Two-Strand Twists have to be one of the most popular natural hair styles. A popular complaint that comes from many naturals (me included) is shrinkage. One way to combat shrinkage is to twist on dry stretched hair which will result in an elongated twisted style.
There are many ways to stretch your hair. You can use the banding method, pic it out, plaits, blowdry, etc. For this look I actually started with a picked out big afro which I wore for Fros on the 4th.
Next I carefully selected a moisturizer to twist my hair. I needed something that would lightly moisturize and soften the hair without providing too much moisture that would make the hair shrink back up. The two moisturizers that worked for me were Donna Marie Super Buttercreme $13 / 8 oz and Mozeke Babassu Twisting Cream $12 / 8 oz. I also tried Mozeke Whipped Avocade Cream but found this to be too moisturizing resulting in shrunken twists which was not the look I was going for.
Using just my fingers I parted off sections of hair, applied one of the creams, gently detangled using my tangle teezer, then twisted. Look at the picture above you can see the effects of shrinkage on curly hair; my twisted length is more than twice as long as my stretched hair. *shakes angry fist @ shrinkage*
If you are looking to showcase more of your true length while protective styling you should give this method a try. Check out my video below for a complete rundown of my styling process.