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The Dangers of Blow Drying

September 7, 2010

This is a picture of my bed.  Remember it as it is a critical part of this post.

Last Friday evening I found myself inspired to blow dry my hair into a massive fro.  After acquiring blow dryer comb attachment I set out to purchase heat protectant, an essential part of any sort of heat-related regimen.  Heat protectant products usually use silicones that bond to the hair strand to protect their fragile make up from any potential damage as well as provide a lot of slip as you comb through the hair.  I was so nervous about hurting my little Lola that I invested in not one but two types of heat protectants: a spray and a serum.

After washing my hair with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner and applying some of my Bee Mine Hair Milk as a leave in, I thoroughly detangled with my *new* Ouidad Double Detangler Comb (full review to come soon) and let my hair dry part of the way.  The wetter your hair is, the more heat necessary to dry and blow out, and the greater risk of potential damage.  The results: a huge, lush, soft fro.  Who knew that the kind of fro I have always wanted was just 45 minutes of blow drying away!?

Armed with my fierce hair, I set out on bike to meet my friends for the evening.  Now, I love my dear city of San Francisco, but our weather could not be more bizarre.  As soon as I began to pedal to the bar, the fog began to emit mist and small droplets of rain.  Within 45 minutes, my glorious fro had gotten wet enough to revert back to its normal shrunken state.

Fast forward to the middle of the night.  I get up to go to the bathroom.  Well I should say, get down to go to the bathroom because my bed is four feet in the air.  As soon as my feet touch my hardwood floors, they immediately slip from beneath me and I am flying backwards and attempt to brace myself on my bed post!  Fail.  I’m on the ground.  I tried to stand and walk out of my room, but the floor was so dang slick and I needed to go to the bathroom so badly that I just crawled on my hands and knees out of my room.  And back in after I was done.  The next morning: same situation.  Looking around I spotted the spray bottle of my TRESemme Heat Tamer and realized that the act of applying this product to my hair and/or blow drying my hair with these silicones had dispersed the substance ALL over my floor.  The same stuff that gave my blow dryer comb great slip, was also giving my floors fantastic slip!  Not only that, but the shoes and feet of myself and my friends have tracked the slipperyness from my room to the rest of our house.  The bathroom?  Treacherous.  Kitchen?  Slickity slick slick.

It’s like living in an gd ice rink.  Ladies and gentlemen, there has literally never been a better time to invest in a Swiffer WetJet.

The issue is that the Swiffer didn’t really work and my floor is as lubed up as ever.  The only thing I can think to do is somehow shampoo the stuff out of my hardwood floors.

Oh and my hair?  I did another blow out the morning after and have since been enjoying a huge fro!  My hair is soft and healthy feeling and so it’s really good to know that the heat protectancts do their job and do it well…almost too well at that.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Black American Princess permalink
    September 7, 2010 10:42 am

    You and your hair are absolutely TOO CUTE FOR WORDS….

  2. September 7, 2010 10:45 am

    I LOVE it!!!!!!!!!

  3. September 7, 2010 1:51 pm


  4. satyam permalink
    September 7, 2010 2:42 pm


  5. September 7, 2010 5:30 pm

    Beautiful. Even the shrunken look!

  6. September 7, 2010 9:26 pm

    Your hair came out sooo cute. I had a similiar oil incident and PineSol doesn’t help either; use a little Dawn. 🙂

  7. Fatemeh permalink
    September 7, 2010 11:06 pm

    LOVE IT!!

    • Fatemeh permalink
      September 7, 2010 11:08 pm

      my hair doesn’t like any type of direct air when its wet. Be it blow dryer, fan or wind.

  8. Moni permalink
    September 8, 2010 3:58 am

    Your hair looks great! I’d try mopping your floors with Murphy’s Oil Soap. Good luck!

  9. Nicole permalink
    September 8, 2010 12:36 pm

    I agree with Moni, Murphy’s is great but in a pinch good ol Dawn….its the only thing that worked after my baby oil got EVERYWHERE in the house…..

  10. Efuru permalink
    September 8, 2010 2:49 pm

    That last pic is amazing! I love big hair

  11. September 8, 2010 7:58 pm

    you are really owning that Fro!!! Love it…

    …hope you avoid any more spills in the future;-)

  12. September 8, 2010 9:41 pm

    Your fro is so hot! Go girl! And I’ve had similar problems with products ending up on the floor, resulting in an unwanted slip and slide. Lesson learned! I now have rugs in my bathroom and on my bedroom floor 🙂

  13. September 11, 2010 12:39 am

    You have beautiful hair! It looksl like I have the same texture as you… give me hope LOL!

  14. September 13, 2010 10:16 am


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