Story written by Michaela Cammack, Dailyflipz Health Reporter
Story edited by Health & Business Editor Taylor Whitney
What if there was a way to prevent matting and unmanageable tangles? Well there is a way to do this, and it's simply done by stretching your hair.
Stretching means to get your hair in a state where your curls are not as tight, or when your hair is as straight as possible without as much heat.
Tangles arise more often in hair with tighter curls/coils. These strands of hair tend to curl in on themselves and others creating unmanageable hair for styling.
Jordan McClain, who's been natural for three years, says “ [some] Benefits would be that it makes my hair more manageable...It also defines my curls because they are looser.”
When you stretch the hair strands they are less likely to curl in on themselves, leaving the hair with less breakage when designing for your wash routine.
Pramae Glinton, a managing cosmetology graduate from carousel said to “...stretch the hair after it's been detangled.” this way when you stretch the hair, you're not stretching tangled hair.
There are a few ways to stretch your hair for better styling and less damage. One way is the banding method.
This method is done by sectioning the hair and taking hair ties, or ribbons (depending on the length of your hair) to wrap in a downward motion down that specific section. Leave those in overnight for strength hair.
If your curl definition is what you would like to keep in this style, you can loosely tie the bands around the hair for longer/looser curls.
Another way is to blow dry the hair till all the moisture is out. The desired look will then be elongated (stretched) hair with little to no curl definition.
The last method to stretch your hair would be to 3 strand twist, or braid out on the hair. Tutorials for both methods can be found on the side next to the article.
When stretching the hair, it makes your next wash day much easier, as well as keeping less hair out of your drain and comb.
Here's a tutorial to teach you about the "Twist Out" Method:
Here's a tutorial to teach you about the "Braid Out" Method: