The natural tight coils of African-American hair typically do not lend themselves to bounce. However, some African-American women seek bouncy hair in order to achieve a wider variety of styling options, and to give their hair a more mainstream look. Bouncy hair is achievable for those women and can be accomplished without the use of harsh chemicals. A technique that utilizes heat from a hairdryer will work on any type of African-American hair, from relaxed to wavy to the tightest of natural curls, according to Darico Jackson, celebrity hair stylist.
Apply a small amount of protective oil, as you do not want to weigh the hair down, to already shampooed and conditioned hair. Squirt a small amount of the oil in the palm of your hand and rub your hands together to stretch and emulsify the oil, suggests Mr. Jackson. Massage it into your hair from the roots to the ends.
Section off some hair using an all-purpose comb. Ensure that the comb runs smoothly through the hair, detangling any knots.
Wrap the section of hair over the round brush and curl tight, so the brush is resting on your head. Hold the brush in one hand and the hairdryer in the other. Turn on the hairdryer, making sure the heat button is selected.
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Begin straightening and smoothing the hair. Pull up slightly on the brush and blow-dry the hair between the scalp and the brush. Slowly pull up on the brush while continuing to blow-dry, until the whole section is dried and straight. Blow-dry both the front and back of each section. Blow-dry and apply heat in this manner until the whole head of hair is straightened.
Re-section off some hair. Secure the section of hair over the round brush and curl downward to the scalp. Use the hairdryer to apply heat to the hair while pulling and curling the brush at the same time, in an upward motion. Re-curl the section of hair over the brush before reaching the ends, and roll the brush downwards until it is tight against the scalp again. Use a blast of cold air from the hairdryer on the curled section of hair to cool it down and solidify the curl, suggests Jackson. Repeat this process until the whole head of hair has big bouncy curls.
Flip your head upside down. Starting at the scalp, use a wide-tooth comb to comb out the curls.
Toss your head upright. Detail the front and part your hair as desired
While Jennifer Gilbert has been writing on and off most of her life, her first publication came in 1996 while attending the University of Ottawa. Some of her work can be seen in the Ontario Physical Health and Education Association journal and "WE" magazine. Jennifer was a professional triathlete from 2003 - 2007 and holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences majoring in recreation.