Banding is a great technique to stretch out natural hair, simply by using bands to extend the hair, preventing it from shrinking up. I just recently did this and found it to be pretty neat. I’ve heard some people do this instead of blowdrying the hair prior to flatironing. It also can be used to create a stretched afro or puff.
You do lose some of your texture with this technique and it also gives the hair a more wavy appearance due to the band imprint. Here is how I did mine.
- Cowashed and Deep Conditioned
- Detangled with wide toothed comb after DC
- Rinsed DC out after one hour
- Took medium sized sections, apply liberal amount of leave in conditioner, and detangled each gently with the denman
- Banded each section starting at the root, smoothing the hair downward as I wrap the band around the section
- Let air dry overnight
- Remove bands very carefully
I will probably do things differently next time. I was a bad, bad, bad girl to use the bands with the metal on them. Please do not do this, I got the wrong kind at the store and just went ahead and used them. Know that I was having to go ever so slowly when removing these and I did notice some broken hairs.
Some people use rubber bands, but I would be afraid to use these. Rubber bands can be cut off though instead of pulled off. I think the best type to use are the Goody Ouchless Bands (no metal).
I will probably do smaller sections next time as well, as I think you get more of a stretch this way.
I did like the results and more than likely will try this again when I need to do dry twists or a bun. My hair was detangled and stayed that way because the hair was unable to curl back on itself. I could definitly see this as a way of preventing knots and tangles.
I found a pretty good tutorial on this on youtube. Below is the first one (she has a few on this subject) if you’re interested:
Here are some of my pictures. I played around with a lot after it was dry.