In this post, I am showing you different ways you can stretch natural hair without using heat. Theres is no reason why you should suffer from heat damage if you can use different methods to stretch out your hair.
Trust me, I have experience first hand what excessive heat can do to your natural hair and you do not want it.
A few years ago, during my weave days, I would continously flat iron my leave outs to make it blend in with my weave.
Before I knew it, half of the front of my hair was missing.
It took me awhile to figure out that it was all that heat that I was using in my hair that was making it fall out.
After going natural, I decided I was not going to use so much heat in my hair. I’m not saying never, but probably not as much as I use to.
Instead, I have figured different ways to style my natural hair and stretch it out without using excessive heat.
Yes, I know it’s not the same as actually flat ironing or blow drying, but it is so worth it in the long run.
By using these different stretching methods to stretch natural hair you are:
Avoiding Heat Damage
You are saving time (flat ironing my natural hair took a heck of a long time)
You are getting rid of shrinkage (which can be a pain in the butt)
The first way to stretch natural hair with no heat is to braid it. I know, so simple right?
1) Braid To Stretch Natural Hair
This is the fastest and my go to method when I’m in a hurry because it does not take much time to do. I usually part my hair in sections and braid each section.
For better results it’s usually better to comb through each section first before braiding.
2) The Banding Method
You’re going to need a few hair ties to stretch your natural hair using the banding method.
This one is also easy as well. All you’re doing is parting your hair in medium portions and wrapping the hair tie around your hair as seen below.
3) Using Yarns
I find this method works better for me than the first two methods. Don’t get me wrong, the first two methods are great methods as well but this one just stretch my hair way more and add the length that I need.
For this method, you’re going to need some yarns, or if you can’t find yarns, you can use some thread.
You will also need a pair of scissors to cut the yarns. You’re doing the same thing as the second method but with yarns instead.
I usually do one of the above methods to stretch my hair before bed and leave it till the next day till I’m ready to go out to get better results.
This is a before picture of how my hair was looking and as you can see it clearly was in need of stretching. The shrinkage was real.
This is picture is the day after I did the yarn method to stretch out my natural hair.
I was really happy with the results and how stretched out my hair was compared to the first picture.
What are some methods you use to stretch out your natural hair?
Like I said earlier you do not have to use heat in your hair.
There a several methods you can use to stretch natural hair. You just have to find which one works best for you.
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