GoOD morning, God morning to you!
Yes. That’s Gia.
aka my baby.
She’s 13 now!
Her baby fro is waist-length now.
Wash day is… a challenge, now.
Or at least it used to be.
Leery of new technology and overprotective of her curls, I was nervous to try it at first, even though the reviews and demonstration videos were alluring. It’s a reverse-air dryer that is faster yet gentler than traditional dryers, dries in a downward direction so that it doesn’t disturb or ruffle the protective cuticle of the hair (causing frizz and damage), and stretches and smooths in one step. We tried it. We loved it. We’ve been using it ever since– for at least two years now, and her hair is just as full, curly, and healthy. It cuts an hour or more off of wash day, and leaves her hair stretched, shiny, and prepped for protective styles like mini twists (never doing those again tho, because we left them in too long and basically had to comb out locs!), buns, and big french braids (that I still can’t do- enter Momma, stage left!).
It totally replaced our use of curlformers. I used to use those every wash day to stretch Gia’s hair– but install took forever, drying took forever, the tension on her scalp was uncomfortable for sleeping, and while yes, it is a beautiful heat-free solution, this has proven to be much more effective. We use a heat-protectant spray every time we use it, and we only use it twice a month. We keep it on the low heat setting and she never complains about it feeling too hot on her scalp like she used to when I would stretch her hair with my handheld dryer from time to time.
The New RevAir
We love it so much that I purchased my sister one as a ‘thank you’ gift– she came and kept the kids while I went to India and also stays up late nights on Facetime with G doing the math homework I absolutely cannot help with, so we splurged so she didn’t have to (’cause she’s the kind that won’t). She uses it to safely and quickly blow out her hair for knotless braid extensions, for trims, and to switch up her look. She has since retired her blow dryer and paddle brush, and even her blowdryer with the comb attachment which doesn’t stretch the hair nearly as much while still needing higher heat levels and more manipulation to be effective. She travels more than I do, so when they launched the New RevAir (which is smaller, quieter, more lightweight, and portable) and gifted me one to try, she took it, lol. It’s ‘bof’ ours, but she keeps it at her house, in her go-bag, 300 miles away. It is just as effective as my big boy (the original) but doesn’t feel like a work-out when you’re getting it out and set up! Have you tried it yet?!
RevAir Hair Care Products
RevAir recently also came out with their own line of products, just in time for me to semi-retire my turbans. I’m back on camera now (a new series on GoOD Mornings with CurlyNikki) so I’ve been doing my hair lol. I laugh because it’s the lowest maintenance routine ever! It consists of me henna’ing once a month, and then when I wash and condition I rinse clean, dry in a t-shirt and make 6 (six!) bantu knots using my favorite leave-in of choice. I take them down in the morning and it looks like this–
I recreate the knots on dry hair on the nights I need GoOD hair the next day, using the same magic leave-in with no worry of build-up or flakes, and I get nearly the same, camera-ready results every time! That leave-in? RevAir’s Boost Fullness – Nourishing Scalp and Hair Conditioning Leave-In Treatment for boosting length, density and fullness. I’ve been using it for a month and while I can’t say I’ve seen a change in length yet, breakage and excessive shedding has halted, so we’re getting somewhere! The first bottle was a gift, but I will absolutely repurchase!
I used the Extreme Hydration line on Gia for the first time (gifted from RevAir) last weekend. My mom helps with me with wash day and she knows there are many lines that we’ve tried on Gia that absolutely aren’t slippery, don’t detangle, and even seem to cause more tangles and dryness. She was doing the first round of detangling, and guess what, we didn’t need a second round. She used the Detox Pre-Wash Rinse and it was so slippery (slightly sudsing), that her tangles melted like butter.
If you’re not watering down your creamy conditioners or at least passing your head under the warm water once the conditioner is in your hair, what are you even doing? For me, it greatly helps the detangling process! Because the Detox Pre-Wash is already a liquid consistency and contains effective detangling agents, it worked quickly and totally. We moved straight to the Deep Conditioning Treatment (thick, creamy, added more slip for detangling and moisture), and then rinsed clean. I put her hair in a t-shirt to dry — this cuts down on drying time, and thus over-exposure to heat, and then used the Hydrating Leave-in Conditioning Spray on each section (very small amount) before blowing out each section. The results?
My main tips for using the RevAir:
-allow hair to air dry for at least 15-30 minutes before beginning for quicker style time and to minimize exposure to heat
-be light-handed with product use for smooth, light-weight, salon-quality results
-use a comb or wooden paddle brush to smooth strands as you pull the wand away from the hair (think about how you use chase the flat iron with a brush or comb– same method) for straighter ends.
Have you tried the New RevAir?
What has your experience been? Any tips and tricks for best practices?