Dominican blowout on natural hair

lanegra_rollersetThe first several times I tried to do a roller set it came out terrible.

I tried the mohawk style, tried parting down the middle, tried starting from the back; I tried ev-er-y-thing.

Finally, it kicked in. Growing up in the dominican salon is an educational experience if you have curly, wavy, kinky, coarse hair. I recall hearing a few girls complain about the stylist not rolling their hair “the right way.”

“Marisol is alright, but she likes to put my rollers in all sloppy! Look at how crooked they are!”

I used to think to myself, what difference does it make if your rollers aren’t perfectly spaced or lined up? When you pull out your rolos your hair is going to be silky and soft, right?

That’s when I started to have an out of body experience (ok, I’m adding fluff, but the lightbulb really did come on, so work with me for a minute.)

I had been spending time trying to make my parts straight and contorting my arms in ways that were not natural, even for a yoga enthusiast. Where the rollers were placed or whether or not I rolled them up, or down was irrelevant.

The crucial part was getting those ends smoothed out over the rollers. After all, they are called “rolos magneticos, ” magnetic rollers. The ends of the hair are supposed to stick to the rollers. Once I recognized that, I started to change my roller process from beginning to end.

I always do the same thing, regardless of hair style and cut. I start in the middle of my forehead and imagine that mohawk of rollers going back towards the nape of my neck. I part about an inch and a half on each side, so the row is about 2.5 inches all the way down, from front to back.

After putting my product in, I begin to section my hair. Without clipping the hair on top, I detangle the two side sections and then clip them both up, to ensure that my hair doesn’t dry out too quickly and to ensure that I don’t accidentally pull more hair up in a roller than I intend to have. I do anything necessary to cut down on rolling time.

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