How to Stretch Your Natural Hair Without Heat

by Joanna E
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Many women love their natural hair but do not like to wear their hair in its shrunken state all the time. There are also women that like to prevent single strand knots that come with frequent wash and go’s and limit heat use to prevent heat damage. Luckily, there are several methods of stretching natural hair without heat. Please keep in mind, in order to get the best effect of these stretched styles you must make sure your hair is fully dry. If you’re looking for easy ways to stretch your natural hair, here are three easy methods for stretching hair without heat.


Stretching hair with Curlformers is one of the easiest methods for stretching your hair without heat no matter the hair length. Curlformers are available for short, medium and long hair and used on all hair types. Application and take down are fairly easy if you do it right. The best part about stretching natural hair with Curlformers is you end up with cute spiral curls when they dry. You can purchase official Curlformers at Sally’s Beauty Supply. For those of you that like a deal, you can purchase Magic Leverag dupes.

Check out my video of stretching hair with Curlformers using the Deluxe Range Styling Kit Spiral Curls for Long Hair below

Braids and Twists

Possibly the most common method for stretching hair is with braids or twists. If you’re stretching natural hair with braids or twists, make sure to separate the hair into medium sections. When the braids and twists are dry, wear in a braid out or twist out. If you’re stretching natural hair with braids or twists after washing, they can also be done in chunky twists or braids and dried overnight.


Banding is when you use rubber or elastic hair bands to stretch out the curls in your hair. You have to first comb out sections of hair and then place a hair band around it to make a small ponytail. Each section is banded a few more times to secure in place until the whole head is banded.

What are some other methods for stretching natural hair without heat?

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heather October 15, 2014 - 5:36 PM

I get a great stretch with the curlformers. I absolutely love them. When I do them right, it looks like I have a press and curl. Now I just have to figure out how to maintain the curls for more than a day. My hair, however, remains stretched for several days when I use them. I love this product.

Jo October 15, 2014 - 8:05 PM

I love them too! Haven’t used them in a while, but they worked very well for me when I transitioned.


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