First and foremost we love our natural curly hair and I make sure to reinforce that with my girls. Still every girl wants to get their hair done and feels good when they get a new style done. Misha is six years old and has only had her hair blown out one other time. Step one remember to reinforce self-love.
My stylist recently used a hot air paddle brush on my hair and she mentioned how much she loved it so I ordered one for myself and tested it out on Misha!
Protection from the heat
Ultimately, I think having versatility is one of best things about naturally curly hair. Any time that you introduce heat you are adding an element that can be damaging to your strands. I always want to be transparent about this with my kids. I explained to my daughter that we would counter those effects by starting the process with a deep conditioning treatment. Remembering to reinforce self-love, and we set a limit to the times I will allow them to straighten it.
After washing and detangling her hair we applied the My Black is Beautiful Intensive Recovery Treatment. We placed a plastic cap over the conditioned hair and put our SWURLY microfiber towel on top to lock in the heat. We leave the treatment on for 30-45 minutes.
Layer on the thermal protection
We always layer on the protection before we use heat on the hair. I have some new products I tried for this step as well and I recommend all of them. First we sprayed her hair with Moisturizing Blow Dry & Style Primer after that I added a little weight with Eden Bodyworks Conditioning Hairdress. As I start to blow out each section I coat the hair with coconut oil.
Review of the Hot Air Paddle brush
I paid $18 for the hot air paddle brush and the price has been reduced to $16. It’s not a big investment. Overall I like it, I did not feel that it was a time saver per say but I noticed that rather than just drying the hair it dried and straightened it in one step. I had to make several passes on each section with the brush but only lightly touched up with the flat iron afterwards. At this price point I definitely recommend adding this to your toolkit.