6 Ways To Stretch Natural Hair – BHI Postcard Tips

6 ways to stretch natural hair

Information on the infographic:

1. Bunning – Start with wet detangled hair and apply leave ins. Divide hair into two and brush edges with a boar bristle brush. Tie into two low twisted buns and allow to air dry.

2. Braiding – Braid wet to damp hair in medium sections after applying leave in conditioners. Allow to air dry.

3. Blow Drying – Start with damp detangled hair. In small sections use a blow dryer on a low to medium heat setting to stretch hair using the tension method.

4. Banding – Divide detangled wet hair into 8-10 sections. Apply hair bands about 1 inch apart along the length of the section and allow to air dry.

5. Butters – Avoid curl enhancing creams. Opt for butters like avocado or shea butter during styling to reduce shrinkage.


6. Double Stretch – Stretch wet hair by bunning or banding then once dry braid in sections and leave overnight to set. This gives the best results.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Stephanie Lewis

Braiding wet hair causes tension and breakage.

PorkChops Apples Dbunnie

It don’t at all only if your hair is un healthy

Kiki Keishaboo Arnold

how can u stretch hair…well,im glad i naturally hav long hair..dont need no streching..lol

Dekia Gaither

shrinkage with natural hair…..

Hair world

i like it

Kiki Keishaboo Arnold

imma try the butters tho..i already put cocoa butter in my hair..keeps it healthy n thick..

Shelithia Jackson

You put regular cocoa butter?

Saidah Simpson

Natural raw cocoa butter like the Shea butter.

Carmen Moore

2 strand twists works for my hair

Alison Lakeisha Person

I already new about banding and I did it the other day !! I could tell a difference!!!!

LaNita Coleman

I double, sometimes triple stretch!

Lisa Bergen

What is banding?

Carmen Martin

I want to know, too?!!!

Marks Brandy

Pineappling is missing from this list

NíNí Octavía

ThankYou for this post!!!!

Victoria Wilson

Who the hell has time to stretch their hair!?! Lol these are good tips. .I just braid it wet and I’m good to go for a few hours!

Kayla Jas

when they say “stretching” they’re referring to hair with a lot of shrinkage. these products aid in elongating and extending the look of hair. i don’t have a lot or “bad” hair shrinkage, but i’ve done my fair share of research in my 14 years of life to know, lol.

Naturally Yours

Great tips!

Frankye Campbell

Oh, YES!!

Chastity McIntosh

Great info….

Marsharena Lee

My hair…I love it! BUT….I don’t care what I do, if it’s a humid day…I have about 80% shrinkage, so I only do wash-n-go’s or afros.

Shay Lanay

i bun and i have a perm

Serresa Rider

Trying natural pray with me not easy at all for me

Monique Tha Lioness Timms

Ok someone pls tell what “banding” is

Lindokuhle Charlotte Sindane

banding!!! best thing since shea butte

Latoya Aaliyah Small

Also African threading is good and I do that and banding. I usually wear straight hair so I don’t use double heat so I rarely blow dry