How To Stretch Natural Hair Without Heat

We all know about shrinkage, either you love it or you hate it. I’m probably somewhere in between, but I’ve come to realize that it’s just one of those things about natural hair that I had to learn how to embrace. Let’s be honest if you’re wearing your hair in its natural state, shrinkage isn’t something you can avoid completely. Thankfully, I found two methods to stretch my hair if I want to keep heat at a minimum! What I love most about our kinks and curls is that we have so much versatility and with versatility comes options!

BANDING.
Start by diving your hair into sections, gently tie ouchless hair elastics down the length of your hair. Make sure the hair bands don’t any metal on them because those have a tendency to rip hair out. I like using this method on freshly washed first day hair. That’s when I have the most shrinkage.

BRAIDING.
Divide your hair into four workable sections, depending on how thick your hair it you may want to do more. Braid each section and pin the braid in the opposite direction for more stretch. This will also reduce tangling!

I hope this was helpful.
Be sure to check out my video at the top of the page
and let me know what are your favorite methods to stretch your hair!
Until next time,
Irene ❤

Stretching that’s Easy As 1,2,3!

Hi guys! I hope you’re having an amazing week! I’m coming to you today with a prime tip that I have for stretching that just washed, shrunken hair. Is it just me, or is that hair too perfect? I know that, in my opinion, when I’m going to a function, I want to have clean, freshly washed hair. However, I also want to have it shaped and not looking like a shrunken mess. I’ve been struggling with this since I’ve become fully natural, and I’ve finally found a solution.
After washing my hair, setting it in three stand twists, and sleeping on them to let them air dry, this is what I was working with.

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The definition was amazing, but it was very “perfect” looking. So I took a pic to it and got to separating and fluffing. Not too much, though! After separating and fluffing, here is what I had.

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Very, very shrunken. Even more shrunken than what I had before! I find that when I fluff, lift, and separate with the pick, my hair draws up. That was NOT the look. So here’s what I did to stretch.

You know those clips that we used to use when we relaxed our hair? The ones that were used to clip up the rollers before we went under that God-awful dryer? Well, they have TONS of uses now that we’re natural, although I’ll save those for another post. They are called single prong clips and they come through in a clutch to stretch out our shrunken fros.

Using the clips, I created “assembly lines” on medium sized sections of my hair. On each section, I used about four clips. Sometimes I used more, though.

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I left these in for about ten minutes, based on the look that I wanted. The amount that you leave the clips on is up to you, but make sure not to leave it on too long. Doing so can cost you some definition and body. The result?

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A wonderfully stretched and shaped fro! By the way, this three strand twist out is slowly but surely becoming my signature. It takes forever, but the outcome is SO worth it! I think it’s safe to say that I’ve mastered it! 🙂

Until next time,
Mandisa ❤️