Bands A Make Her...................... Hair Stretch.

Bands... #noJuicyJ

As ya'll know, I surrendered to the Chunky Braid Challenge. In lieu, I opted for protective low-manipulation styling this week -- a basic, basic, baaaaaaaaaaaaasic bun.

I am straying away from my banana clip bun (for now), because the ones I have literally snap in half when i try to stick my hair in it. I am by no means complaining, but trying to get my hair to stay in that two-bit contraption had become a pain in the kituckus. I am currently in search of the type of banana clip that is immovably fastened at one end. I believe they sell them at Sally's, I just haven't had the chance to go (Target, Walgreens, and CVS, you have failed me.)

To make my basic bun a success, I adopted the banding method of keeping my hair stretched at night. Sure, I go to bed looking like Snoop Dogg, but I wake up with super-stretched hair that is ready and roaring to go for my quick and basic bun.

Here is my banding routine:
Morning stretched hair
1. Separate hair into 4 sections. Since I am just going to slap it into a bun anyway, it didn't make sense to expend extra energy with a billion bands and sections.

2. Take the first section and spritz lightly with water. Follow up with a little leave-in (right now I'm doing a 'heavy' leave-in mix of Aussie Moist, Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Repairative Conditioner, coconut oil, and water).

3. Put the first band on like a loose ponytail. Move down another 1 - 2 inches and place another band. Lather, rinse, and repeat until you reach the end of your hair. The closer bands are, the more stretched your hair will be. You can either leave the ends out to preserve a pattern,or band them up too. Since my ends are heat-damaged straight, I left them out.

4. Repeat steps 1-3 for the remaining sections. Cover with a satin scarf or bonnet, and call it a night.

For my basic bun in the morning, I just take down each section, spritz with water for workability, throw a little Curl Enhancing Smoothie on the ends and get down to work. I pull my hair into a low ponytail, wrap it around, and secure with a second scrunchie. Five minutes, flat.

Take that, banana clip bun.
Oh who am I kidding? this bun isn't nearly as big or full-looking as the BCB....

My boring basic bun
But it gets the job done.

For more information on banding, visit:
Fran Explains Banding
Stretching Natural Hair on BGLH


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