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5 Ways to Stretch Natural Hair Without Heat

April 1, 2017
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Blow drying may be the quickest way to battle shrinkage and show off more of your length but it’s not the only way. If you have sworn off heat for good or just want to minimize the amount, here are five easy ways to stretch natural hair without heat.

1. Braiding

Braiding can give you a similar look to a twist-out while stretching your natural hair. Since there’s more tension used with braiding and the three sections of hair hold tighter, it allows the hair to keep that stretched-out position better than twists would.stretch natural hair without heat main

2. Banding

Banding is simply putting sections of hair in small ponytails using bands placed along the length of the hair. It’ll work on dry hair but doing this on slightly damp hair and allowing it to dry while stretching may be most effective. Make sure each section is detangled and moisturized, smooth the hair as you go and use bands without the metal pieces or Snappees as seen in this video.

3. Bunning

Just put your hair in a bun (or two, if your hair is shorter) overnight or for a decent amount of hours to give it a good stretch! For best results, braid your damp hair, let it air dry and then bun it afterwards for a blown-out look without touching a blow dryer!
This three-minute video from Andrea of TheALGLifestyle recaps these first three methods with a bonus technique for heatless stretching.

4. Roller Set

Setting your hair on rollers and allowing it to air dry is another way to stretch natural hair without heat. You’ll need to allow more time for your hair to dry than you would if you were going to sit under a dryer. Using sections that aren’t too thick and large rollers for your length (hair should be able to wind around hair at least one and a half times for security) should help speed up the drying time.

To really make sure that the roots are stretched if your hair is longer and super thick, you can try this method of sectioning the hair into ponytails and then adding rollers or large perm rods to the loose hair. Curlformers can also do the trick!


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5. Steaming

I know what you’re thinking…
“Isn’t that heat?!”
Technically, steam doesn’t count as heat… it’s just water in another form, so it’s perfectly safe. The Q-Redew Handheld Hair Steamer will not only stretch natural hair without heat but the steam moisturizes and softens your strands.
Read my Q-Redew Steamer Review here and check out this demo from Romance aka HeyCurlie!

What methods have YOU used to stretch your hair? Are there any methods you have yet to try that would like to?

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