3 Ways You Can Keep Tangles And Knots At Bay

braids3. Wear stretched styles

When you keep your hair stretched you will notice a drastic decrease in the amount of knots and tangles that you see in your hair. Stretched hair is less prone to tangles because there is less opportunity for your hair strands to hug and tangle onto the strand next to it, which is really how most tangles are formed.

Note that the key to getting more stretch from your style is to not style on dripping wet hair, wait for your hair to be 80% to 90% dry. This will reduce the amount of shrinkage you will get reducing tangles and increasing length retention. Now we cant talk about stretched styles without giving a few suggestions so we have a few you can try.

Twists out styles are very easy to achieve and produce nice spirally curls. The bigger your twists the less defined it will be and smaller twists will give you a more defined look.

The key to great stretched twists is stretching them around your head and pinning them to your head overnight; This will elongate your curls for a banging twist out. Also, you can totally wear your twists for two days or so for an impromptu protective style and then take them down for the rest of the week.

Braid outs are for some an all-time favorite style, because it offers great stretch and definition without stress. Yes, braids are more difficult to unravel but the great thing about braids is that you do not need to install a ton of them to get the stretch you need.

For a bit of flare you can leave about an inch or so at the ends of your hair unbraided and add perm rods for more curls. If you haven’t tried a braid and curl before we encourage you to experiment and see if it works for you.


Curl Formers are great for really stretching your hair and leaving you with very flattering curls. Just make sure that each section of hair that you put the curl former in is thoroughly detangled and product is smoothed onto the strands.

This will leave your hair silky and almost straight when you remove the curl formers. It can be a bit challenging to sleep in curl formers so you can sit under a hooded dryer for 30 mins to set the style.

Roller Sets are also great and super fun way to stretch the hair. You can use magnetic rollers, perm rods, or flexi rods to set your hair. Again, make sure the hair smoothed and detangled before setting.

Another great tip is to roll the hair in a spiral motion upwards and never directly on top of each other. This will ensure that your hair will dry properly and leave you with spiral curls which are elongated.

What are your favorite stretch styles? Comment below

Originally posted 2014-05-20 15:00:55.

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About Shelly Ann Cameron


Hi, I am Shelly Ann Cameron, freelance writer for BlackHairInformation.com. Jamaican born but call NYC home since 2005. When I'm not at my full time job as a Marketing Analyst, I am blogging about natural hair and lifestyle on my blog www.glamnaturallife.com. I created my blog to document my natural hair journey and share whatever I learned along the way. I am a promoter of healthy hair whether it's relaxed or natural. While I am no natural hair Nazi, since going natural in 2011, many of my articles are natural hair driven.

About Shelly Ann Cameron


Hi, I am Shelly Ann Cameron, freelance writer for BlackHairInformation.com. Jamaican born but call NYC home since 2005. When I'm not at my full time job as a Marketing Analyst, I am blogging about natural hair and lifestyle on my blog www.glamnaturallife.com. I created my blog to document my natural hair journey and share whatever I learned along the way. I am a promoter of healthy hair whether it's relaxed or natural. While I am no natural hair Nazi, since going natural in 2011, many of my articles are natural hair driven.

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Neen Heiress

Cornrows done with shea butter works so well for stretching my hair!

Mohamed Mahir Didi

Its ok

Dee Sam

Banding i get a good stretch than the twist out and braid out.

Chavis Pinky

Tawana Abetterme King

Carrolina Rep

Loose braids

Denise Slaughter

Yes, but by mid day it draws up like a brill Pad u hmm starts off sent as hell though

Ni-Ni Henderson

^^^Exactly what my hair does in its natural state. I can’t fight with my hair all day, so more power to those who do.

Shana Everson

Wash, blow dry, braid…

Suzie Brooks-Calvaire

Very True

Celestine Stainback

Beautiful hair

Beverly Shaw

What about wash and roll?

Tia Mitchum

African hair threading

chantell
chantell

My favorite method is what I call a three day twist. My hair is super thick so I shampoo my hair in the shower and come out with about 6 chunky twists. Then I split them in half or thirds and moisturize an seal for 12or more. The next day I split them in half again with a little moisturizer for 30 +, and the third day I split them in half again for around 60 or so twists. That last around 10 days, then I wear a twist out for 2-3 days and wash it again.

shauna
shauna

Love this! I’ll be trying this method soon! What do you moisturize with on day two and day three?