Twists are probably the easiest of stretching methods because you only need to weave two strands at a time. You can part your hair in as many sections as you want, depending on how you want it to look and how much time you have.
Big sections will be faster to do, and the manipulated curl pattern will be bigger. However, larger twists will give you less control over frizz.
To do the twists, part a small section of hair and separate it with your fingers. Apply a heavy curl cream or a light leave-in conditioner and twist the two strands together until you reach the end. Repeat the technique with more sections.
Getting a nice manipulated curl pattern after the hair dries is one of the best things about twists. They turn into twist-outs, and you can easily have a curly hairstyle to wear for 2-3 days. Remove the twists when they’re fully dry to make the twist-out.
Braids are slightly more difficult to do than twists because they require three strands instead of two. However, braiding will stretch your natural hair more than twists since the pattern is tighter and more controlled. In fact, your hair will probably look longer with braids than it does with twists.
Like twist-outs, braids will also give you a braid-out style to wear for a few days. However, braid-outs won’t give you a uniformed look because the strands are facing several directions. So, if you’re looking for a uniformed coil pattern, you may want to choose twists for your stretching method instead.
To do braids, part a small section of hair. Apply curl cream or leave-in conditioner, then separate the section into three, and make a braid. Continue with more sections of hair.
Remove the braids when they’re dry to make the braid-out hairstyle. This stretching method is an ideal starter for low and high buns.