Technique Tuesdays – A look into some old and new techniques used on Natural Hair.
Banding is a ‘shrink fighting’ natural hair technique. No, I haven’t tried it even though I’ve hinted around to doing it in earlier posts. I don’t fight my shrinkage but rather embrace it. Had a disturbing discussion with hubby on the growth of my hair and had to pull on some of my strands to show him my length. I guess since I know it’s long that I assumed everyone else did too. I may be trying this in the near future to shut some folks up!
I digress. What I would first like to mention is the loss of some of your texture by doing this method. So, if you are more concerned with texture you may want to sit this one out or practice it on an evening or day you plan on hanging around the house so you can see if you like the results.
It’s best to wash/co-wash and deep condition as usual.
Apply your leave in conditioner liberally and comb or brush out (carefully) your hair into the desired sections to band. Medium sized sections are recommended.
Place the initial bands closest to the roots. PLEASE USE NON-METAL BANDS!! Rubber bands aren’t good either.
Some leave just that one band at the roots but just like the pic above you can place a few more bands down the length of the sectioned ponytail. This allows the curls to stay in place.
Air dry overnight but no direct heat should be applied. I’m on a NO HEAT mission now.
Carefully remove bands and style accordingly. Whenever I decide to do this style I’ll show off the results. It sounds pretty easy and maybe a great way to deal with shrinkage without heat. If you give it a try give me a holla and I’ll show your proud pics.