3 ways to stretch your hair :)
Do you have MAJOR shrinkage? (I do!) If you have a hair texture similar to mine than you probably know all about some serious shrinkage! LOL I love to rock my shrinkage every once in awhile but I tend to lean towards stretching my hair in some sort of way. When I allow my hair to fully shrink, I get lots of tangles. I also get more single strand knots. :( Stretching my hair allows me to show a little length and it also helps keeps knots and tangles at bay. My hair stays moisturized and soft when it is stretched vs if I let it dry on its own. Below are 3 ways to achieve stretch on your hair without using heat.
Twisting is a quick and easy way to add some stretch to your fro. It doesn't give a ton of length, but it leaves the hair full, moisturized and soft. Once the twists are removed you can rock a twistout!
Banding is the process in which hair elastics are used to stretch the hair. You can use one elastic or several depending on the length of your hair. Some ladies are able to remove the bands and wear it as a style....something that I haven't been able to do yet lol. Whenever I remove the bands, I have to then style my hair with an updo or dry twist/braidout style of some sort. I hope to achieve a "band out" style one day!
Tip: If you choose to use this method, be sure to use bands that do not have any metal pieces on them to avoid damage. The metal on elastic bands can rip out hair and actually get caught! (I actually use to combine the banding method along with twisting when I first big chopped.)
Braiding is another way to stretch the hair. Braids allow the hair to remain moisturized and soft. Once the braids are removed you can wear it in a braidout style. With having fine hair, sometimes braids can stretch my hair so much that it makes my hair look stringy lol. I'm still working on this :)
Tip: Instead of braiding the entire length of the hair, try twisting the ends so that removing the braids will be easier :) This also allows me to have more of a "chance" to wear a braidout because the ends aren't as scraggly. LOL
So which section gave me the most stretch in the end? For my hair, it was a "tie" between the banded section and the braided section of hair. The twisted section left me with the most shrinkage.(But I love my twistouts! lol) So there you have it! 3 quick and easy ways to stretch your hair without using heat :) Which method do you use the most?
Check out my YouTube video Natural Hair 4C- Stretching hair (3 way comparison) Heat free :)
2/8/2013 07:34:00 am
Do you retwist each night? We have similar texture and I find that retwisting each night helps me avoid tangling. And have you find that the hair style looks different if you use different size twists? When I do too many twists it stretches my hair out too much and I lose curl definition. I've been working to find how many twists I need to do so my hair is more even and doesn't have gaps.
2/8/2013 10:14:09 am
2/23/2013 11:18:58 pm
My shrink is super-mayor! I don't know if I can be habituated to it one day, but I really enjoy your videos and tips.
2/24/2013 12:03:19 am
6/19/2016 03:59:40 pm
2012 almost down, I'll finish December tomorrow... or rather, later lol. WHY AM ONLY STUMBLING UPON YOUR AWESOME BLOG NOW??? My 'Fro would be happier : )
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Crystal aka Kriss
Hey! I'm Crystal, an energetic married mother of two who is on a journey to become the woman God has meant for me to be. I'm sharing my journey in hopes to inspire others to be comfortable with who they are. Here you will find lots of things ranging from natural hair care, beauty, marriage fun, spirituality, and more!
Remember to be who you are and not the person others think you should be!
Last Relaxer Date:
February 3, 2012
Big Chop Date:
August 5th 2012