It’s no secret that as black girls, our hair to the point of being borderline unmanageable. Between the tangles, single strand knots and shrinkage, it’s no wonder that people never want to deal with their hair. Instead, they turn damaging methods such as straightening and perming. One of the best ways to minimize tangles and knots is by stretching your hair. Stretching your hair is crucial to getting some of the best hair days possible.
Here are three ways to achieve maximum stretch:
Braiding– Braiding your hair fresh out of the shower is a great way to not only stretch your hair but also style it. When you braid your hair you can cornrow it or just free braid it. When you take it out not only do you have stretched and manageable hair, but you also have a bomb braid out.
Banding– Banding is another great way to make sure that your hair is tangle and knot free. This method involves wrapping scrunchies down the length of your hair. By doing this you are effectively pulling your roots and your ends down so that your hair can be stretched to it’s maximum length.
African Threading– African Threading is my personal favorite despite the fact that it can be a little time consuming. On freshly washed hair, you would wrap thread (usually from the beauty supply store) down the length of your hair and then you take it out the following day. The great thing about African Threading is that it can also be used as a protective style so you could wear it out or under a wig. Either way, you are avoiding tangles and all the other annoyances of natural hair.