Hair shrinkage poses quite the dilemma for our ‘dos. For one, true hair length is significantly reduced, making it hard to rock big, voluminous styles, and worse—attempting to detangle is a pesky slash unpleasant process. While it’s popular to blow-dry your roots to achieve natural stretch, there are other ways to defy shrinkage that don’t require heat. Here, four gentle methods for stretching your strands, no heat necessary.
For a faux blow-out effect, section your hair into 4-8 mini ponytails. Tightly secure each section with a ponytail holder and continue to wrap more ponytail holders down the shaft, leaving a little bit of space between each band. Leave the style in for a few hours or overnight for a soft and stretched-out look.
Here’s one we love for a casual kickback or night out on the town. Bantu knots aren’t just a funky cool hairdo, they can also take the form of beautiful, elongated curls. Create a one or two-strand twist with a small section of hair, then wrap it into a tiny bun. Untwist knots a day or two later for spiral, stretched-out curls.
Another set style you can wear anytime is the flat-twist. If you’re looking for stretch, but want to maintain kink, flat-twist is the way to go. Part your hair into long, thin, vertical sections. Starting from the root of the top of the section, create a flat, two-strand twist gathering the hair down the section as you go along.
For an effortless stretch, tie your curls into a tight pineapple ponytail. This updo stretches your roots, making way for a full-length hairdo the next day.
How do you stretch your hair? Tell us in the comments below!