Another question I have received, was how did I grow my hair so long in 3 years. I am at about bsl (bra strap length) and decided to post what I have done to grow my hair to this length. When it is not protected, it is first stretched then styled. I have tried several ways of stretching my hair and I have listed the top three ways below. They are:
- Roller sets
- It is great to use big rollers. This prevents your hair from being curly, which defeats the purpose of stretching.
- While putting in the rollers, you will thoroughly comb your hair and add leave-in conditioner. This makes the hair smooth, moisturized and tangle free.
- Once you take the rollers out, wrap the hair as if it is permed. I personally use a netted wrap with no plastic wrap.
- I am under the soft-bonnet dryer with the rollers until dry. And I am under it again, for 15 minutes with the wrap.
- Unwrap the hair and your hair is stretched. I have posted a picture above in the pin to show a 4c natural hair rollerset.
- 2 big bantu knots
- This is a good method, when you want your hair in a ponytail/ bun during the week
- After towel drying with a microfiber towel, put the hair in two bantu knots then add a scarf on the front portion to lay it flat
- When dry, your front is flat and your hair shaft will be stretched to make a slick bun.
- I don’t use gels, and this keeps it flat for me.
- When you want some stretch but some light curls, this is a great method.
- Wrapping thread around the hair with a little space between will make it look like twists.
- When you unravel it, you will have stretched curls.
- Wrapping hair with no space will truly stretch out the hair.
- Be careful not to have it too tight at the roots.