So I’m currently facing a dilemma when it comes to my hair. I’ve had to change a few things when it come to the maintenance and condition of it. This change is due to the length to my hair; its getting longer (almost bra strap length), it’s drier and prone to breakage and tangles. Keeping my hair stretched most of the time has now become essential because when I don’t stretch my hair, it tangles and it is so hard to get those tangles out! Also single strand knots is a pet peeve of mine and I know kinky curly hair is prone to this, but I don’t like having too many. Keeping my hair in a shrunken state, for example doing twist outs on wet hair or a high puff without stretching my hair prior adds to the problem.
I’m not against using heat to style my hair, however I don’t want to use the blow dryer regularly. So I’ve resorted to an age old way of stretching hair which is African threading. Now, my mum used to do this to my hair all the time when I was younger, and to be honest, I hated it. I hated the style, I hated people asking me what was in my hair; my cousin and I dubbed the hairstyle as ‘Spider Web hair’. It’s funny looking back on how I felt about this hairstyle when I was younger but what I did love about it was how my hair felt after I rapidly took it down (with permission of course). It was tangle free, stretched and my hair still felt moisturised after a week.
To be honest I don’t go outside without my beanie hat when I have this style in my hair, no disrespect to people who do, but I just do this for aesthetic reasons and I keep the thread in my hair for two days at most. I got some inspiration to return to African threading as a form of stretching my hair from GirlsLoveYourCurls on YouTube. Nadine’s super stretch method was so helpful and helped me re-discover an alternative way to stretch my hair without using heat.
I usually re-do the African threading after keeping the thread in my hair for a day. The next day I undo it, comb my hair, apply coconut oil and thread my hair back up.Coconut oil helps to add slip to the hair and softens my hair. after the second day my hair is stretched and more manageable. I swear by this method. There are plenty of tutorial on youtube but it does take some practice to get it right.
What methods do you use to stretch your hair?