Do you use an hooded dryer for styling (twist-outs, braid-outs, etc.)?

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My hair takes 24 hours to dry so I usually wear a turban or head tie during that time. I'm going to grad school next month and I don't know if head ties will be appropriate (I'll try though, ).

My Mom gave me her Conair Pro Style 1875-Watt Hooded Dryer and suggested I use it to speed up drying time for my braid-outs and other hair styles.

With that said, I have some questions:
- Does anyone else use a hooded dryer after styling their hair for a twist-out, braid-out, etc.? If so, how do you use it (technique, time spent under the dryer, etc.)?
- How do the results of a air-dried style compare to that of one dried with the help of a hooded dryer?
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Last edited by Fronomenal; 07-29-2013 at 08:31 AM.
I do but not every time. It helps a lot with cutting down drying time. Mine takes forever. I find using it on high will dry out my roots. So what I do is I put my twist on rollers red ones. Maybe not all but at least the top of my head. This protects the roots from so much heat and gives me beautiful elongation for my twists. I can also skip the rollers and use lower setting but then I need to sit longer which I hate. I dont know how I sat two hours back inthe day. Now I try to sit 30 minutes. Half high and half low. I take down rollers and go to bed. My hairwont be completely dry but my Hair is dry in morning. Last night I washed and twisted no dyer and my hair is still wet this morning.
I use a hooded dryer to dry my hair because my hair takes forever to dry. It helps. I spend about 30 minutes or less under dryer because I LOATHE sitting under the dryer. Now if I could, I would steam my hair. Under the steamer, I don't sweat at all. Love it.
So I don't use the hooded dryer often but i do sometimes. The reason really for me is habit. I blow dry cause it's the easiest way to stretch my hair however. Also previously i had the regular Sally's gold n hot hooded dryer and it was okay but that was a several hour torture session and i don't have long hair. I recently purchased a more expensive salon style dryer...best move every. I was for sure an investment, but well worth it. I am planning to do more wet set twist outs because now it only takes my hair 30 mins to dry under that dryer. I don't know what your grad degree is in but depending on that...you prob dont' want to do head wraps.
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I do but not every time. It helps a lot with cutting down drying time. Mine takes forever. I find using it on high will dry out my roots. So what I do is I put my twist on rollers red ones. Maybe not all but at least the top of my head. This protects the roots from so much heat and gives me beautiful elongation for my twists. I can also skip the rollers and use lower setting but then I need to sit longer which I hate. I dont know how I sat two hours back inthe day. Now I try to sit 30 minutes. Half high and half low. I take down rollers and go to bed. My hairwont be completely dry but my Hair is dry in morning. Last night I washed and twisted no dyer and my hair is still wet this morning.
Originally Posted by adthomas
Thanks for the info! Setting the twists on rollers anf the 'half high and half low' are good ideas.

I use a hooded dryer to dry my hair because my hair takes forever to dry. It helps. I spend about 30 minutes or less under dryer because I LOATHE sitting under the dryer. Now if I could, I would steam my hair. Under the steamer, I don't sweat at all. Love it.
Originally Posted by curlicious13
I'm not a fan of sitting under the dryer either. I think I could do an hour though -- with proper distractions.

So I don't use the hooded dryer often but i do sometimes. The reason really for me is habit. I blow dry cause it's the easiest way to stretch my hair however. Also previously i had the regular Sally's gold n hot hooded dryer and it was okay but that was a several hour torture session and i don't have long hair. I recently purchased a more expensive salon style dryer...best move every. I was for sure an investment, but well worth it. I am planning to do more wet set twist outs because now it only takes my hair 30 mins to dry under that dryer. I don't know what your grad degree is in but depending on that...you prob dont' want to do head wraps.
Originally Posted by h2wQueen
It only 30 mins for your hair to dry under a dryer?! What is the name of the dryer?

I'm going for a Master of Science in Public Health degree. I think a head tie (made with lux scarf) paired with coordinating business casual clothing (button-down, slacks, etc.) would be appropriate for lecture. The image I see in my head seems quite lovely. We'll see though.
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I have a soft hooded dryer that I bought recently with my curlformers, because I CAN NOT sleep in them. If I decide that my hair needs stretching, I wash, condition and seal before popping in the curlformers. I'm still playing around with the duration that I need to sit under the dryer for; an hour isn't enough for me but I don't know if that's due to more time being needed or that I need more curlformers for a defined set.
My primary use for my hood dryer though is that I now have a way of deep conditioning my hair on the fly, or to speed up henna days. I've got to be honest, I'm loving it so far!

I want to try a bantu knot-out in the future, but that's going to have to wait until my current bunning challenge finishes in September.
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I was eyeing curl formers but so mad at the $$$. Expensive. But I've seen the curls & they're beautiful. I think I'll buy them eventually.
Originally Posted by curlicious13
I'm kinda a sucker (or snob) for brand names, but I have heard from people who have bought a different curlformer alternatives on ebay for much cheaper - and they've reported identical results. Check out the brand Magic Leverag if you're interested

Edit: Actually I've just done some further reading and the Magic Leverag brand in particular are infamous for their terrible quality mesh and therefore the shelf-life of them are probably nothing in comparison. But that's not to say there aren't other brands out there x
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Last edited by NorthernNatural; 08-04-2013 at 05:17 PM.
I was eyeing curl formers but so mad at the $$$. Expensive. But I've seen the curls & they're beautiful. I think I'll buy them eventually.
Originally Posted by curlicious13

I had to buy two extra packs with the starter kit because I have so much hair. That made them impossible to sleep in. Second thing is my hair is at a length where I have to pull the cf away from the root in order for my ends to fit inside. My ends don't seem to like cf much. I don't get a smooth finish like with a regular roller.
My dryer is
Pibbs 514 Kwik Dri Dryer. Bought it on Amazon.
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