3. Bantu Knots
Another one of my favorites is letting my hair air dry and then doing a Bantu knot out.
You take several sections and then wind them in one direction until you can twist them over themselves.
Take the wound section and continuously wrap it around and around, forming the knot.
Again be sure not to do it too tight. I like to add a bobby pin to hold it down while I sleep. Then in the morning I carefully unravel and then fluff out.
4. Twists and Braids
These are all very common techniques to stretch the hair, but try doing this pre-shampoo. On wash day I always put my hair in 4-6 twists prior to washing.
This gives you the ability to get the hair clean without letting it shrink up. Once you’ve completed the shampoo, do the same thing while you condition.
Then, you can rinse and let the hair air dry in those same twists. It not only makes washing your hair easier, but it also helps keep your hair elongated showing more of your true length!
5. Rod/Perm Roller Set
Many people enjoy the look of doing a curl set on their hair when it’s wet, but I think you can get an even better and more elongated look if you let your hair air dry 50 percent of the way in twists first and then use the rollers. You will achieve nice soft bouncy curls, and your hair will be full and longer looking.
Beauty and hair maven Naomi Mackenzie is a freelance writer and business consultant. Her passion is to continuously keep up with the ever evolving techniques and topics as it relates to skin and hair, while helping others to embrace their own definition of beauty in a healthy way. Her blog, KissTheChaos (www.KissTheChaos.com) shares both an educated and personal perspective, sought to spark ongoing discussion. Follow her on Instagram at @oOolala_laa and on Facebook here.