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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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-...