How to Stretch Your Wash & Go

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If you know me, then you know I'm the wash and go queen (didn't mean for that to rhyme but here we are)! I discovered all the way back in 2014 that my low porosity hair was never meant to go days without hydrating it. I use to blowdry or braid up my hair on Sunday and by Wednesday my hair would be dryyy! But in order to keep the style I spent a couple of hours to do, I'd midst it ever so lightly to keep the style. Needless to say, that didn't work for my hair and I learned that my low porosity hair LOVES water! Wash and gos have allowed my hair to grow and thicken beyond my wildest dreams but... that shrinkage though.

I have a theory that more black women with my hair texture (type 4) would wear their own curl pattern if they either had the right products or were comfortable with the shrinkage. For the first issue, Heritage Naturals Hair Care got you covered with a Healthy Curls Kit. ;) For the second reason, I completely understand and I know the reason I am able to embrace shrinkage so well is because I've been growing out my tapered cut for the past year and a half. I guess I'm used to the shrinkage. I'm not going to lie though; I enjoy a bit of stretch myself. With all that being said, here are some ways you can stretch your wash and go after it has dried on the first day.

Banding

Personally, this is the easiest method I have used to stretch my hair. All you need it some scrunchies or hair ties (avoid ones with metal or glue as they can rip out some of your hair) and you're good to go. Just wrap them around your hair multiple times through the length of your hair. You may end up looking like a dinosaur or a character out of Dr. Suess but hey it works.

African Threading

So this method takes a bit more skill and practice. It's similar to the banding method but it uses thread to elongate the length of hair. I'd advise to only use hair weaving thread or buy actual African hair thread at your local African store if there's one near you. Using a cotton or sewing thread may dry and tangle your hair.

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Twists/Braids

Ah, oldie but goodie. Twists and braids are easy and simple to do. My advice is to do them chunky so that it doesn't take up too much time.

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Rollers

We're taking it back! So I've tried rollers on my wash and go and it works and looks cute the next day. My only issue is that it does not allow me to sleep peacefully and depending on how big the sections are, it can take me more time to install than I bargained for.

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What is your favorite method to stretch your hair?

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