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Old 01-26-2011, 04:56 PM   #1
 
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Default my natural hair is annoying me !!! i want it to show its length !!!

its like every style ive tried leads back to a little hrinked puff . ive tried flat twist outs, braids out , and attempted a bantu knot out but they were kind of small , and it like it just kepps shrinking back . i need hair suggestion !!! but no heat , ive been there and not tryna go back . when stretched my hair is between my armpit and shoulder length , but due to shrinkage its a super small puff , even with flat twist outs , i do about 16-21 . and for some reason my twist outs dont come out like other peoples do , like its not really crinkly , its more just alittle loosened and defined coils (if that makes sense)

the only time i got results that i liked was when i straightened my hair first then twisted out, then it showed some pretty nice length . but like i said before , i dont like heat . so now i just dont know what to do!
what do you guys suggest ??
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:31 PM   #2
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its like every style ive tried leads back to a little hrinked puff . ive tried flat twist outs, braids out , and attempted a bantu knot out but they were kind of small , and it like it just kepps shrinking back . i need hair suggestion !!! but no heat , ive been there and not tryna go back . when stretched my hair is between my armpit and shoulder length , but due to shrinkage its a super small puff , even with flat twist outs , i do about 16-21 . and for some reason my twist outs dont come out like other peoples do , like its not really crinkly , its more just alittle loosened and defined coils (if that makes sense)

the only time i got results that i liked was when i straightened my hair first then twisted out, then it showed some pretty nice length . but like i said before , i dont like heat . so now i just dont know what to do!
what do you guys suggest ??
A great heat free way to straighten out your hair is to wrap satin ribbons around sections as if you were doing African threading. You wrap the ribbons around your hair at close intervals from root to tip.

You may want to go to Youtube and check out some videos on African threading. I prefer to use satin ribbons instead of thread because it is less damaging to the hair.

Hope that helps
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i stretch my hair with a blowdryer on cool, if that helps. i still use heat protectant. stretching my hair with heat has been the best way to show length with -out styles and stop shrinkage. ♥
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:51 PM   #4
 
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Try a roller set then doing the stretched style.
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Old 01-29-2011, 07:02 PM   #5
 
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Have you given any thought to the fact that not everyone is meant to have back or butt length hair?

I don't see how natural 4b, 4c hair can lie on your back or butt.

That's fine though, not everyone in the world is meant to have this type of hair, just like everyone does not have the same skin color, same eyes, same body shape, etc. etc. etc.

What's wrong with puffy hair? Not trying to incite trouble at all. Just thinking that maybe you should accept what you have and not focus so much on length.

Lots of people focus on length and not everyone will have the same outcome. It's a little futile if you ask me....self-defeating..
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:56 AM   #6
 
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You hair will show more length if you style it on dry hair. I do twists on dry hair on occasion because I want to see the length.

Now the problem is that dry hair is a lot harder to style, so I do banding beforehand. If you're interested, I just did 2 videos on it:

YouTube - Banded Hair Tutorial Part 1
YouTube - Banded Hair Tutorial Part 2
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Old 01-30-2011, 09:51 AM   #7
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I stumbled across this channel one day: YouTube - NaturalHairGrowth101's Channel

Perhaps, you can take a few tips from her as well.
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Old 01-30-2011, 12:06 PM   #8
 
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I've been having this same problem lately. Can't wait to try some of these great tips!

@Curlcraze4: My cousin has mid back length 4b/c hair and when she stretches it by using the banding technique it lies on her back.

And, she hasn't said anything about wanting butt length hair. All she wants is for her hair to stop shrinking so much.If you've got the the length, what's wrong with wanting to flaunt it? There's nothing wrong with puffy hair but sometimes you want to change it up bit. Besides, it's best to keep 4b/c hair stretched out because it prevents tangles and matting. (At least that's what all the super long haired 4b/c women say like Naturalhairgrowth01 on youtube.)
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Old 01-30-2011, 12:38 PM   #9
 
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I have the same problem. I BC'd on January 17, 2011 and I've tried two strand twist twice and it was nothing like the youtube videos I've seen. It was frizzy and it just did not look good. I know one of my problems is that I am still seaching for the right products that will keep my hair moist and soft.
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i stretch my hair with a blowdryer on cool, if that helps. i still use heat protectant. stretching my hair with heat has been the best way to show length with -out styles and stop shrinkage. ♥
Your hair is gorgeous. Is the curl pattern in your picture your natural curl pattern or is it from a twist out? What type of heat protectant do you use?
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I've been having this same problem lately. Can't wait to try some of these great tips!

@Curlcraze4: My cousin has mid back length 4b/c hair and when she stretches it by using the banding technique it lies on her back.

