When it comes to African Americans’ textures of hair, it ranges from wavy, loosely curled to a very tight coil or sometimes kinky. Although these textures create different looks, it provides many clients with the question of what styling solutions are best for their hair texture.
In early years, thermal straightening and curling was the go-to method to control texture. Later, chemical relaxers were introduced which provided the option for hair to remain straight for a longer period of time.
When chemical relaxers are applied correctly, a professional considers a few things (1) consultation that considers the client’s lifestyle (2) affordability to maintain (3) correct processing time and (4) professionally prescribed shampoos and treatments.
Thermal blowouts is a term used today to describe straightening or removing curls and waves from uncontrolled hair. The term is new but the overall result mirrors the old fashioned press and curl. The thing that makes it appear different is the marketing, use of oils, as well as new and improved innovation of tools. Overuse of these new styling tools on a daily basis, and sometimes weekly basis, can result in what appears to be over-processed and severely damaged hair.
The technique of thermal blow drying is a trend that is a result of the times we live in, where having variations of styles, from wavy to straight, is a sign of contemporary American culture.
After polling hundreds of stylists throughout the beauty industry, both services are mainstays. What makes one better over the other is lifestyle and fashion. You decide. A consultation with a professional stylist is recommended when trying to decide the best option for you. Please, contact me if you have any questions.