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Grow Hair Technique "Branding" Hair Instead Of Using Heat
Banding process will stretch the hair naturally vs using heat that will/can result in damaging the hair.
Why do you band A's hair?
I band A's hair because it's easier for me to style stretched hair and from my experience, the final result looks better after being styled on stretched hair. Some people choose to blow dry instead, but I want to stay away from heat as much as possible. After banding A's hair, she has little to no tangles so when I'm styling her hair I don't have to stop to remove knots. This speeds up the process, minimizes breakage and, I believe, helps A retain length.
Do you always band A's hair?
No. It depends on what style I have in mind. I almost always band A's hair before doing cornrows, sister twists and box braids. I prefer for her hair to be wet/damp if I'm doing regular two strand twists all over, twist outs and braid outs, to name a few.
How do you band A's hair?
I use cloth covered ponytail holders. They are not all created equal. I tried a different brand last Summer and they caused breakage so I stick with the ones pictured below. After washing and detangling A's hair, I grab a section of hair, add a moisturizer (usually Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer)**, put a band/ponytail holder at the base and from there I begin spacing the ponytail holders half inch to an inch apart. I usually do between 3-6 sections on wet/damp hair but I recently did up to 12.
The closer you put the bands, the more stretched the hair will be, also, the more sections you do, the more stretched the hair will be. This is completely up to you. I leave the bands in overnight. I also braid the ends that are left out of the bands.
This style can be wore later, you be the judge on how many days, if it is me, no more than 2-days.
Does banding cause breakage?
For A? No. Like I said, I believe it helps her retain length since her hair is stretched out and tangle free. As previously mentioned, not all ponytail holders are created equal so you have to be careful about which ones you use.
Use: Faded Glory Brands and goody Ouchless Brands.
DO not use RUBBER BANDS
I have bought from a local dollar store the results were they broke her hair off.
Be sure to moisturizer the hair prior to banding. Also, be careful when removing bands and make sure you don't make them too tight.
Do I have to band?
Not at all. There are several different methods people use to stretch the hair. You can do single braids or twists, cornrows, etc. I do 6 single braids once in a while but I find banding works best. When I try other methods her hair usually still has quite a few tangles.
Well, duh. People tend to forget how important moisturizing the hair is. It’s easy to moisturize one time then forget about until the next wash day, especially during these Winter months. I strongly suggest a daily moisturizing regimen. Focus on the edges, nape of the neck and the ends.
My favorite moisturizer for my daughter (or holy grail, as we like to call it) is Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer (use discount code: BBB14FALL for 15% off or you can purchase on Amazon). Been using this product for years and it has never failed me. Don’t forget to seal the moisture in with an oil. I like Extra Virgin Coconut Oil or Olive Oil.
I use products with Wheatgrass included, it has made my hair grow.