4 Great Ways to Stretching Natural Hair


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The quickest and easiest way to stretching my natural hair is to use a blow dryer. But a few months ago I was told by Trichologist (hair/scalp specialist) Teresa Angelina that I blow dry my hair too much. In my head I was thinking...she doesn't know about the shrinkage I have to deal with when my hair gets wet. Those with at least 75% shrinkage can relate to my pain.

How can I possibly get my hair to stretch to it's full potential without the use of heat? Of course the first thing I did, was jump onto my computer and start to do some research. Thankfully I discovered that i wasn't alone and there are so many different ways to stretching your hair without using your blow dryer. You've got to love the internet.

Here are 4 great ways to at least minimise your shrinkage or stretch your hair.

1 / Washing hair in braids

Before you shampoo/cowash, put your hair in braids or plaits, as it's a great way to minimise shrinkage and to reduce tangles. 

Check out the video below which illustrates how this method keeps your hair nicely stretched during the cleansing process. 

2 / Twists and Braids

Doing two strand twist or flat twist on wet/damp hair is a great way to stretch out length and prevent shrinkage. Alternatively you could use braids, as they create a little more stretch or tension than twists, giving you a little extra in length. 

I currently use a mixture of braids and flat twists to air dry my hair. This allows me to achieve as much length as possible and also keeps my hair really moisturised. Here are the steps that I take in order to stretch my hair...

  1. After my hair has been shampooed/cowashed and then towel dried with my microfiber towel. I then spray my Creme of Nature argan oil leave in conditioner throughout my hair.
  2. I then section my hair into 8 sections (4 on each side of my head) and complete my LCO (Liquid, Cream and Oil) method.
  3. Liquid - Creme of Nature Argan oil leave in conditioner (which has already been applied). Cream - Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner or a oil moisturiser. Oil - Coconut/Jojoba/Olive/Argan/Grapseed oil to seal it all in.
  4. Each section is braided and then I create bantu knot at the ends to ensure maximum length and to prevent dryness.
  5. Once my hair is dry, I take down the twists, detangle and then do two large braids (one each side of my head) to give it one last stretch overnight.

The following video is very similar to the regime that I follow. It's also great for those transitioning.

Another great way to stretch your hair with twists...

3 / Hair Sets

At the moment Curlformers are a very popular heatless natural hair stretcher and you can stretch out hair of any length with this set. But sets like straw set, roller set, flexirod set etc generally stretch natural hair.

The following video shows you how to stretch short natural hair using Curlformers.

4 / Banding

Banding is the process of using ponytail holders to gently stretch out wet natural hair. The hair is divided into sections then the holders are wound tightly down the section from root to tip so that the hair stays stretched as it dries.  If you're going to try this method, be sure to use elastics bands made without the metal piece that can snag your strands. 

 

 

What's your favourite method for stretching your hair? Share your comments below...

 

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Product Review / Lush Roots & Retread


After receiving some lovely goodies from Lush, I decided to review their Roots Hair Treatment and Retread Hair Conditioner. I was also preparing my hair for colour that week and I read that It helps to avoid products that contain dimethicone, as it may inhibit penetration of the hair dye. Thankfully non of these products contain this ingredient. 

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1 / Root Hair Treatment

Product / Lush - Roots Hair Treatment

Price / £9.95 

Size / 225g

Rating / 8 out 10

Where to Buy / https://www.lush.co.uk/products/roots

About / The root to great hair starts at the scalp: we've used mint in three different ways to stimulate the scalp and hair follicles. We follow this up with conditioning and strengthening extra virgin olive oil, honey, and balancing nettle. The delicate, cheering perfume comes from a blend of neroli, grapefruit, and sweet orange oil. Apply to dry hair, starting at the roots. Massage into the scalp and leave for 20 minutes.

My Thoughts

I love that all Lush products come with a witty, poetic description. "Thine be the glory - Don't despair, we've got a treatment for thin and fine hair". I have fine hair, so with a description like that you can't go wrong.

Smell & Texture

On opening the tub, you can instantly smell the fresh mint leaves, which is great. It's also light and refreshing so it gets two thumbs up from me.

It has a thick consistency, rather like a typical deep conditioner, which is exactly how I like my hair treatments.

Application

As instructed I divided my hair into sections, 4 sections to be precise and then applied the treatment. I used a generous amount to ensure that my hair and scalp had full coverage. I then massaged my scalp for roughly 10 minutes (instructions state 15-20mins) as I got distracted, but I left it on my hair for a total of 25 minutes.

Results

Within minutes I could feel the product going to work. My scalp was tingling from the fresh mint and I was loving it. I could see and feel that my hair had absorbed the product really well as my hair felt really coated and the product seemed to make my hair feel thicker.

Rinsing out the product was a breeze and I loved that fact that my hair felt super soft and really moisturised. I could instantly feel the difference, even after I shampooed, so I'll most definitely be using this product again.

What would I do differently?

Stimulating the scalp is so important for hair growth and overall healthy hair, so for next time i'll be giving myself a scalp massage for at least 15 minutes. I may also leave the treatment on my hair for a little while longer. No harm in ensuring that I get full benefits from these wonderful natural ingredients.

