Stretch Your Hair Using French Braids

f0a270f620558c446fdc0cc4ba826b6eA lot of us may want large stretched curls and even though we embrace our kinks and coils, sometimes we want to stretch our hair out a little so that we can flaunt our true length. Hair styles like wash n gos don’t do justice for tightly coiled hair, so it’s time to improvise!

What You Need:

Rattail Comb

Moisturizer/Styler

Bobby Pins

Pick

The easiest way to achieve this stretched style is by doing french braids. Start by separating your hair down the middle. You can use a comb if you’d like, but in the video Whitney follows the line where her hair naturally wants to go which eliminates frizz during the separation process later down the road.


This style is done on hair that’s already wet, because you are trying to preserve your curl pattern. After parting down the middle, create another part on one side. This makes two sections on one side.

Apply your product to each section. In the video she uses a DIY shea butter mix, however you can use any styler that you prefer. Don’t comb through or disturb the curls as you begin the braid, otherwise that would defeat the purpose. Make one french braid and repeat that throughout your head.

You should have four french braids going straight back when you’re done. Use bobby pins to connect the front braid to the back, you can now wear this style outside until your hair dries if you want.

Take down the braids the next day (or after your hair has dried) and you can add a little oil to your hands to make sure that your hair doesn’t get frizzy. Take down the braids and fluff out your hair.

You can also use a little of your moisturizer/styler to shape your hair in the direction you want it to go. To maintain this style overnight, simply rebraid! This style is quick and low maintenance. It’s perfect for ladies with shorter natural hair or with high shrinkage. It also can stretch out your wash n go, giving you a nicely stretched out curly fro, if thats what you are into these days.

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About Victoria


Hi! My name is Victoria Sallie and I'm a twenty something year old blogger & student living in NYC. I began my transitioning natural hair journey in January 2013, and big chopped in April 2014. I decided to start writing because I wanted to document my hair journey, plus I realized that I couldn't find all the information I needed in ONE place on the internet. Deciding to return back to my natural hair was one of the best choices that I've ever made, and I'm glad to help anyone that has a question. Happy Hair Journey!

About Victoria


Hi! My name is Victoria Sallie and I'm a twenty something year old blogger & student living in NYC. I began my transitioning natural hair journey in January 2013, and big chopped in April 2014. I decided to start writing because I wanted to document my hair journey, plus I realized that I couldn't find all the information I needed in ONE place on the internet. Deciding to return back to my natural hair was one of the best choices that I've ever made, and I'm glad to help anyone that has a question. Happy Hair Journey!

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Courtney GotHer Own Walker

Love her hair

Salewa Orio

Mhhh amma try dis next time
Cause ma hair , goooosh is hard

Pwincez Rosey

I do this everynight years now

NaKisha Harvey

This is my protective style for a month or 2

Tamiko Beckwith

But, why is she wearing dutch/cornrow braids?

Lauren Ralph

Wish I knew how to braid

Hannah Okorafor

The term “French braid” is a misappropriated term. The French have no braids, they got it from the African. So if their is no such thing as the African braid. I’m confused as to why the French have one??

Good article, just needed to point it out.

Joya
Joya

Thank you for saying what I was just about to post.

Crystal Jacqueline

I like!

Nydia Bourne

You’ve got the length!