The $40 Hair Tool That Turned Utibe Into Solange

Hello and welcome back to “What’s Utibe Executing To Her Hair Now?” If you are just tuning into the trials and tribulations of receiving my hair precisely how I like it, so far I’ve experimented with cornrows, box braids, Senegalese twists, and even lower off a pair inches all in the pursuit of much healthier, reduce-routine maintenance hair. And all through my very last trim with Illeisha Lussiano at The Way Salon, an additional grand concept was introduced to my focus: the blowout.

Historically, I just simple suck at blow-drying organic hair. To master its artwork is to ace an ambidextrous feat of detangling, then combing once again as a result of moist (but not way too damp!) hair though chasing the comb with the f̶l̶a̶m̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶b̶l̶o̶w̶ ̶t̶o̶r̶c̶h̶ blowdryer in tiny sections… then repeat. In brief, it is far better still left to execs like Illeisha, who did specifically that ahead of heading in with her scissors. When she was accomplished, we had to pause for a strong 5 minutes so I could consider 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 desire in just 30 minutes. But after the trim, I had Illeisha give me some fresh new straightbacks. I understood I could not sustain that blow dried fantasy on my possess.

Then I satisfied Revlon’s A person Move Paddle Dryer. (Or must I say, viewed it take YouTube by storm and immediately identified as it in to attempt.) The A single Action gets straight to the position: pick out a decently detangled part, thrown on some warmth protectant (Iles is good), then operate the paddle brush from the root of your portion to the suggestion. Soon after a couple passes, the sizzling air that flows by way of the ceramic paddle brush leaves my hair fluffed and stretched. It’s lower the time it will take to blowdry my hair—a mix of wonderful, thick 4b and 4c coils—in 50 percent, and then some. Did I point out the factor is only 40 bucks?

The A person Phase presents me an simple, polished hairstyle that does not take hours to develop, and I’m joyful with that. But I’ve considering that experimented with other comparable dryers, and if I want to choose it up a notch, Amika’s Straightening Brush and Eva’s Healthful Warmth Straightening Brush can get my hair a small straighter. On not moist, moisturized hair or on a blow-dry that is a few days previous, their paddle brushes detangle and straighten with ease, but not so a great deal that my hair’s left lifeless—the glance is closer to When I Get Household than A Seat at the Table. You get what I imply.


—Utibe Mbagwu

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