The Best Heat-Free Stretching Technique for 4C Hair

The Ultimate Heat-Free Hair Technique for 4C Hair

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I have a dedicated strategy to stretching my 4C hair that I think will work. I am happy to share it today. Give it a go and let me know how you get on. It works best with 4C hair being the kinkiest and thickest of all Afro textured hair but you can also try it on other black hair types if you want.

Tools Needed

  • Wide tooth comb
  • Heat protectant serum
  • Scarf
  • Kirby grips/Bobby pins

How to stretch your 4C hair without using heat or extensions

Step 1: Start at the back of your head and straight braiding mid-size chunky braids

I prefer braids to twists because braids stretch your hair better when it is done heat free. The first thing you should do is part the hair at the back of your head. The bigger your braids, the less stretched your 4C hair will be. After you have parted the back of your head, apply heat protectant serum liberally. I know you are wondering why you should use heat protectants if you aren’t blow drying your hair.

These serums actually help to soften 4C hair in order to get the hair ready for stretching. I haven’t looked back since – apply a few drops of the serum on the sections of your hair that you are going to braid. Remember, your braids don’t need to be perfect since you are doing this for heat-free stretching, not to impress anyone.

I prefer doing chunky ‘braids’ or in my country we used to call them mabutu. Braid them all the way to the end without allowing strands at the end to remain open. Continue reading