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What to Expect Step by Step:

So, you're ready for your first Dominican blowout. You've heard about the price, which, when compared to traditional black salons, is usually lower. In some cases, it's much lower. That alone may be enough to sway you. However, if your hair is long and/or all-natural and very thick, you'll probably be charged a little more. You might have also heard about the heat, which can be pretty intense.

Here's the rundown on what to expect from this technique when done in a salon.

Shampoo and Condition:

A stylist will start you off with a regular shampoo and conditioning session. Her products may differ from what you find in another black salon, but most might be the same. Some lines, however, are more common in salons that offer Dominican blowouts, such as Lacio Lacio, Sedal or Kuz. If you're not sure about the products the stylist uses, you can usually request to bring your own.

Detangling:

A lot of customers that frequent salons that specialize in this process are of African descent, and are looking for ways to straighten their hair either with or without chemicals. If you're natural and you want a temporary straightening solution, expect a detangling session. Even if your hair is relaxed, some detangling is necessary before moving on to the next step.

Magnetic rollers are still one of the best ways to smooth and straighten hair; they're much gentler than using any heat tools.

Expect to have your hair set on rollers that are the largest size possible for your hair length. The goal is to dry your tresses as quickly as possible while keeping your mane straight since creating curls is not the aim. You will probably not have any product applied to your hair as it's being set. Once your hair is rolled, expect to sit under a hood dryer for at least an hour. Women who have experienced a blowout like this as well as a regular wash-and-set usually report sitting under the dryer longer for a Dominican blowout, sometimes about 20 minutes longer.

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