Heat Free Natural Hair..YES! Protect Your Tresses….
After going all summer with your tresses tucked away in protective styles, you will eventually want to let your hair loose and check out your growth results.
If you are natural hair newbie, you may have heard other naturalistas say to STAY AWAY from heat! Most resort to using hear on their hair when they want to see the length of their hair.
DONT… If you are anxious to see how much your tresses have grown then use the stretch method. Stretching your hair is the best way to go because it helps to minimize tangling and knotting. When you don’t use heat, you are protecting your hair from the dryness and damage that hair dryers cause.
Will Stretching Harm My Natural Tresses?
Heatless stretching is NOT aggressive on your hair. Ultimately, the goal is not to fully straighten hair but simply elongate it to almost 90% of its full length. The result of gentle stretching will look very similar to a blow out.
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7 Heat Free Ways to Stretch Your Natural Hair
Curlformers: Stretching hair into a spiraled style
African Threading: African threading is a traditional styling technique that goes back ages. For this technique, black threading is wrapped around strands of hair from just above the roots all the way to the ends. This wrapping is not just stylish, but also protective.
Bantu Knots: This process stretches the hair while creating ringlets and beautiful natural curls. The great thing about bantu knots are that you can wear the knots as a style and once you unravel them, you’ll have another style!
Banding Method This method involves the use of hair ties or ponytail holders to gently stretch the hair by holding the curls in an elongated position as they dry.