Roller Setting Natural Hair to Stretch My Hair

by Jenelle on September 27, 2013


Some of my natural hairstyles come out better when styled on stretched hair.  However, I am not a fan of applying direct heat (by use of a blow dryer) every time I want to do a bantu knot out or a flat-twist updo.  Keep reading to see pictures and the YouTube video tutorial how I go about stretching my hair without using direct heat.

So, besides banding or putting my hair in big two-strand twists, how else can I stretch it?  By roller setting!  Using large magnetic rollers to stretch my hair allows me to get really straight and smooth, using the indirect heat from the hooded dryer.  This method also means I don’t have to do a ton of combing/detangling when it’s time to part and twist my hair into a style.


When I use roller setting to stretch my natural hair, bigger rollers ensure I have hair that’s “straighter” and not as “tightly curled”.  In this tutorial, I used approximately28 magnetic rollers.

Since I didn’t want my hair to be curled tight, I also made sure I didn’t use any hair products designed to provide a strong hold.  For stretching, simply using leave-in conditioner as my “styler for roller setting” was the best choice.


When roller setting natural hair, it’s important to make sure your hair is completely dry before removing the rollers.  Otherwise, you’ll end up with a poofy mess!  I like to give myself at least 1 1/2 hours, if not 2 under the hooded dryer.   Working on blog posts or editing videos for my YouTube Channel helps to pass the time away

Once dry, this is how my hair looks with the rollers removed.


I like to run my fingers thru my hair instead of combing it, smoothing it down and getting it ready for styling.


So, how do you stretch your hair when you want to do a natural hair style that showcases your length?  Let me know!

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