There are times when those of us with naturally tightly coiled or textured hair may want to stretch, elongate and define it. There are many ways to achieve this. Braiding is a tried and generally healthy way to elongate the hair while still maintaining texture. There are new devices being created that also help with stretching or elongating naturally textured hair, but may not curl the hair at the same time.
Why forgo direct heat on naturally dry, kinky hair types?: It is because in order to get the hair completely straight you must disrupt the protein bonds of the hair. The extreme heat needed to straighten the hair will cause these protein bonds to be slightly broken down each time the hair is heat treated. The more often the hair is straightened the more the bonds will be broken down, causing the hair to lose it's natural curl pattern more and more each time the hair is pressed.
Depending on the hair's texture it may require more aggressive straightening to get the hair as straight and silky as one may desire. The straighter the hair texture is naturally the less heat will be required. This is why some can heat style their hair with minimal heat damage and others experience more damage. The type of process used to straighten the hair will also affect how damaging it will be to the hair. To minimize damage, especially if the hair texture is tighter, more corse and harder to straighten, opt for more indirect ways of straightening, stretching or loosening the hair, such as roller setting. Roller setting will allow you to set the hair in a way that it will straighten naturally as much as it can based on it's natural curl pattern without forcing it to straighten beyond it's natural ability and what is healthy for your particular curl patten and or texture. Heat damage occurs when the hair is forced to straighten far beyond it's natural curl patten using extreme heat and tension.
Many who have been trying to grow their natural hair have found that the hair only grows to a certain point but never to their desired length. If you are pressing your hair or using heat implements on a regular basis this could be the problem. Also trimming the ends regularly, especially if you are heat treating your hair, is a must. This is because heat treating the hair will cause the ends to split. If these ends are not trimmed they will travel up the hair shaft and cause uneven hair breakage and thinning.
If you have made the decision to "grow" natural, learn to accept your hair's natural texture without comparing it to that of others. Learn the options you have for changing and increasing your style options without damaging it with the excessive use of heat..
How to Achieve this look: When we opt for a curly style we most often want to maintain as much noticeable length as possible. This video will show how to define and elongate the hair while also creating amazing texture, curls and waves all without applying extreme tension, heat or manipulation to achieve the look.
What you will need to achieve this look:
PRODUCTS: Natural Oasis
Step1 Cleanser- Fruit Herb & Flower ACV
2) TOOLS: Large tooth comb, Rat-Tail Comb, Magnetic Rollers with Clamps, Large Perm Rods.
Cute Curly Fro | Transition Style
Not everyone is ready to do the drastic "big chop". This Natural Hair Transition Style Tutorial will show you how to style your hair while gradually cutting your relaxed ends. As well as how to style two hair textures while growing out the rest of your relaxer.
Natural Hair No-Heat Curls & Waves
HOW TO GIVE DRY 4C NATURAL HAIR, SHINE & DEFINITION
4C Defined Corkscrew Curly Coily Fro: Great way to define, stretch and curl short 4B/C natural hair. For transitioning hair to help blend natural and relaxed hair together to create a uniform look. For best results stretch and roll hair at the same time up rod.
What you will need to achieve this style:
1) About 30 perm rods.
2) Large tooth comb & leave-in moisturizer & detangler.
3) Large tooth rat-tail comb.
4) Small tooth rat-tail comb for smoothing & setting hair.
5) Setting lotion.
6) Hair oil for shine and sealing.
7) Maintain using a satin bonnet or sleeping on a satin pillow case.
To prevent dryness in the future, eliminate all direct heat, permanent hair color and bleaching, as this will make 4C hair textures excessively dry, brittle and prone to breakage. Click here for products used.
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"Super Defined Massive Spiral Curls"
By now, everyone knows that flex-rods are one of my favorite ways to style natural hair. I've been wanting to showcase a super tight, full and defined massive curly style that can be worn for those summer days or evenings when you want to let loose all the natural hair growth you've spent months or even years to grow. This style really allows you to show off all that hard work and sacrifice, utilizing protective styles to achieve massive hair growth. Using a similarly used technique with flex-rods, this styling option will allow you to create super defined, long-lasting curls that can go from a big, massive curly fro or spiral ringlets to a super full pineapple or curly puff when the curls begin to fall. This technique should give you curls that will last 1-2 weeks, perhaps longer, depending on how favorable the weather is where you live. So godhead, treat yourself to this awesome mane of magnificent curls. And if you haven't grown it yourself yet,...improvise by creating this look with a protective sew-in or crotchet weave. For more information of products used click here: http://www.naturaloasisproducts.com/howtouseproducts
Wishing you all the best with your natural hair goals,