A Look At The Dominican Blowout Technique On Natural Hair

A Look At The Dominican Blowout Technique On Natural Hair

If you lived in any of the Boroughs of New York, chances are you have either been to a Dominican Salon or you have heard about one. I lived in Brooklyn for a minute and during that time I had my fair share of Dominican roller sets and the occasional blowout!

Isn’t it amazing how they can get your hair bone straight just using a blow dryer and a round brush? Honestly it took a minute for me to find the best salon, I was very cautious because my hair needed ‘healing’ at that time. I loved going though it was fast and cheap and when I left the salon make no mistake, my hair was laid hunty!

Below we’ve got two videos of women, getting the typical Dominican blowout treatment on their natural hair. Prepare yourselves because there is A LOT of heat involved so try not to cringe, they looked great after we promise!

Here’s the thing not all Dominican Salons are created equal, so if you’ve had a bad experience at one it doesn’t automatically mean they are all bad, here are some tips if you decide to visit a salon.

1. Know what salon is about going in – The best way to determine if you want to go to ‘that’ salon is through references, honestly trying a bunch of them until you find the right one might not be a great idea because you run the risk of your hair becoming seriously damaged along the way.

2. If you are natural and the stylist suggests that you relax, just pack it up and go – Most salons especially nowadays know how to handle natural hair and if they are really good, they know how to heat style your hair without causing any damage.

3. Know that they do not enhance your curls – Do not expect suggestions on keeping your curl pattern like a natural hair salon would probably be focused on. They are designed to change your curl pattern and get your hair straight, just not permanently. *wink*

4. Speak up – Be clear in distinguishing if you want a wash and set or a full blown straightening job. The Dominican salon can get your hair straight, they know how to do it, and so if you prefer a less ‘damaging’ option you can get a roller set with a blow out only to your roots, so that you get that straight look without the possible damage. If there is a language barrier, do not be afraid to demonstrate, they deal with the English language daily.

5. Bring your own stuff – If you like sulfate free shampoo you better have it in your purse, if you use a particular brand of heat protectant, have that with you as well. I have never been to a salon that did not accommodate my product needs and neither should you.

6. Proceed with caution – We have seen women do a traditional wash and set without the blow drying and flat ironing and actually retain length maintaining healthy hair. However if you are subjecting your hair to consistent heat, you will run the risk of heat damage.

If your strands are fine/thin then be warned that the amount of heat used during a Dominican blowout will likely change your curl pattern permanently so don’t even think about it!

The blow-dryers they use are very powerful with heat above 300 degrees at times, so don’t be fooled that because it’s just a blow dryer it won’t cause any damage. If they opt to use a flat iron after that, it can end up being too much for your delicate strands.

Honestly it’s a technique that I am not able to wholeheartedly recommend simply because of the amount of heat involved but perhaps seeing the videos will make it easier for you to make up your own minds.

Here’s the Dominican blowout on looser kinky hair.

And here is the same technique on very tightly coiled kinky hair.

Originally posted 2014-01-30 20:00:55.

About Petra

Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra

Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.


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    1. Still Standing
      Still Standing

      Now if your hair had a burn smell to it you should have wash it,immediately and wash you hair once a week usually when the burn smell is on your hair it has been straightened with hair products that,has been on your hair before it was ironed, hot pressed Your hair needs to be cleaned before you press or flat iron except for the conditioner you use on your hair!!!

    2. Millicent Hobbs Harrison
      Millicent Hobbs Harrison

      You just confirmed that for me. I always been afraid to try it because it looks like it’s killing your hair. I said i would never try it. If your going to put your hair through that you might as well get a relaxer. look’s great but NO.

    1. Joi

      Watch the video it’s her real hair.

  1. Vanessa White
    Vanessa White

    Too much concentrated heat to get hair “bone” straight! Might as well use a relaxer, less damage imo lol!!

    1. Still Standing
      Still Standing

      They are but not too much because it is definitely extreme heat you how to let them keep up with it and if not make sure your hair is getting condition once to every other weak cause all of our,hair needs conditioned to some degree!!

    2. Still Standing
      Still Standing

      Read Sanai post you will see Im right but still everybody hair can’t take what the other person hair can so that how to be took into consideration too!!!

