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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Tahira Jumah

She has lovely hair in both photos.

Deena Jones
Deena Jones

If you have thick, course, porous hair, stay out of Dominican salons all together. They use inferior perm and conditioning products; the products they use are mixed out of your sight so you are clueless as to what is being applied to your hair; the blowout will damage your hair and scalp.


Blow outs are what I have known my entire life. It’s the primary manner of straightening one’s hair in my neck of the woods and I’ve always felt that my hair is more swanging after a blow out than it was after using a flat iron. Yes, it is a lot of heat, but if one is on a hair journey, then you know how to protect your hair against the heat damage. I think it’s awesome.

Guirlaine Jean

Make sure they are specialized in doing natural hair. I went to a Dominican salon and I got serious heat damage, so bad that I had to bc and start all over, 3 years of healthy hair growth

Donna Chesser

I saw the video and wow. They didn’t e even use a flat iron. Beauutful

Ssylvia Severinozarabonzo

I always blow out like That no flat iron y yo tabien soy dominicana

Janice T. Johnson

If you have a loose curl Yes. If not, you run the risk of heat damage to the 4a, b, c hair. That was a lot of heat on the second video. Roller, then bd, then some more bd, and lastly flat iron. No thanks. I love the Dominican shop, but not for a natural.

Maribel Peguero

For those of u the don’t get it…..

Sherie Re-Re Richardson

I did it a lot of heat damage

Shayla K. Samuel

The amount of heat used made me cringe. This doesn’t work for my hair. Looks nice for a few hours then my hair frizzes. Never got that straight either. I’ll stick with my natural hair stylists and their flat ironing.

Cori Wilson

At the Dominican salon they did an excellent job on my hair! No heat damage and my hair was straighter than when I was using a perm.

Brittany Rizzo Zeiler

I work at a Dominican shop in Pittsburgh pa and I love it! I wish more people knew about it. If any one has any questions please feel free to ask.

Boquisha Jenkins

BEWARE: This causes cancer , those who wanna try need to Research this

Darleni Philip

Where I can find a Dominican salon in Singapore?

Megen Simon

I’m sorry but how do u find if ur a 4a, b or c. Been natural since 2012 and still don’t know my type

Shayla Hicks
Kelly White

That’s too much heat

Brittany Rizzo Zeiler

Boquisha Jenkins this does in no way cause cancer. A brazilian blowout can cause cancer because it’s a karitin treatment. But now most shops stop using karitin with formaldehyde in it. And that was the cancer causing chemical. And it was more cancer causing for the stylist then the clients.

Megen Simon

Thank you @Shayla Hicks

Nicole Taborn

I love love love getting Dominican blowouts. My hair always looks fabulous. Looking for a salon in Illinois

Angela Hampton

It’s gorgeous and all natural. I want to grow my natural hair out.

Natasha Eb

They charge more in jersey for natural hair/no perm, so stupid. When I take her in NY they don’t do that nonsense

Sandy Lou

I heard stories that they sometimes put relaxer in the conditionner before blow drying at dominicans hair salon.

Patricia Rosado

That happened to me, my hair is natural curl, and a hairdresser put relaxer in the conditioner without me realizing, all my hair fell ????

Patricia Rosado

My hair has never been the same.

Jasmine Williamson

My aunt went to get her hair dyed at a domican salon and when she unwrapped her hair the next day her scalp was black, not the roots, her actual scalp. Decided to never go there again. I know that all salon workers do it but it’s scary to take the chance

Jasmine Williamson

Patricia Rosado I hope you pressed charges.

Bridgett Burt-Coleman

Results are nice but long term it’s too much heat!! Thins your hair out

Joycine Blair

They use too much heat

Jacci Moore

Love it,both ways

Rieka Rain Tree

Unless it stays straight when wet, I would just get a press and curl.

Monica Thornton-Anderson

I hear all that heat makes your hair very weak

Mo Love

They burn the hair out.

Sonia Shaw

Wood Fid read the article

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