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How to Stretch the Hair for Braiding

Prepping the hair for braiding is essential. The quality of the blow dry determines the ease of the install and the finished look. Stretching the hair can be done with your hands, a paddle or denman brush. A paddle brush can also be used if you do not have a blow dryer with a comb attachment.


  1. After Conditioning the hair with a moisture rich conditioner or deep conditioner, apply a leave-in conditioner with a thermal protectant or a blow dry spray that acts as thermal protection.

  2. Section the hair using a wide tooth comb and clip. Blow dry in small sections.


Note: I do not recommend blow drying without thermal protection on the hair.

Take a look at the video to see how to stretch your curls for braiding.


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