So how do we combat shrinkage?
Typically we would say lay off of the heat because it can be damaging to your strands and don’t get us wrong we still say lay off, heat damage is nothing to snooze at. The fact remains that heat is one way to combat shrinkage and a pretty good way at that! Stretching your hair using heat, however, must be done in a responsible manner. You can try the tension blow dry method along with a very good heat protectant to minimize damage to your natural hair.
On the more extreme end of the scale, you can do a single pass with a medium heat flat iron, again with a great heat protectant.
Styles that offer maximum stretch
Styles that give your maximum stretch include roller sets, straw sets or curlformers, all of which do not require heat to dry. These tools are amazing because they hold the hair taut for you while your hair dries so that you can stretch your hair out without worry.
The key though is allowing your hair to dry completely, so many women use overhead hair dryers or just air dry for a very long time, including overnight for the best results.
Styles that offer a degree of stretch
► Braid Out – This style will give you a stretched look along with kinky curly definition. You will definitely see length with this method with just about 8 to 10 braids.
►Twist Out And Flat-Twist Out – Both are very easy and provide great stretch and lovely spiral curls. The smaller the twists that you install, the more curly your hair will become but the less stretched. Twist outs do not give as much stretch as braid outs but it is all a matter of preference.
Originally posted 2014-04-20 15:00:11.