weekend. Thanks for sharing this information. It's very detailed & right on time!

  • e says:

    She's a scam artist supposedly, there's alot of blogs that went hard on her about this.

  • Brianna says:

    Well somebody should have told me. Lol. I always find hair deals, but never have anywhere to share them. Sorry, the "daily deals" just run for 24 hours. But someone informed me select locations were offering $5 gift cards with certain hair purchases. I will be headed over to your page. Thanks Shelli!

  • hairscapades says:

    Juli, according to the last post on her site, she has some type of illness and got very sick. There are people who say that she was a grifter though b/c she was selling jewelry right before she disappeared and many were complaining about not getting their items or their money refunded. That's about all I know. I just always hoped that she was okay as it was like she just disappeared in the blink of an eye. She had a really great blog and youtube channel. I'm just glad that all the info she did share is still out there to help us!


  • hairscapades says:

    Awwwww, thanks Cynthia:). No, you are not! A lot of my regular readers seem to have a similar propensity and that's why they like my blog (the research and detail). Thank you again:)!


  • hairscapades says:

    Ditto on what MyNaturalCurlyLife said! I actually have a page on my blog called, "I Found It Cheaper." The post itself is for the best regular price deals, but we put sales, specials and discount codes in the comments as we find them. Do you know how long the sale is running?


  • hairscapades says:

    Thanks DFig! And, awwwww, a new baby … yeah, the need for easy hair is paramount! Good luck!!

  • Juli says:

    What ever happened to mop top maven?

  • Megan M. says:

    Aveda I saw the store in the mall and really wanted to go in but I am trying to control my PJ personality that I have not named yet lol! I have not done a blowout or used a blow dryer in so long it is dusty under my sink. With this tips I break it out.

  • DFig says:

    Just in time! I was toying with wearing straight for the next couple months. Just until I get a handle on getting myself dressed while taking care of my "new"baby (she's 4 months and STILL I end up with a tangled mess after 2 weeks of no love…MUST.GET.IT.TOGETHER!)

    I appreciate the level of detail and the LINKS!

  • Cynthia says:

    I loved the time and the detail you put into writing this article and posting every single step! love it! I research everything as well I thought I was the only one lol

  • Brianna says:

    I forgot to say it's their online "daily deal" which means free shipping. Also, you can mix and match.

  • MyNaturalCurlyLife says:

    I'm also considering straightening for the fall. So this was definetly needed.

  • MyNaturalCurlyLife says:

    If its helping out one Natural Girl to another, than its not Spamming. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Carla says:

    Bookmarking this page! 🙂

  • Sanpell says:

    Her hair is gorgeous!
    I think using grapeseed as a heat protectant is a common misconception. Although grape seed has a high smoke point, it doesn't mean that it can serve as a heat protectant. The Beauty Brains website articulates it better than I can. I hope its ok to link to their site here –

  • Shannon says:

    This was timely for me too! I've wanted to try a straight hair regimen for fall. I did curly last year and it did not workout so well, and when I do straighten I can go at least 2 weeks without washing/restyling. This will put my PJism on full blast though.

  • Brianna says:

    This came right on time! I will be doing my straight hair regimen for the fall. It's less time consuming for me and allows me to go 2 weeks without re styling. I try to use products that smooth the hair. This allows me to use less heat, and better results.

    I don't mean to spam, but I had to share that at target they are having a b1g1 free on Redken,matrix,Paul Mitchell. I use the Redken for my deep conditioner, and just wanted to pass on the deal.

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