Banding

by kcurly on January 22, 2009

in Banding,Styling,Tutorials

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.

Banded hair, almost dry

Banded hair, almost dry

Banded Hair-the back

Banded Hair-the back

Right after removing bands

Right after removing bands

The back after removing bands

The back after removing bands

With a thin headband

With a thin headband

Puff

Puff

Stretched fro

Stretched fro

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  • http://themonotonouslife.com SA

    How cute. I have never heard of banding before. I think I might try this soon.

  • Moni

    Cute! I was actually considering banding my hair earlier today, but wasn’t sure if my hair was long enough to try it yet. My hair is a little shorter than yours, so I think I’ll try this when I wash my hair tomorrow.

  • http://bronzetrinity.blogspot.com Bronze Trinity

    Thanks for doing this and finding the tutorial video. This is something I’m sure I’m going to try in the future after I chop off my relaxed hair.

  • http://www.textureplayground.com/blog Fleurzty

    I did this a lot when my hair was shorter. It worked well for me. I can send some pictures your way if you’d like :)
    I love your puff. Your hair is thriving!

  • Gia

    wow. very cute. never heard of this before. i like the results. I need another 3 inches before I can try though…

  • kim

    DID MY 1ST BANDING OVER THE WEEKEND, I CANNOT BELIEVE THE GROWTH OF MY HAIR. I ACTUALLY HAVE A PUFF, I’M LOVING MY HAIR EVEN MORE. I CO-WASH, DC AND ACV FOR MY FINAL RINSE. MY HAIR FEELS SOFT AND IT WAS SO EASY TO COMB OUT…..KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK ON GIVING US INFO ON HAVING BEAUTIFUL, NATURAL HAIR.

  • Moni

    I also did my first banding over the weekend, but I have to say that I’m not in love (yet?). My ends were definitely drier than when I re-twist my hair while wet. Other than banding my hair, I did everything else the same (leave-in, moisturizer, vatika oil), so I don’t know what went wrong. Any advice?

  • http://newlynatural.com kcurly

    Moni, what kind of bands did you use? I find those scrunchi terry bands kind of drying. Also try soaking the bands in oil or conditioner before hand, I imagine that any band has the potential to suck up moisture. Hope that helps!

  • http://public.fotki.com/Bri-Is-Natural/ Bridget

    Hi Ladies,

    I love the way your puff looks. I just did my BC and I’m just looking for other natural women to share my experience with hear. Here is a link to my photos.

    “http://public.fotki.com/Bri-Is-Natural/”

    Please share your comments and experiences.

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  • Lena

    I did banding for the first time Tuesday night and I am in love!!!! My hair was HUGE, just beautiful. I went to the gym and put it in a puff…very large puff, so much fun!!! I have one question: do I have to band every night to keep the bigness/fullness/wonderfulness???? Thanks

  • http://newlynatural.com kcurly

    Lena, I have found with banding that your hair may still shrink as it does with any stretching of the hair. But usually I don’t have to band every night.

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