Shrinkage is real thing and one common way of stretching hair is by using heat. However this can leave it damaged if done over a period of time.
Two-strand twistsThis is the most used and easiest method. It’s easier to do this when hair is wet. Take a section of your hair and divide it into two, then twist the strands to the ends, repeat this unti your whole head is covered in mini twists.
African threadingThis has been a favourite for years and many use it as a protective style. It can be done with any thread. The process includes wrapping sections of your hair from the roots all the way to the ends. It is considered more effective than the twists but can be uncomfortabe to sleep with.
BandingTo get extra stretch, do two strand twists prior to banding sections of your hair. Take wet sections of the hair and tie with rubber bands, let it dry overnight before removing the bands. Results? A beautiful blow out without the hairdryer.
BunsBuns work for those with long hair, however it can be a bit of a challenge. One easy way to do is to work in sections. Divide your hair into 2-4 sections and work section by section adding hair to your pony bit by bit. Apply a heavy butter to keep it smooth and wear a satin scarf to bed. Your bun will look sleek and the edges will be laid down perfectly in the morning.
Double stretchingIf a maximum stretch is what you’re looking for then this method will work best. Choose two methods that work for your hair. It could be a two strand twist and threading, or using perm rods on the ends of your twists. This will result in an ultimate stretch. Also keep in mind that stretching methods create manipulation to the hair, ensure that this is not done as you can experience a lot of breakage.