You may be asking yourself, “What in the heck is hair banding?” Well, to answer your question, hair banding is a technique used to extend the length on natural hair using rubber bands or ponytail holders along the length of the hair. You may remember as a kid your mother putting ponytail holders in your hair, then placing more ponytail holders or rubber bands down the ponytail. Hair banding is the same thing, except I recommend you use the Goody Ouchless hair bands instead of rubber bands to reduce breakage of the hair.
With my 4A/4B and maybe a little 4C combo hair, I am experiencing major hair shrinkage! So, to try and create some length with my hair I decided to try the hair banding technique to see if this would at least make my hair seem a little longer than it appears. I already had a box full of the Goody Ouchless hair bands from my relaxer days because my “need another relaxer/bad hair day” style was the faithful ponytail. I knew that the hair bands with the metal ends on them would pull out my hair, so I had purchased the ouchless kind without the metal end.
Now when I did my first attempt at hair banding, I hadn’t done a co-wash or my weekly shampoo/condition. I just dampened my hair with water and used some of my Organic Root Stimulator Lock and Twist Gel on my hair. I ended up with about 20 sections of hair banded together (see photos below). One thing I can say is that my head was hurting after putting the bands in (had them a little too tight). However, I did like the results I got after taking them out, initially, but by the end of the day my hair had shrunk back up. I did allow my hair to dry overnight, so it was not wet when I took out the hair bands.
I will attempt the hair banding technique again after doing a co-wash or my weekly shampoo and condition because I think I will get much better results on freshly washed hair compared to just dampening my hair and putting product on top of old product. I also won’t put as many banded sections in my head and maybe it will create a much looser curl pattern.
Any who, here are some photos of my attempt at hair banding!