It all started out innocently enough — I was planning on blowing out my hair for a friend’s wedding so I could do big wand curls. They turned out great, and the next day my hair wasn’t in such disarray that I wanted to wash it when I got home. I put it up in a messy bun and went about my day. And that bun, or variations of it (low bun, side buns, etc) is how my hair has been ever since. My hair was blown out on September 9.
I’ve never gone this long with a blow out, and I have to admit, I am LOVING it. Previously, the longest I had ever kept my hair straight or straight-ish was 2.5 or 3 weeks, and that was with fully flat ironed hair. It also feels a little strange. When my hair is in its natural state, I wash it usually every 3–4 days. But wet hair irks me and I air dry, so this is amazing to me! I’ve barely spent any time on my hair at all because my “prep” happens at night. If I want to do a poofy bantu knot out, I put my hair in five buns overnight. To keep my hair from getting too frizzy, I smooth it into a bun at night and brush my edges with my Elongtress whipped shea butter.
As you can see, it’s not “sleek” by any means, but it doesn’t bother me at all. I mean, I have textured hair, it’s going to look textured unless I keep putting heat on it, and that isn’t my intention. You can see it blown out in the video below as well.
I know you’re probably thinking, “How in the heck is your scalp not on fire!?” Honestly, I don’t know! I am forever taking stretched styles out after a week because I don’t like how my scalp feels, but it’s totally fine. I can tell that I’m starting to get sebum build up, but you can’t see it unless I scratch my scalp out of habit. It’s not as if I’m out in public tapping and scratching my head. I’ve also been able to moisturize my hair with my Oyin Whipped Pudding — I apply it lightly to my hair then twist it in a tight bun and top with my scarf to smooth my hair.
In the next few days, it may be time to wash my hair. Now I’m contemplating blowing it out again once I wash it, but I also have some products to test. Either way, it’s a great way to give myself a break from my hair without putting a ton of heat on it.
How long have you worn your blown out or straight hair?