Posted on Aug 19, 2016

Let’s have a natural hair #truth moment: The diverse ways us naturalistas like to wear our hair can honestly be hindered from shrinkage. While hair-stretching techniques have saturated the natural hair conversation, helping us achieve our hairstyle goals, there are still many naturalistas who don’t know where to begin.

We’re going to break down how you can easily fight shrinkage, and get amazing results with  our Au Naturale products.

Step 1: Know Your Curl Type

The first step to fighting shrinkage is understanding your curl type. Once you’ve figured out your curl pattern, you can then figure out how to accurately stretch your hair and the products best for you.

Step 2: Get the Right Products

Women with tightly coiled, 4A to 4C hair will see effective stretching results with the Au Naturale Coil Moisturizing Soufflé. After applying the product, your best bet is to create large sections of two-strand twists and let your hair dry fully. Extend your roots with a blow dryer for added volume!

If you are rocking a defined 3A to 3C curl, using the Au Naturale Curl Defining Crème Glaze to two-strand twist your hair in large sections. This will define your curl pattern even more and achieve optimum length.

A looser curl, like a 2C pattern, will see stretched out curls with the Au Naturale Easy Twist Gel ‘N’ Butter. You’ll want to section your hair and add the gel in evenly. Afterwards, pull your hair back with a headband, and allow your hair to dry fully.  They can also achieve well-defined 2 strand twist outs, using this product.

Step 3: Play Around with Stretching Styles

From bunning, to banding to classic braiding, you can easily choose the best technique to stretch your hair and fight shrinkage.

  • Bunning is all about pulling that hair up or back, and stretching those roots, as you put your hair into a bun.
  • Banding is a much more tedious process to fighting shrinkage, but the process is well worth the time.
  • Finally, braiding your hair will help stretch your hair length, the easy way, and create a more defined pattern.

Naturalistas, don’t be afraid to play around with different techniques to find your best anti-shrinkage style and head over to our product page to get everything you need to achieve your hair style and stretched hair goals.

Let us know how you fight anti-shrinkage!