And, she hasn't said anything about wanting butt length hair. All she wants is for her hair to stop shrinking so much.If you've got the the length, what's wrong with wanting to flaunt it? There's nothing wrong with puffy hair but sometimes you want to change it up bit. Besides, it's best to keep 4b/c hair stretched out because it prevents tangles and matting. (At least that's what all the super long haired 4b/c women say like Naturalhairgrowth01 on youtube.)
Oh, ok. My bad. I don't know much about 4b/c hair and I guess I just showed my ignorance. :-)

Happy stretching then!
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You hair will show more length if you style it on dry hair. I do twists on dry hair on occasion because I want to see the length.

Now the problem is that dry hair is a lot harder to style, so I do banding beforehand. If you're interested, I just did 2 videos on it:

YouTube - Banded Hair Tutorial Part 1
YouTube - Banded Hair Tutorial Part 2
I have this same problem but I just do not want to take the time to do all that banding! Just lazy and impatient. So I blowdry on cool too. To be honest I don't like that either and don't know what to do but I'm new to this.
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its like every style ive tried leads back to a little hrinked puff . ive tried flat twist outs, braids out , and attempted a bantu knot out but they were kind of small , and it like it just kepps shrinking back . i need hair suggestion !!! but no heat , ive been there and not tryna go back . when stretched my hair is between my armpit and shoulder length , but due to shrinkage its a super small puff , even with flat twist outs , i do about 16-21 . and for some reason my twist outs dont come out like other peoples do , like its not really crinkly , its more just alittle loosened and defined coils (if that makes sense)

the only time i got results that i liked was when i straightened my hair first then twisted out, then it showed some pretty nice length . but like i said before , i dont like heat . so now i just dont know what to do!
what do you guys suggest ??
A great heat free way to straighten out your hair is to wrap satin ribbons around sections as if you were doing African threading. You wrap the ribbons around your hair at close intervals from root to tip.

You may want to go to Youtube and check out some videos on African threading. I prefer to use satin ribbons instead of thread because it is less damaging to the hair.

Hope that helps
I will have to check this out, if it takes less time than banding then I will have to try this!
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its like every style ive tried leads back to a little hrinked puff . ive tried flat twist outs, braids out , and attempted a bantu knot out but they were kind of small , and it like it just kepps shrinking back . i need hair suggestion !!! but no heat , ive been there and not tryna go back . when stretched my hair is between my armpit and shoulder length , but due to shrinkage its a super small puff , even with flat twist outs , i do about 16-21 . and for some reason my twist outs dont come out like other peoples do , like its not really crinkly , its more just alittle loosened and defined coils (if that makes sense)

the only time i got results that i liked was when i straightened my hair first then twisted out, then it showed some pretty nice length . but like i said before , i dont like heat . so now i just dont know what to do!
what do you guys suggest ??
A great heat free way to straighten out your hair is to wrap satin ribbons around sections as if you were doing African threading. You wrap the ribbons around your hair at close intervals from root to tip.

You may want to go to Youtube and check out some videos on African threading. I prefer to use satin ribbons instead of thread because it is less damaging to the hair.

Hope that helps
I will have to check this out, if it takes less time than banding then I will have to try this!
The Satin ribbon method takes longer than banding but it produces a straighter, smoother set. When hair is banded it normally looks as if it has been blow dried straight, but the satin ribbon method makes hair look as if it has been pressed straight. The cuticles are flattened down by the satin ribbons making the hair look more shinier as it reflects the light. The flattened cuticles also allows the hair to retain moisture for longer.

Banding is a lot more quicker than the satin ribbon method because with the satin ribbon method you have to ensure that each part of the hair is wrapped within the ribbon.
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You hair will show more length if you style it on dry hair. I do twists on dry hair on occasion because I want to see the length.

Now the problem is that dry hair is a lot harder to style, so I do banding beforehand. If you're interested, I just did 2 videos on it:

YouTube - Banded Hair Tutorial Part 1
YouTube - Banded Hair Tutorial Part 2
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You hair will show more length if you style it on dry hair. I do twists on dry hair on occasion because I want to see the length.

Now the problem is that dry hair is a lot harder to style, so I do banding beforehand. If you're interested, I just did 2 videos on it:

YouTube - Banded Hair Tutorial Part 1
YouTube - Banded Hair Tutorial Part 2
i second this. as long as its dry and stretched when you begin to style, it has better chances of going in a downward direction. ♥
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i stretch my hair with a blowdryer on cool, if that helps. i still use heat protectant. stretching my hair with heat has been the best way to show length with -out styles and stop shrinkage. ♥
Your hair is gorgeous. Is the curl pattern in your picture your natural curl pattern or is it from a twist out? What type of heat protectant do you use?
i'm a 4a and the style in my siggy is from a flat twistout done on dry hair.

as far as heat protectants go, i use John Frieda Heat Defeat and Silk Elements Megasilk Heat Spray. ♥
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