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Twist THEN Stretch- A Styling Trick!

By January 27th, 202145 Comments
Twist THEN Stretch- A Styling Trick!

by Nia of Ask NiaB

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:

Twist THEN Stretch- A Styling Trick!

 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!

Do you use the tension blow dry method?  If so, would you try doing so while your hair are in twist etc.?


  • Stacy Christie says:


  • canndigurl24 says:

    Yeah Naptural's method is great, but I can still see using this method as a good idea for when you're pressed for time.

  • Jandrma says:

    Great tip. Also use some spray on heat protectant to protect the hair.

  • hunnybun says:

    I love Naptural85's method of stretching and pinning the hair around your head so that they dry stretched instead of shrunken but you don;t need any heat.

  • Pennie Cuevas says:

    The other day I stretched my hair using Naptural's method – no heat, overnight. It was the first time I'd stretched my twists, and I didn't like the look. I prefer the bounce that my twist-outs accomplish. I actually didn't even know about stretching your twists!

  • kitka82 says:

    I tried this method on dry hair and it was a fail. My twists shrink a lot when dry, to the point where I can't really stretch them, unless they are very small. Next time I might try a bit of moisture first to get my twists stretchy again. Side note: I love the tension method for my blowouts and to stretch my wash and gos. I have been using this method since April, and I haven't seen any splits since!

  • Anonymous says:

    Sounds like a great and effective technique!

  • Kurlicious83 says:

    Thanks for this article! It was very helpful! And it makes sense and I would save myself from heat damage.

  • Anonymous says:

    I will have to try this method. Did you you use med or low heat?

  • Unknown says:

    @SassyCurls1908 I am so glad you made a point about working out and doing this method because I was just wondering that lol. I will definitely be trying this method today after I workout. Thanks for the tip and thanks Nia for sharing.

  • SassyCurls1908 says:

    I've been doing this for years…I run every morning so I have wet hair every day. When I'm wearing a twist out, I twist at night and use this method after I've run/showered to dry my hair and get awesome length. It sucks when I don't get it completely dry before taking down my twists but otherwise yields a beautiful twist out with length. Didn't realize others weren't aware…Thanks for sharing!

  • felecia says:

    I just put twist in my hair last night and I am wearing them today at work ,but later on tonight I will be trying this for sure. Thanks for the tip!

  • BigHair77 says:

    This is something I'm going to try. it seems simple and effective…Thanks for sharing Nia (and CN)!

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you the information! My hair is so thick and the humidity is not helpful. I will be trying you method to see how my hair holds up.

  • Unknown says:

    I do this! LOL… this is what I've been calling the tension method. If I do it the other way. .. true tension…. my hair won't hold and I'll have too wet again soooo I learned quickly to skip that.

    So fluffy!!

  • 803momof2boyz says:

    I will try this on my twists tomorrow! I hope it works for me because I'm heading to a Curly Nikki meet up tomorrow and my hair has to look good 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    WOW! This is such a great idea. A perfect compromise for those like me who love the stretched & more manageble results of tension blow drying (but our hair HATES it when not done in moderation) AND the texture of twist-outs. Thanks lady 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    I did the tension method for the first time four months ago and loved it. I am now going to use this on my twistouts or braidouts. Thank you so much for this article this really helped me a lot.

    Megan Montgomery

  • blackbird says:

    You clever lady you!

  • leslie says:

    Great article!! I will try it this weekend. 'm going to also try putting it in a low bun as suggested.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks Nia b, you really give out some good tips i really njoy your site.

  • Unknown says:

    Thank you everyone! Let me know if/when you try it how it works! I'm sold!! 😉

    Nia B

  • Ask Nia B says:

    @watkinsabob – I used KBBs Sweet Ambrosia which can be used as a heat protectant when I twisted my hair, so I'd say "yes", use one just to be safe!

  • Candace says:

    I usually blowdry my roots on high speed and low heat AFTER I take my twists out, and after my hair dries with wash n gos as well to stretch it out a bit, and it works like a charm. Keeps the definition, but stretches nicely. I also blowdry with cool air after a night with the satin bonnet on…helps to fluff my hair out and restore it without causing frizz from my hands. The blowdryer is pretty much one of my best friends.

  • watkinsabob says:

    should I use a heat protectant? This doesn't seem like that much heat will be used though.

  • Pecancurls says:

    I have never tried the tension blow dry method, however I am intrigued by that dry stretch method. I will put this on my checklist of things to try.

  • Shiana Denise says:

    That came out really pretty. I'm gonna try that this weekend!

  • Sequitta J. says:

    Nice lil trick! I'll have to try that!

  • Lola says:

    I always use this method to stretch my hair. It does work.

  • LifenotesEncouragement says:

    This is what i do; its much easier and less time consuming than doing it any other way and it works.

  • T Monique says:

    I use the tension method before I Bantu. I love this tutorial and I will definitely try this

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you!!! I will try this

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing. I use the tension method but have never considered leaving the twists in. I will definitely be trying this technique.

  • Anonymous says:

    Great suggestion. I'll be trying that this weekend also

  • Anonymous says:

    This is the article that I needed, because when I blow dried then twisted the twist out didn't have the definition that I wanted. This way of doing the tension method while in twist seems faster & I think I will get the definition I want. Thanks so much for the article.

    Brooke B.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the article. I will be trying this method this weekend.

    Kimmy C

  • Nikki says:

    I always do this to extend the length. I also pull my hair and blow out the roots a little bit it makes it have alot of body without messing up my curl pattern.

  • Abstract says:

    Thanks for sharing Nia! My fine hair is not very fond of heat, but like you mentioned, since it air dries overnight I wouldn't need to use that much heat the next day so maybe I will check it out. Also, thank you Anon 10:26. I also will try that as well when I want to stretch more.

  • Anonymous says:

    I've tried this and love the results.

    A heatless tip for stretching your twists: When your twists are about 80 to 85% dry; pull all of your twists back into a low ponytail and allow them to finish drying. Its something i do when I want to avoid using the blow dryer.

  • momsoffour says:

    Thanks so much for this article. In order to stretch my hair, I would twist it while wet then re-twist once dry. So very time consuming. I will be trying this today. I washed and twisted my hair last night and was beginning to re-twist. So glad I read this article…

  • Alicia Wilson says:

    Thanks for sharing this with us. I was just asking how to get twists to stay straight and not curl up or shrink so much. Do you use medium heat or cool??

  • Stephanie says:

    That's a great idea. I usually suffer with a twisted style for a few days bc it takes so long for my hair to dry. I'm so self concious about my hurr I usually hide it in a scarf or beanie. I don't use my dry but a few times a year either but I'd be willing to sit under the hooded dryer and then use the tension method.

  • Curly G.R.I.T.S. says:

    This is a great idea. I'm going out with the DH and some friends this weekend…gonna try it out and see how it works. Thanks for sharing.

  • crimsonpeach says:

    I will so be trying this method. I have to keep my hair twisted to prevent knots and tangles so I never attempted the tension blow dry. This method will fit right into my routine. Thanks!

  • Anonymous says:

    Duh,I figured that one out. It made sense because with the hair twisted it kept everything in control. The other way seems to me to turn it into an "Angela Davis" afro.

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