  2. Emiliegh Alexandra
    Emiliegh Alexandra

    Not as much heat? Um your under a dryer for 30minutes and then have a blowdryer for another 30minutes.. that’s quite a bit of heat

    1. Shamira Green
      Shamira Green

      BlackHairInformation.com my hair is this length when I take my braids out and wash it plus shrinkage but when my beautician blow dried my hair out three weeks ago my hair was not this length not even close so yeah I think they are weave pieces added

    2. Shamira Green
      Shamira Green

      You guys I haven’t watched the video but I’m about to and i’ll be back with my opinion

    3. BlackHairInformation.com

      Oh my yes Jamillah Davis it’s exhausting! Even I’ve been accused of having weave in my hair yet nobody claims it’s a weave when it’s kinky and shrunken! My hair shrunk to my shoulders when I was APL and it still shrinks to my shoulders now at WL. smh

    4. Florence Dntholdbackshit Francis
      Florence Dntholdbackshit Francis

      Shamira Green I do agree with you. That’s not all here hair. I watched the video just now and the length is not even close to the length we see here in front of us. Hair extension and there isn’t anything wrong with that

    5. Ceasarz Curlz
      Ceasarz Curlz

      I can’t stop laughing and shaking my head. She even played with her hair at the end. It’s really sad when we don’t know what our hair is capable of. I had someone dig their fingers in my head and pull while asking if my hair was real. Then said “oops, I’m so sorry I thought it was fake” while laughing.

    6. Shamira Green
      Shamira Green

      @Kimberly Dixon! Hunni I’m laughing all the way to the bank at your fish face ass still all the way on my comment from yesterday yeah I watched the video tutorial almost 24 hours ago;-) And my opinion is they added a few extra pieces to the womens head for extra length also fullness so go wash that make-up off your face;-) I have natural beauty no need for all dat hunni smoochish!

    7. Kimberly Dixon
      Kimberly Dixon

      Ms Green I saw your natural beauty bust wide open on your page. Sweat heart I normally don’t talk to insecure hood rats…and I won’t start today. Lmbo you’re too funny

  3. Jameen Sheppard
    Jameen Sheppard

    Im gonna need yall admins of this page to stop showing people with natural hair then “poof” whatever procedure she had done its long and luxurious. …like we don’t know what added pieces look like.

    1. Alexis Benton
      Alexis Benton

      You’re so pathetic. I’ve seen so many people with tight hair so it looks shorter when curly. Don’t be mad cause you’re hair isn’t like that. Just plain ignorant.

    2. Antwanette Wiley
      Antwanette Wiley

      when I wash my hair its not longer then my pinky…but when straightened it goes a little past my shoulders..so I believe its her hair….and I watched the video, its hers.

    3. Ena Blue
      Ena Blue


      1. Mojo

        okay so you sound confused, for one didn’t you just say the devil is a lie and stand behind me? and then go ahead and say some ish like this? Imma need you to make up your mind, whose side are you on? also I’m darkskinned with long hair, and the girl in the video is darkskinned as well, i have cousins who are even darker than me with long hair..there is no hate within one group (so stop generalizing)… some women, of all races, shades and sizes, hate when they feel uncomfortable with themselves….obviously you must be one of them I pray the Lord blesses you and helps you with whatever you’re going through…Lord please help them all.

  4. Anesha Rhett Berry
    Anesha Rhett Berry

    I’m glad the lady in the first video emphasized that she’ll only do this once every few months. That method looks like it’ll work only up to 4a hair. But, the lady in the second video had WAAAY too much heat applied. Dryer, blow-dryer, AND flat-iron? Tooo damaging. That’s the kinda of hair I hair, and I wouldn’t ever risk putting that much heat in it!

    1. Jamillah Davis
      Jamillah Davis

      I have EXTREMELY coarse, 4C hair and I did a blow out 1 time and it got mine bone straight. Now, there was a lot of heat used in the process which is why I won’t do it again, but that methods of straightening works on coarser hair textures too.

    2. Anesha Rhett Berry
      Anesha Rhett Berry

      Thanks for sharing that! I’ve never tried it, but it always looked like it wouldn’t work on our kind of hair. Welp, you proved me wrong! lol 4C is tough to manage, but I love it!

  5. Danette Semper
    Danette Semper

    No thanks the last time I had one my scalp was sensitive for days, it almost felt I had gotten a perm instead

  6. LaToya C.
    LaToya C.

    Don’t do it!!!! My Dominican teacher told me that they sometimes mix relaxer n their shampoo!!

