Every now and then you’ll want to straighten your crown to achieve more refined and classic looks such as pin ups or French rolls. There are many ways and techniques to straighten your natural black hair without the use of heat or chemicals. In this article, we review five ways to release and stretch your curl pattern and achieve a straighter look without applying any heat.
To achieve a stretched natural hair style, gather these hair care products and tools:
Once you have the right products to help manage your hair, you are ready to press forward with a natural hair stretching technique. Before initiating the stretching process, start with damp but clean hair. Some natural hair experts even recommend trying thing these methods after a co-wash, when your hair is light in weight and not heavy with hair products.
There are five common ways to straighten your natural black hair or combat shrinkage. Each technique is easy to master and double as protective styles. To achieve the best results consider wearing each style overnight or a minimum of 12 hours. Avoid using heavier styling products such shea butter and thick creams. Instead, opt for lighter oils such as coconut or tea tree oil. You can also explore with creating your own perfect leave-in conditioner that is light and flatters your unique crown and its texture.
While you might wear a natural hair bun as part of your everyday natural hair style, it might surprise you to know that a bun is also an excellent way to stretch natural hair. Bunning is a technique that can be useful for looks that require you to stretch and straighten natural hair that is shoulder length or longer.
How to Bun Your Hair
Wrapping natural hair to achieve a stretched or straight hairstyle is a recommended heatless method for Queens with hair types ranging from 3C to 4A. Wrapping is only recommended if you have ample time available to ensure your crown is completely dry. If you have thick tresses your hair will need at least 24 to 48 hours to dry completely.
How to Wrap Your Natural Hair
Bantu knotting is a popular hairstyle among naturalist because they are versatile and slay approved. The style was created by Bantu people, more than 300 African ethnic groups living in southern and eastern Africa. Bantu knotting is one of the best ways to both stretch or create tight curls. To master stretching with bantu knotting remember to focus on where you complete each knot and plan for ample drying time. Bantu knots are also a favorite for also supplying a bit of body to your natural hair.
How to Create Bantu Knots
Braiding or twisting techniques will ultimately get you one step closer to hair that is straight and stretched without heat or relaxers. Hair braiding and twists have been a favorite for naturalist because they are versatile, long lasting, and convenient. They also play a key role in protective styles and keeping your crown well hydrated. When removing your braids be sure to be patient to avoid frizzing.
How to Braid or Twist Your Hair
The banding method is a favorite technique to stretch natural hair without applying any heat because it is exceptionally simple and delivers lasting results. If your curl pattern is between 3C and 4C, banding is your go to style for achieving the best stretch. Choose your bands with care to reduce indentations or breakage. Recommended bands include a satin cloth, thread, or single hair bands.
How to Band Your Natural Hair
Tip: Many natural hair divas use flexi rods in place of hair bands.
These are just five ways to straighten your natural crown using stretching techniques that require no heat or texture altering chemicals. For the best results explore various techniques to discover your favorite methods. Remember, to start with clean hair and ensure that your hair can air dry completely or these methods will fail you.