Shrinkage can be your best friend or worst enemy. If you are struggling to retain length as a natural, shrinkage could be the problem. I used to love the big fros that I’d get after humidity shrunk up my twistout. However, I didn’t like the extra knots and tangles that came along with it. One year I decided to wear my hair in stretched styles to see if that helped me retain more length, since I wasn't retaining it when I was wearing my shrunken fros. Overall, stretching and protective styling helped me get over my length plateau and made my wash days so much easier.
WHAT IS STRETCHING?
Stretching is the act of elongating your hair with various techniques. It lets you maximize your hair’s length without the use of a flat iron. Stretching your natural hair is essentially the same as pulling a slinky a part- the coil is still there, just not so eager to bounce back immediately.
Stretching has many benefits that are important for those looking to retain length:
HOW CAN I STRETCH MY HAIR?
There are many ways to stretch your hair without heat:
5. Roller Sets: you can rollerset your natural hair just like relaxed hair. Rollersetting you natural hair will produce a blowout look without the heat damage.
6. Super stretch: you can combine any two method to get the ultimate stretch. I have two favorites:
Thanks for reading! Natural hair can be easy. Detangling doesn’t have to be a war. All you need is knowledge. Know someone that is struggling manage their natural hair? Share this with them!
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