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. Toy Jaynell
    Toy Jaynell

    I seen this video before.i think her hair texture didn’t need all that heat to get it straight.she has pretty hair

    1. Jamillah Davis
      Jamillah Davis

      I was thinking the same thing. A blow dryer or possibly just a good flat iron would’ve done the same thing.

  2. NaNa Zee
    NaNa Zee

    I saw the video n now I believe its herd. My sis hair is like that . So thick at the roots

  3. Rosemary Echols
    Rosemary Echols

    I had my hair done like this in 2012, when I was in Winchester, VA. Since coming home, Huntsville, AL, I have tried several Dominican hair stylist, even drove 2 hours to Franklin, TN and they did not do this and I was not satisfied. If anyone know of a good Dominican hair stylist, please let me know. This technique give your hair so much body and help your hair to grow. Please let me know where I can go. I am willing to drive to Memphis if I have to.

  4. Dawn Davis
    Dawn Davis

    The video of this lady getting her natural hair done and showing the Brazilian Blowout process on her hair is a great “how to”. It is not a weave (watch the video)! Her hair looks healthy and great!

  5. Jaynia Samaroo
    Jaynia Samaroo

    Brazillians do hair like this too. My stylist always wanted me to wait til 2 months at least before doing another relaxer (so plenty new growth). At first I was perturbed by all that heat but while I was living in Rio, that was the healthiest my relaxed hair had ever been. She knew how to take good care of even fully natural hair.

  6. MissGreen ToYu
    MissGreen ToYu

    Nice. I wonder how long her blow out last? Mines start messing up in a matter of hours. #wastedmoney #readyforaperm

  7. Cassie Coston
    Cassie Coston

    I might try this next did it years ago in Tampa, it gives your hair so much body!! So to my stylist I just want to see how it will work for a split second

  8. Tosha Alston-Barnett
    Tosha Alston-Barnett

    Everyone I know who had this done hair fell out… Because its a chemical process. If you want straight hair all you need is a good flatiron and heat protector…

  9. Iris Brock
    Iris Brock

    The finished results look very, very pretty. There’s no way in heck I’d do that with my hair. I know my hair would’nt be able to take all that heat.

    1. Mojo

      I agree, my hair for sure can’t hang with this. I have thick hair but fine strands…too fragile, I haven’t straightened my hair in almost 3 years…it is tempting tho lol

  10. Willess Smith
    Willess Smith

    Title says blow out technique not length check so wht dif does it make… Natural state to blown out state period….. and clearly her hair is pretty lengthy regardless

  11. Kelly Hall
    Kelly Hall

    No, she did not need to have her hair straightened. You need to free your mind n drop them slave shackles.

    1. Jamillah Davis
      Jamillah Davis

      I’m sure you’ve had your hair straight b4, when it was straight, did u have on “slave shackles”?

  12. Mojo

    Are you kidding me?! what is up with these haters these days…the devil is sure working overtime…watch out everyone and lets pray for them…..unbelievable! is it safe to continue reading smh…Lord help us all Amen.

  13. Torya Ross
    Torya Ross

    Kelly I agree and understand what you are saying. She didn’t need anything. A lot Black women have the mindset that straight is better. That’s what has been told to is for centuries that who we are is not good enough. I like straight hair just as well as my natural. I would not down play a person by saying what she needs. Some people are small minded so they do not think they just react. Ignorance will always be present

  14. Nelly Alier
    Nelly Alier

    Beautiful lady, she looks great with both her natural and straight hair.. It just kills me how they branded the style calling it dominican when puertorricans and brazilians had been doing it for years!!!

  15. Selby Lackey
    Selby Lackey

    I Don’t go to the Dominicans anymore they use too much heat. I had to do the chop after going to them lost my natural S wave pattern in my hair

  16. Selby Lackey
    Selby Lackey

    She looks great but I’d be careful with the excess heat they use to straighten your hair, for me it was too much

  17. Andrea Angie Tater
    Andrea Angie Tater

    Curly or straight is a matter of CHOICE: how do YOU FEEL about yourself is priority. My sistahs stop hating and start complimenting each other.

  18. Elisha Webb-Young
    Elisha Webb-Young

    Love it! Used to go to a Dominican shop all the time in Washington,DC…there are none in MS;( **it is a process but it’s worth the wait!!

  19. Melanie Stevens

    I think the karmin g3 io0nic blow dryer is a great option for those girls who want to blow out their hair in less than 20 minutes!

  20. Nicole Perez
    Nicole Perez

    Before you all start saying there are pieces added, go watch the dang video. You can see the entire process, and it is indeed this beautiful woman’s own hair. All of it. But, like they say, haters gonna hate.

  21. Valerie Price
    Valerie Price

    If you want to reserve your curl pattern, Be careful with who blow drys your precious tendrils. 1 <3

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