Sometimes I’ll blow dry my hair using the tension blow dry method. I
don’t use a lot of heat on my hair (maybe three or four times a year)
and will reserve this treat for times when I’m going somewhere and would
like to lengthen my hair a bit for the occasion. Well, the other day, I
did my whole hair routine and once my braid/twists dried overnight, I
realized I had to go somewhere and wanted my hair a bit more stretched.
So, I sat on my bed looking out the window; maybe I was tryna find
inspiration from the trees – I don’t know (lol). But, nonetheless, I
needed to figure out how I was gonna pull off stretching my hair and
make it to the event on time. I couldn’t do the “normal” tension blow
dry method, because I do that before I twist my hair and it was
obviously too darn late. I didn’t want to take the twists down and
stretch my roots with the blow dryer, because I wanted to keep the
texture from my braid/twists.
So, I decided to blow dry and stretch my
hair with the twists still in.
Here’s a pictorial of what I did:
I wasn’t sure if this was going to work, and I believe I spent way
more time analyzing the process than I needed to. But, as you can see,
comparing where my twist was in the first picture and the result in the
fourth picture after the Twist Stretching, I was all set!
I noticed it didn’t take as much time for me to stretch my hair while
in the twist as it does when I do it before twisting (which equaled
less heat!). Also, the blow drying didn’t disturb the texture I was
trying to keep, so I was all good. I think from now on I’m gonna twist,
then stretch and not the reverse! That way, I save myself a smidgin of
time, heat on my hair and money on my electric bill!