2 Heatless Methods To Straighten Natural Hair

Hey Black girl!

How are you & your hair?

As naturalists who are very aware of the glorious shrinkage of nappy hair, do we sometimes feel the need for a little stretch? Any hands in the air? 🙋

Well, I feel it very often and at such times, a heat straightener is a no-no because of the drying & damaging effects of heat on our afro textures.

Very quickly, there are 2 heatless and simple ways to stretch our natural hair;

  1. Banding
  2. African threading

Banding simply requires using hair ties  or what we commonly know as hair bands to secure a sectioned part of your hair from roots to ends while holding out the entire length of that section. The number of hair ties you’ld use on a section of hair would depend on your hair length and the elasticity of the hair tie.

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African threading on the other hand requires wrapping your hair in succession and it can be fully or partially wrapped. Just make sure you secure the ends properly.

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Yarn threading
Yarn threading

Keep in mind that these two methods can be carried out on either dry or damp hair. Personally, I don’t do anything to my hair when it’s desert dry so whenever I stretch, I do the following in succession;

  • Spritz with water;
  • Thread or band my hair;
  • Let air dry;
  • Take out the threads or bands (usually the following day);
  • Fluff my roots with my fingers or an afro pick comb or both.

Do you straighten your natural hair? Please let us know how you do so by leaving a comment below.

 

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3 thoughts on “2 Heatless Methods To Straighten Natural Hair

  1. I use both methods and I recently started using a blow dryer. I have the con-air infinity pro. I blow dry on low and cool and it has a comb diffuser. My hair comes out streched without the wait and it does not damage my hair. I do not blow dry very often tho.

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