Stretching this hair…vol. I

…is something I’ve got to master, especially since fall is just around the corner! I’ve been checking out some oh so haute styles by @tjluvsbnnatural and I can’t wait to put my spin on them…but I need this hair to be in a state to cooperate (that rhymed lol). So here goes!

Here’s my hair before, and I had started before I remembered to take a picture…see how my wash and go shrinks so?

Here are the products I’m using (Dark n Lovely Au Naturale Coil Moisturizing Souffle and my current leave in mix….after I apply the cream, I brush the section through with my trusty Denman before two strand twisting all over. I’ve tried the other anti shrinkage gel on wet hair and I like it so I thought I’d give this one a try on dry hair. It has a nice creamy consistency and it’s not heavy at all. Nice absorption into my hair.

 I pull the twists into a ponytail, bobby pin the ones on top that don’t quite reach, and then band the ponytail. As you can hopefully see, I also pinned the two braids at my nape, because I didn’t want them to dry in that awkward position; up then down.

I don’t use heat otherwise, but I had my daughter blowdry my hair a little to get the stretch started. The next day…

Removed the headband I used to band my ponytail and the bobby pins. I prefer the bobby pin method, since the headband destroyed the integrity of my twists in the back..

 But most of them turned out pretty darn good! Nice and elongated.

 As I started to take them down, I discovered the twists in the back weren’t quite dry. So I twisted them all back up, and used the bobby pin method! Can’t wait to see…

 OMG I’m in love! It wasn’t as stretched as I had imagined, but my strands were definitely softer, straighter, and the twists were easier to separate and fluff! Maybe I need to do this more often, like everytime I twist my hair…but this is what I got, just in time for my cousin’s birthday party!

The right side is before the party, and the left is during and afterwards..it shrunk some lol..


My makeup was on point too, I feel a post coming!

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