What is Hair Stretching?

Last Revised on February 20, 2008

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Hair stretching is an African American hair care technique. It involves stretching the time between relaxer treatments. Most stylists recommend waiting for at least 6 to 8 weeks before getting a touch-up. But some women prefer to stretch for 10,12, 14 weeks or longer.

Stretching is a great way to avoid overlapping, which is when the relaxer comes into contact with previously treated hair. Relaxers are only meant for virgin hair so when it starts processing already treated hair, it further weakens the strands and can lead to breakage.

It helps you reacquaint yourself with your natural African-American hair texture. Learning how to work with your new growth, instead of against it, may introduce you to new hair styling methods and techniques.

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