Stretching Hair Without Heat–FAIL!

Happy Tuesday Coily Clan!

I ended up washing my hair this past Sunday. It really needed it.


Now typically on wash day, I follow up with a blow dry or my go-to method of stretching my hair.

But this Sunday I wanted to try something different. Truthfully I was just being lazy Lol!


So after I washed and deep conditioned my hair, I applied my moisturizer (review coming soon) and began flat twisting my soaking wet hair against my head.

That’s right guys, I didn’t even try to wring out the excess water, smh.

I did a total of 6 twists. 2 in the back and 2 on each side of my head. I then bobby-pinned each twist on the opposite side of my head, in hopes that it would dry in that stretched state. I threw on a scarf and a bonnet and just like that I was done with wash day.


Now once again being a lazy natural, I kept those twist in until this morning (2days).

Fast forward to me undoing the twist- I was not too pleased with the outcome.


Maybe it is because I have received a better stretch from my usual go-to methods.

I do like that my roots are pretty straight.

I guess this will work out okay for a high puff. I do not think I would attempt to stretch my hair this way again.


What do you guys think?

How do you stretch your hair without using heat?

Let me know below!


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  1. If your hair is thick, you can let them air dry before going to bed. I don’t mind leaving the twist in for work as I prefer my hair off my face. So I end up making a protective style for the week and let them loose on the weekends

  2. I even flat twist them in the shower after the final rinse. With the oils and leave in conditioner

    1. I have to try that. Maybe I didn’t leave my flat twist in long enough

  3. I use the two strand twist and flat twist to stretch my hair. It works!

    1. Two strand twist works best for me. Do you do your flat twist on wet hair or just damp?

      1. Both and I let it dry for two days or even a week. Before letting them loose.

  4. African threading is the best heatless method Alayshasw11👍

    1. I have never tried that method. I hear it works wonders. I’ll try it. Thank you!

  5. I do the African threading method or Bantu knots on 2 strand twists

    1. Bantu knots work great! I have not tried African threading yet

  6. African threading stretches it quite well and it is easy to manipulate as well.

    1. I have heard of that. I will give that a try. Thank you

  7. I’ve tried this way before but just with damp hair, it didn’t come out exactly as planned. I’ve also tried double strand twist and then pinning it on the other side with a bobby pin, didn’t work as I expected. Lol
    Recently got advise for another naturalists to put rubber bands down the twist to help with stretching so I’ll try that next time.

    1. I have heard of that method. I want to try it. I didnt like the stretch i got from the flat twist but thats what i get for being lazy lol

  8. Two-strand twists work best for me, but I like flat twists because I complete them faster.

    1. Yes i usually do two-strand twist. But being lazy and wanting to get done faster i tried flat twisting lol. Do you like the stretch you get with flat twists?

      1. I do, which makes it a great option when I’m pressed for time. I definitely prefer the stretch I get with two-strand twists though.

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