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2 / Retread Hair Conditioner

Product / Lush - Retread Hair Conditioner

Price / £10.25

Size / 225g

Rating / 3 out 10

Where to Buy / https://www.lush.co.uk/products/retread

About / Retread helps to mend the outer shaft of the hair cuticle by coating and strengthening the hair with oils, fresh fruit and yoghurt. Just use a generous scoop of this heavyweight conditioner and let it get to work. We use jojoba oil, avocado oil, and extra virgin olive oil to add moisture and shine. Fresh cantaloupe melon is in there for its cleansing enzymes, and yoghurt and soya milk for protein and to add extra shine.

My Thoughts

"A heavier weight conditioner that is there for you in times of trouble. Put a plentiful coating on the hair and let it go about its work". Conditioners are great for adding in moisture and revitalising dry/thirsty hair. So I was excited to try this stuff in preparation for my change in hair colour.

Smell & Texture

Guys, i'm not loving the smell of this product, one bit. It has an unusual, woody, old tea bag type smell which is too strong for me. Thankfully it didn't linger on my hair once I rinsed out.

The texture is pretty much like your average hair conditioner. It has a runny/watery consistency which is also similar to yoghurt. 

Application

After shampooing I applied two handfuls of the conditioner to my hair, concentrating on the ends as they tend to get really dry. I then rinsed out the product with warm water, which was easy as the product is really light.

Results

I expected so much more from this heavy weight conditioner. My hair didn't feel as moisturised as I assumed it would be, detangling wasn't made any easier and I didn't get the wow factor I was looking for. Maybe i'm expecting too much too soon, as it does state that this product. '...helps to mend the outer shaft of the hair cuticle by coating and strengthening the hair with oils...'. So maybe i'll see better results in the future.

What would I do differently?

Unsure if i'll be using this product anytime soon. But if/when i do, i'll be mixing it with another conditioner as it contains some great natural ingredients which my hair can benefit from. 

Have you tried Lush's Roots Hair Treatment and Retread Hair Conditioner? Share your thought's in the comments box below.

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Cleanser


Whether you're a naturalist or transitioning, you've more than likely heard about Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). It has long been used as a natural hair care product to promote healthy hair in both men and woman. Its acidity is close to that of natural hair, it’s a good conditioner and cleaning agent.

When I first heard about ACV as a hair cleanser, I thought it sounded pretty weird. But as you all know I've used all sorts of ingredients from my kitchen that has done wonders for my hair, so surely this can only do good. After doing some research, I figured it was worth a try, and I'm so glad I did. This stuff leaves my hair super soft, smooth, and very shiny. Plus my scalp is left feeling really clean and healthy.

Hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to that of an apple cider vinegar rinse (pH 2.9). An ACV rinse is great for bringing the pH back to where it's supposed to be after shampooing has increased the pH. 

Benefits

  • Removes product build-up without stripping hair of its natural oils
  • Contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that will combat itchy, dry scalp
  • Natural hair loss treatment
  • Home Remedy for head Lice
  • Smooth the hair's cuticle which help to prevent split ends
  • Locks in protein and moisture 

My ACV Cleanser Mix

  • 1 part apple cider vinegar
  • 1 part water

How I Make My ACV Cleanser

  1. Pour 1 part ACV and 1 part water into a water spritz bottle
  2. After shampooing, part your hair into 4 sections. 
  3. Within each section spray the mixture onto hair and scalp. Focussing mainly on your scalp. Make sure you place a towel around your neck so that you don't get too wet.
  4. Then gently massage it into your scalp.
  5. Let the mixture sit for about 3  minutes before rinsing fully with water.
  6. Then condition as usual.

 

Have you tried ACV on your hair? What natural hair cleanser would you recommend?

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Microfiber Towel / Great Drying Method For Natural Hair


Microfiber Towel

You’ve shampooed and conditioned and now it's time to dry your hair, so you reach for the only drying method you know...the bath towel. 

Did you know that the surface of most standard bath towels disrupts the cuticle layer, separates the natural “clumping” of curls and contributes to frizz? 

But fear not, as i have alternative option for absorbing excess moisture from the hair without robbing the hair of too much moisture or roughing up its surface. 

A microfiber towel is less fluffy than a regular cotton towel but is actually much more ideal for drying hair and here are some of the benefits...

  • It absorbs water much more rapidly without the need for rubbing;

  • You don't have to rub your hair to get the water out so there is minimal friction between the towel and hair fibres - less friction means less breakage;

  • Hair that's been wrapped in a microfiber towel will dry a lot faster than hair that's been wrapped in a regular towel;

  • It helps to reduce hair frizziness.

 My microfiber turban/towel

My microfiber turban/towel

How do you use a microfiber towel?

After washing my hair I give it a gentle squeeze to get rid of the dripping and then I placed the microfiber towel over my head, twist the length of the towel and then secure the end at the back. No need to rub or scrunch, just a gentle pat over the surface is enough.

Where to buy?

I purchased my microfiber towel (turban) from my local hair shop for £1.99, but i'm now thinking of upgrading to a better quality towel which is much larger. Here are a couple well known brands that have received some good reviews...

 

Have you tried a microfiber towel before? What microfiber towel do you use?

 

Source: https://www.nenonatural.com/hair-blog/why-...