Beauty Hair Care

Stretching My Natural Hair Series| Banding

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I have been bunning daily, and with my 4c hair, this style requires my hair to stretch. Naturally, my hair shrinks up quite a bit, so I usually dry my hair in twists that I eventually braid. With this method, bunning all week is proving to be a challenge, I am finding that to not be enough of a stretch for my hair to easily bun all week. Everyday I moisturize my hair it shrinks up a little more until wash day. With the twist to braid method, my hair is pretty shrunken by mid week, making my bun look bumpy.

Resultantly I decided to experiment with ways to stretch my hair. I decided to start with what seems to be the simplest method, banding. Before banding I completed my normal wash day using:

  • Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner to detangle
  • Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo to clarify
  • Ouidad Curl Co-Wash to keep the hair clean but add a little moisture
  • MillCreek Botanicals Biotin Conditioner to deep condition with protein
  • Rice Bran Oil to seal in the moisture through rinsing
  • Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner for moisture
  • Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Buttercream to seal

I then let my hair air dry to 80% before setting my hair with 3 hair bands. I banded in 8 sections and let air dry overnight. The next day I filmed the result:

I did not comb out my hair post wash, so the results have lots of texture. This week despite all of my daily moisture and 5 days of sweaty exercise, my hair remained stretched and I was even able to bun with a little more volume yesterday and today. When I wash my hair tomorrow, I plan to follow the same steps, but I will comb out my coils before banding to get a more blown out texture.  I will report back next week. Let me know if you have any banding tips that I can use for tomorrow’s experiment.

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