How to keep 4c hair stretched?

ThinkerbellThinkerbell Registered Users Posts: 2
Does anyone out there know how to keep 4c hair stretched? I mean stretched for at least 5-7 days.
Also, do you think it's a bad idea for me to use Care Free Curl Gold to moisturize twist outs? That speeds up the hair shrinking, no?

Background: I detangle my hair, then wash and put in twists. I use Qhemet Hydrate and Twist Butter and it works nicely. I take down the twists and wear that as a hairstyle. By the end of the week, my hair is shrunken and therefore tangled. If I could somehow lock my hair into its stretched state, I would have far less tangles and detangling would be easier.

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  • curlicious13curlicious13 Registered Users Posts: 1,632 Curl Neophyte
    I saw how banding can help keep hair stretched.
  • JydalJydal Registered Users Posts: 178
    Plait hair nightly to keep it stretched.
  • ThinkerbellThinkerbell Registered Users Posts: 2
    Jydal wrote: »
    Plait hair nightly to keep it stretched.

    I REALLY didn't want to do this but I have it a shot. I took 30 mins each night to braid my hair in sections. At the end of the week, I hoped detangling would be quicker. Nope still took me 2 hours. I am trying everything to cut down on this detangling time.
  • exclusivelykexclusivelyk Registered Users Posts: 22
    For me... I do Twistout every not it every other night.. But when I want it to stay stretched, I braid my hair in sections every night

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  • dixygirldixygirl Banned Users Posts: 279
    You really will have to do something to it to stretch it every night or you will get tangles and severe shrinkage. You could use curlformers the first night and progressively stretch it into larger sections of buns each night with more oil rich pudding to get it progressively sleeker.
  • adthomasadthomas Registered Users Posts: 5,525 Curl Neophyte
    I think you should try detangling after you wash to make sure there are no tangles before you twist. What are you doing to your twistouts at night? Sleeping with my hair loose would make it smushed and tangled.
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  • CoifedCoilsCoifedCoils Registered Users Posts: 31
    I usually bun mine, but if your hair isn't long enough you'll probably have to braid it at night or retwist. You could try more than one bun or pony...I didn't try this when my hair was shorter, but I think I remember someone on YT doing it.
  • So_JaneSo_Jane Registered Users Posts: 155
    Does anyone out there know how to keep 4c hair stretched? I mean stretched for at least 5-7 days.
    Also, do you think it's a bad idea for me to use Care Free Curl Gold to moisturize twist outs? That speeds up the hair shrinking, no?

    Background: I detangle my hair, then wash and put in twists. I use Qhemet Hydrate and Twist Butter and it works nicely. I take down the twists and wear that as a hairstyle. By the end of the week, my hair is shrunken and therefore tangled. If I could somehow lock my hair into its stretched state, I would have far less tangles and detangling would be easier.

    After you detangle and apply leave-in, have you ever tried 'setting' your twists with homemade flax gel?? or okra gel??

    It might help if the foundation of your twists have a little hold to keep them in place... But, the only other thing I can think of is to twist/plait nightly and sleep on a silk pillowcase OR cover hair with sleep bonnet or silk scarf or sleep bonnet to minimize any impact of movement during sleep.

    HTH!
    'Poo: Aubrey Organics or Suave Clarifying
    or Liquid African Black Soap (only 4-ingredients ; awesome!)
    Co-Wash: Aubrey Organics or Suave Condish
    Condish: Aubrey Organics or Onion Mask or Yogurt
    DT: Honey + Olive Oil + AO Condish or Yogurt mix
    ---
    Best Gel Combo, Ever!: Elasta Qp Feels Like Silk Liquid Gel +/under Eco Styler [Krystal, Brown] Gel (or under Wetline Extreme Styling Gel)- awesome!!
  • secret_karmasecret_karma Registered Users Posts: 438
    I agree with using a gel. The combo that works best for me is to use a butter (no shea butter for me though b/c I'm low porosity) followed by a gel for hold. I go to bed with my hair loose and sleep on a satin pillowcase and in the morning I add moisturizer and oil to my hair in 3-4 sections and bun each section and secure with a Goody's hair band. After about an hour, I just take down the bands, fluff and go and my hair is stretched and moisturized. The bunning/moisturizing process takes about 5 minutes or less each morning.
  • MIA1487MIA1487 Registered Users Posts: 85 Curl Neophyte
    for the past 3 months i've been braiding and unbraiding(i have been keeping my hair in a braidout) But i don't detangle everytime i unbraid, nor do i separate the parts(so i can easily find them and part it the same way at night).
    So after your wash,condition, towel/shirt dry etc. either blow dry your hair using a heat protectant over your fav water base leave in(I've been doing this lately to reduce the need to detangle and hair breakage, for me this is good since i only wash my hair 2 times a month(so i only blowdry 2 times a month, haven't had damage yet) or air dry in braids(air dry takes WAY to long for me since my hair is thick and long, but if you have shorter thinner hair this would be the better option imo)

    When the hair is dry I add kinky curly knot today first, then oil (jojoba oil) to the hair. Then i sleep in that overnight.
    When i wake up i soak my ends that I know will be touching my shirt(so that's like 5-6inches of hair in oil (jojoba oil again) because I wear my hair out everyday(so this soaking prevents my hair from breaking on my cotton shirts or when i decide to put it back with a headband.
    Then I unbraid the hair and style as desired (making sure not to disturb the parts made by the braids so it can be easy to rebraid without combing at night)
    For me this moisture last all day, and my hair absorbs the jojoba oil making it not very greasy but still moisturized. I have 4b/4c hair though I'm told I have 4a/4b which i dont agree with. So when i get home before bed, I rebraid then i add kinky curly knot today again on braids and dab in jojoba oil again

    The reason I do this is because neither of these products are water base keeping my hair stretched and moisturized.

    ALso i NEVER add oil to my scalp! NEVER, i found out a while back when my scalp itches that means it is dirty/clogged and needs to be washed. This only happens when i apply oil to my hair, it doesn't take long for me to feel the itch after applying the oil either. So if i do add oil to my scalp, it's only right before I decide to wash my hair.
  • So_JaneSo_Jane Registered Users Posts: 155
    Does anyone out there know how to keep 4c hair stretched? I mean stretched for at least 5-7 days.
    Also, do you think it's a bad idea for me to use Care Free Curl Gold to moisturize twist outs? That speeds up the hair shrinking, no?

    Background: I detangle my hair, then wash and put in twists. I use Qhemet Hydrate and Twist Butter and it works nicely. I take down the twists and wear that as a hairstyle. By the end of the week, my hair is shrunken and therefore tangled. If I could somehow lock my hair into its stretched state, I would have far less tangles and detangling would be easier.

    the only thing I can think of is to plait hair at night in 10-15 twists to counter shrinkage for longer styling periods.

    hth!
    'Poo: Aubrey Organics or Suave Clarifying
    or Liquid African Black Soap (only 4-ingredients ; awesome!)
    Co-Wash: Aubrey Organics or Suave Condish
    Condish: Aubrey Organics or Onion Mask or Yogurt
    DT: Honey + Olive Oil + AO Condish or Yogurt mix
    ---
    Best Gel Combo, Ever!: Elasta Qp Feels Like Silk Liquid Gel +/under Eco Styler [Krystal, Brown] Gel (or under Wetline Extreme Styling Gel)- awesome!!

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