The great thing about textured/ natural hair is the versatility of styles. From Twist Outs, Afro Puffs to Wash N’ Go, and Braids there are so many ways to show off your beautiful mane. While a number of hairdos can be achieved in its kinky/curly state, there are many styles that can only be completed with stretched hair. Find a few tips/methods below you can use to stretch your natural tresses without causing heat damage or compromising your hair health.
- Blow Dryer: Many believe that Naturalistas should abstain from using a blow dryer since it can cause heat damage; however if used correctly, it can safely stretch your hair. Try placing your blow dryer on low heat using the tension method by pulling your hair in a downward motion with the dryer held at a 90° angle.
2. Bantu Knots: It can be used as a style but also to stretch your hair. Try doing on freshly washed hair to maximize volume.
3. Banding: Banding can be used with hair ties. Start by parting your hair in 4 quadrants and loop your strands in-and-out of the hair ties until the ends of your hair are tucked.
4. Threading: Threading has been used for centuries in Africa not only as a stretching method but a style as well. To achieve African threading, section your hair in about 6 parts and wrap each section with yarn. If done on damp hair (which we recommend) remove yarn when hair is completely dried.
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