One of the most asked questions by ladies joining the natural hair movement is ‘how can I grow my hair fast?’ Natural hair bloggers and Youtubers with long hair have their inboxes flooded with queries on which products they used to get to where they are. Well, the answer to that question is- there is no miracle product! Hair length retention is as a result of healthy practices. Your hair is constantly growing but to see length retention you’ve got to be gentle with it. One of the mistakes people make is improper stretching of hair.
You may be tired of having your hair in a fro or just itching for a length check. Or maybe you need your strands stretched before plaiting. How you do it could affect the health of your hair. The safest way is by using no-heat stretching techniques. Yes, African hair can be stretched without heat. Give yourself a break from the hot comb or blow dryer.
Two Strand Twists
This is one of the easiest styles to do. And what’s more, you can wear twists even to the office- just throw on some accessories and you’re good to go. Divide your hair into sections. From these divide into smaller sections. Take a group of strands in one hand and do the same for the other hand. Wind these groups around each other until you get to the end of the strands. That’s it! For maximum stretching effect, pin the twists to the back of your head or tie them in a ponytail for a few days before unraveling.
For even more stretching, try out Bantu knots. After finishing each twist, wrap it around itself in circular motions. When you get to the end, tuck it under the base of the twist. Use a bobby pin to secure if necessary.
The technique is almost similar to twists, but these require three groups of strands. You can do them as chunky or mini braids depending on the desired effect and time available.
This method is touted as giving the most stretch. After finishing your two strand twists, take a piece of thread and wrap around a group of say, four twists. Start at the roots going out towards the ends. For maximum stretching, wrap several times around one point. Make sure the thread isn’t too tight else you’ll stress your strands. Let them sit for a few days then unravel gently.
If you wish to stretch an old twistout, buns come in handy. Brush the perimeter of your hair after applying styling products. Gather the hair towards the centre of your head and secure with a hair tie. Spread the hair outwards and tuck the ends under the tie.