The $40 Hair Tool That Turned Utibe Into Solange

Hi there and welcome again to “What’s Utibe Accomplishing To Her Hair Now?” If you’re just tuning into the trials and tribulations of acquiring my hair specifically how I like it, so far I have attempted cornrows, box braids, Senegalese twists, and even cut off a few inches all in the pursuit of healthier, lessen-upkeep hair. And in the course of my final trim with Illeisha Lussiano at The Way Salon, an additional grand strategy was brought to my interest: the blowout.

Traditionally, I just simple suck at blow-drying natural hair. To grasp its artwork is to ace an ambidextrous feat of detangling, then combing once more by way of moist (but not far too damp!) hair though chasing the comb with the f̶l̶a̶m̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶b̶l̶o̶w̶ ̶t̶o̶r̶c̶h̶ blowdryer in minimal sections… then repeat. In short, it is much better still left to pros like Illeisha, who did precisely that before heading in with her scissors. When she was carried out, we experienced to pause for a stable five minutes so I could choose mirror selfies up the wazoo. My hair blown alllll the way out was diffused, stretched, and voluminous—a 2017-Solange-fulfills-‘80s-Diana-Ross fever dream in just 30 minutes. But after the trim, I experienced Illeisha give me some refreshing straightbacks. I realized I couldn’t sustain that blow dried fantasy on my personal.

Then I satisfied Revlon’s A person Move Paddle Dryer. (Or really should I say, viewed it consider YouTube by storm and promptly referred to as it in to attempt.) The One particular Action receives straight to the place: choose a decently detangled portion, thrown on some heat protectant (Iles is excellent), then run the paddle brush from the root of your section to the suggestion. Following a couple passes, the warm air that flows by way of the ceramic paddle brush leaves my hair fluffed and stretched. It’s minimize the time it usually takes to blowdry my hair—a mix of great, thick 4b and 4c coils—in fifty percent, and then some. Did I mention the thing is only 40 bucks?


The 1 Stage presents me an uncomplicated, polished hairstyle that does not acquire hours to deliver, and I’m pleased with that. But I’ve considering that experimented with other similar dryers, and if I want to take it up a notch, Amika’s Straightening Brush and Eva’s Healthier Heat Straightening Brush can get my hair a tiny straighter. On not damp, moisturized hair or on a blow-dry that is a pair days outdated, their paddle brushes detangle and straighten with relieve, but not so a great deal that my hair’s remaining lifeless—the seem is nearer to When I Get Home than A Seat at the Table. You get what I mean.


—Utibe Mbagwu

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