Twist Then Stretch

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by Nia of Ask Nia B

Sometimes I’ll blow dry my hair using the tension blow dry method. I don’t use a lot of heat on my hair (maybe three or four times a year) and will reserve this treat for times when I’m going somewhere and would like to lengthen my hair a bit for the occasion. Well, the other day, I did my whole hair routine and once my braid/twists dried overnight, I realized I had to go somewhere and wanted my hair a bit more stretched.

So, I sat on my bed looking out the window; maybe I was tryna find inspiration from the trees – I don’t know (lol). But, nonetheless, I needed to figure out how I was gonna pull off stretching my hair and make it to the event on time. I couldn’t do the “normal” tension blow dry method, because I do that before I twist my hair and it was obviously too darn late. I didn’t want to take the twists down and stretch my roots with the blow dryer, because I wanted to keep the texture from my braid/twists. So, I decided to blow dry and stretch my hair with the twists still in.

Here’s a pictorial of what I did:

I wasn’t sure if this was going to work, and I believe I spent way more time analyzing the process than I needed to. But, as you can see, comparing where my twist was in the first picture and the result in the fourth picture after the Twist Stretching, I was all set!

I noticed it didn’t take as much time for me to stretch my hair while in the twist as it does when I do it before twisting (which equaled less heat!). Also, the blow drying didn’t disturb the texture I was trying to keep, so I was all good. I think from now on I’m gonna twist, then stretch and not the reverse! That way, I save myself a smidgin of time, heat on my hair and money on my electric bill!

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Do you use the tension blow dry method?  If so, would you try doing so while your hair is in twists, etc.?

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3 responses »

  1. Also, I can only do this on damp hair. I did the tension method once. Since rarely blow out my hair, I’m going to stick to my normal way if blowing it out with comb. The only thing I do differently is leave HEHH or another conditioner in my hair when i blow it out. Not gobbs of it, but enough to protect it. Leaves it shiny, conditioned and gives good protection against the heat.

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