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Want Bigger Hair?!

By January 27th, 202118 Comments
Want Bigger Hair?!

 Natasha Betty Of ASILI GLAM shares her tricks of the trade (via Around The Way Curls):

Well, it’s all in the technique. These simple tips will help you in achieving bigger, more voluminous natural hair.

Step 1.
Do your regular twist out routine to stretch hair. My favorite as you all know is the flat twist method.

Step 2.
Ensure that hair is COMPLETELY dry before taking down twists. Drier hair equals more stretch and defined hair.

Step 3.
Blow dry roots by using the tension method for super stretched coils. The tension technique is quite simple if executed correctly. Grab your blow drier and attach the nozzle. Starting from the back of your head grab a medium size section of hair and blast low heat on just your roots while gently pulling hair away from head. This creates the tension the hair needs to stretch and gives the illusion of more hair!

Step 4.
Proceed to do this to entire head until complete. After blow drying roots, grab a wide tooth shower comb, flip hair upside down and gently comb through roots ONLY to add even more volume. Use the “picking” technique as if you had an afro. Do not disturb the entire curl pattern as you will end up with disheveled, frizzy hair. Only pick the root of your hair.

Step 5.
Flip hair back up and shake from side to side to allow curls to naturally fall in place. Hair will appear bigger, fluffier and 10 times more voluminous!

Results from using the outlined technique:

Want Bigger Hair?!

For Those Not Familiar With “Tension Drying Method” Look below

CN Says:
 I’ve used this technique with great success! I actually leaned on it pretty heavily when I was wash and going back in the day. But since my highly porous hair stays soaking up atmospheric moisture, shrinakge sets back in rather quickly and I’m back at square one. So I reserve this technique for fall/winter, low humidity days and special occasions.
 Another, non-heat way to stretch is to pineapple OR pull your hair into multiple loose pony tails or one low loose pony for a couple of hours (or overnight). Magic.


  • watkinsabob says:

    great tips!!!

  • Unknown says:

    I can't wait for my hair to grow long enough to pull it taught that far above my head. WOW

  • Anonymous says:

    I used this method this morning after reading the post yesterday. I have short, fine, tightly coiled kinks.

    My TNC twists were spindly-looking when I removed the perm rods and untwisted. Shielding the curled end in my hand, I aimed the dryer's warm air flow to the roots.

    Afterwards I lifted the roots with a pick to camouflage the scalpiness.

    pros: Hid the scalpiness and gave a little fullness and height to my tapered style

    cons: I will not get 2nd day hair – I will likely wake up with a chunky looking fro.

  • Tea Wash says:

    This technique seems effective but i feel it would be futile to try it on my barely shoulder length hair. Maybe ill just wait until it grows longer lol

  • DiscoveringNatural says:

    I wonder if we can get this same effect by "banding" ones hair while wet?

  • prettybrowngirly says:

    i love the duck lips, personally. both pics are beautiful. um…that does not look like my hair texture at all, so I'm not sure if style will work for me.

  • Natural Beauty says:

    Good tips, this is already apart of my routine.

  • Anonymous says:

    Her hair is GORG!! I love the shape of it as well.


  • Anonymous says:

    I love her hair and she is pretty but…that second picture is not,i sorry. Ladies lets stop doing the duck lips please?

  • cassburt88 says:

    I just started pineappling a few weeks ago (my hair is finally long enough) and I LOVE it! One pony tail on top and one in the back, cover with satin bonnet, wake up, take it down, fluff roots, shake it out, and viola! I should've tried it sooner!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    @Kimmie is right. The vid was used to show the technique. For this 'stretching/volumizing' technqiue, you'd use the tension drying method on fully dry hair, concentrating on the roots. Hope that helps!

  • Kimmie0810 says:

    I think the video was more to show the method/technique: that you're pulling the hair taut and blowing air aimed at the root and not using an attachment or blowing it wildly.

    I don't have time for that honestly. I have very fine hair and I just let it be and wait for 2nd or 3rd day hair to get volume. I might cornrow or twist it at night.

    Shea Moisture Yucca line or products has really helped to give my hair some volume and appear to be thicker than it is.

  • Anonymous says:

    This is confusing. Asili's instructions say that hair should be completely dry, and CurlyChronicles is doing the method on damp hair. For Asili's info–isn't it bad to blow dry hair that is already dry? I get that you're only doing the roots and not the ends, but it seems like it would damage.

  • Anonymous says:

    I like using this method. It does work.

  • Ashley says:

    Your hair looks fly and I would love to know where that necklace came from.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hmmmm…..may have to try this one in a few weeks.

    Nicol C.

  • Anonymous says:

    pretty dimples video is different from this she does her straight down the hair shaft and not concentrating on the middle, it created less bulk in the middle….

  • Anonymous says:

    Oh ok this is cool. I was scared for a minute because she said blow dry the roots, and i just had a quick flashback going to the dominican salons where id be in pain. They would blow dry my roots with the steam coming out and all lol

    Ashley L.

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