    1. Still Standing
      Still Standing

      Ok see that right there just scared me thats why I wash my own hair now then go to,them!!! But I had no problem with them doing mines!!! But you did say sometimes!! Cause another girl on this page said her hair was irritated for days

    1. Andrea Simpson-Jones
      Andrea Simpson-Jones

      Design Essentials has a product that is sort of like a keratin treatment called the Strengthening Therapy System. It has no formaldehyde and no sodium or calcium hydroxide. It imparts amino acids and protein into the hair in a mousse for then when the hair is flat-ironed, it resists reversion. The good thing about this is, you don’t have to make a commitment to straight hair like you do with a relaxer because all you have to do is shampoo your hair to get your natural curls and texture back. Generally, it lasts for 12 weeks, depending on how often you shampoo your hair. It leaves your flat-ironed hair shiny and silky. This system is only available to salons who carry Design Essentials products.

  7. MsNekeira Batchelor
    MsNekeira Batchelor

    Nooo oooooooo stay away from that much heat at one time…..tried it once had to cut ALL my hair off it broke and shedded every where.

  8. Jameen Sheppard
    Jameen Sheppard

    Love the sarcasm….
    Uh duh, yeah , i know it shrinks and gets longer when straightened…thank you for clearing that up. But clearly all that hair isnt hers.

  9. Satarra Thrower-Jones
    Satarra Thrower-Jones

    Jameen obviously you don’t know what added pieces look like because common sense would tell you her hair is gonna stretch after the straightening. You must not know much abt hair at all to not know what shrinkage is. Smh. My hair and my kids can coil up to my scalp if I wash it and let it air dry w/o brushing or combing it and my hair is past mid back length. That’s what HEALTHY hair does.

  10. Gina Dubriel
    Gina Dubriel

    Is this what they do to your hair in Orlando? Watch the second video in this link Ana Rodriguez-Evans

  11. Tameka Ferrebee
    Tameka Ferrebee

    I hate the blow dryer I’d rather let my hair air dry any day then press it out or twist it. It make my hair feel dead.

  12. MrsRacquel Blackwell
    MrsRacquel Blackwell

    Nope that is her hair mines is just like that shrivaled to damn near scalp but my Dominican girl blows my hair out once a month my hair is long.
    However if I wrap my hair and oil it long as I don’t get wet it stays an entire month.
    week one and two bone straight and soft week 3 new growth is very visible still straight but they hair is heavier week 4 hair is heavier and roots very thick scalp itchy so its time to do it again. So its alot of heat that one time and my hair didn’t actually grow properly until I started going to her*.

  13. Aliciajay Melvin
    Aliciajay Melvin

    im natural now andi like dominican blow outs . yesh its alot of heat but there proctection methods such as wraping it up at night heat protector n its not like u do it everday

  14. Aliciajay Melvin
    Aliciajay Melvin

    and regular str8ner for my hair dont do shyt for me. my hair has grown scine going to them n ill continuenn i dont hav heat damage ty

  15. MiSonia Moore
    MiSonia Moore

    How do y’all know that’s not all her hair? I’ve seen people with shrinkage up to about 75%. The hair looks shoulder length when it’s wet and hangs far below the middle of their back when it’s straighten, without extensions

  16. Angel Missme Nelson
    Angel Missme Nelson

    Before u give a negative reaction… Read some of the positive comments above from people who actually getting it done Katrina Brown it’s not as bad as it looks

  17. Jamillah Davis
    Jamillah Davis

    I’m yet amazed at all of the Black women screaming, yelling and bashing people for not embracing their natural hair, yet they refuse to read information or watch the attached videos posted on this page. They’re so quick to comment on somebody wearing a weave, when all they had to do was watch a video to inform themselves! WE REALLY NEED TO DO BETTER!!!

  18. Donna Chesser
    Donna Chesser

    Same it a relaxer I don’t care what they say to sell you a product. Why do you have tooo wear gloves when applying the product. It chemicals, a relaxer, just a different name, and an improvement, of a relaxer. Period

  19. Katrina Brown
    Katrina Brown

    I just don’t like heat on my hair everyone has different hair types I’m trying 2 grown my hair out without heat….Angel Nelson

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