3 Best Methods to Stretch Fine Natural Hair In OR For Twists

Medium/Large Twists

In a previous post I shared three Go To Summer Hairstyles. The basis of these three styles is using twists to incorporate wearing your hair in a protective style or allowing your curls to be loose but out of your face.

The methods below will either help you to stretch your fine natural hair while in twists for a near future twist out OR so that you get a nice stretch of your hair without losing the volume so you can create plump elongated twists as your style. Nobody wants puny looking twists!

Before you read on, you may be wondering if banding is one of the methods. It is not. Don’t get me wrong, I love banding as a means for stretching natural hair. The problem is, the banding method can also remove a lot of your curl patten and hence some of your volume. That’s just completely against fine natural hair.

If you only want to rock your twists without releasing them for a twist out at some point, then banding may still be an option. Just be sure to band the twists loosely with some spacing between the bands. Otherwise, they may come out looking too straight for twists when what we like to see is some heavenly plumpness! Now, onto the 3 methods I recommend for stretching fine natural hair to prep for twists or while in twists.

To prep your hair for styling twists that are plump but also elongated, check out the last two methods. If you want to stretch your hair in  twists for a twist out, we are going to aim for stretching in 6 twists. For those with a looser curl pattern, you can ignore the second method.

Stretch the Twists in a Bun (or two) – Tie your hair down while it dries for smoother roots.

twists in a bun
Use more twists for more stretch

Tension Blow Dry with Cold Air – No heat is involved because you’ll have your dryer set to cold. Basically cold air will blow to dry your hair while you are putting the tension on it to give it a bit of stretch. This method takes longer but is just as effective. Once your hair is about 95% dry, twist and then allow it to continue drying in the twists.

Tension Blow Dry with Cold Air

Prep hair with Bantu Knots – Smaller ones will yield more stretch but medium sized ones will allow you to retain some volume. You can also twist your hair but then wrap the twists in bantu knots.

prepoo'd hair in bantu kots
Allow hair to stretch in bantu knots

A note for those with fine hair but lots of density. You may want to do more than six twists. That’s A OK. In this case, the tension cold blow dry method will be your most effective method of stretching to prep for those twists.

Remember, you’re going for stretch not straight.

A Prayer for Our Hair:

Heavenly Father, thank you for the beauty of our hair in all its textures and colors. Please help us to embrace our hair as it grows from our heads. In Jesus Name. Amen.


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Michelle Smith

Michelle is a Christian natural hair enthusiast. She's been natural for 20+ years and shares natural hair care tips and easy hairstyles for those with low density or thin fine natural hair. It's her joy to inspire you to live by faith in God while caring for your "crown."

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  1. Nsae_nsae

    My go to is similar to your first method. But instead of( in a bun) I just wrap the twist around my head and pin it. When its dry it gives me a Long Spiral Effect!

    Bantu knot+heavier products= streched coils. HAHAHA! U get me with this streched coils?! Its like a coil but the strand is streched. Hhhhhh

    I haven’t tried the cold blow dry , but why do I feel it will give me the Lion king poof effect! SIIMBAA WR YA AT SON!
    but girl I’d still rock it 😉

    xoxo ♡

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