stretching natural hair
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Stretching Natural Hair without Heat Using SSS Plates

stretching natural hair without heat

If your hair is very kinky, you’ll find that if you keep it in a more stretched state, tangles will be greatly minimized. The key is to stretch natural hair without using heat.

On the other hand, when you stretch your hair regularly you put it at risk for breakage, especially if it’s fine hair already prone to breakage due to its fragile nature.

So, while I don’t recommend stretching your hair all of the time, it’s a good option to stretch natural hair without heat when you want to wear an elongated hair style and sport a little length.

About a year ago, I purchased those hair stretching plates you may have seen on Instagram. They are called the SSS Plates and they are from @CWKGirls (their name on Instagram).

I’ve only used these stretching plates a couple of times on my hair and the very first time I didn’t let my hair all the way. The second time, I did and got excellent results. Check out this video:

These plates can be a little heavy when you install them. That’s why I recommend leaving a little room at the scalp so that they aren’t too tight. Plus, be prepared for a lengthy drying session if you don’t sit under a dryer. I’ve eliminated unnecessary use of heat from my hair care routine so I opted to air dry. 5 hours later…

As you can see from the video, I got a nice stretch and I used my stretched hair as a base to do a bantu knot out. Initially I was going to do a twist out but I decided to give the bantu knot out a try since I can only do it on stretched hair. Results were fabulous.

stretching natural hair

Who knows when I’ll stretch my fine natural hair without heat again!

Have you previously heard of the CWK Girls SSS Plates? Would you use them?


Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

6 Comment

  1. Wow! You are seriously inspiring me to get myself a set of these CWKGirls SSS plates! I love how your bantu knot out came out! #soGORGEOUS #slaaaaaay lol 😀

  2. Those curls are beautiful, Michelle! I think the first time I saw the SSS plates was over at Relaxed Thairapy. I considered getting some for my daughter, but she rarely wears her hair straight these days.

    Looks like you had awesome results. And your hair is so long and healthy! Man, shrinkage is a trip.

    1. Thanks girl! I’m being super careful with my hair. It’s finally getting down to the next level. It doesn’t seem to grow as fast as most people but I’ll take what I can get!

      I need to check out Relaxed hair therapy….even though I’m not relaxed lol

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