Ever wondered how to tell if a pack of braiding hair is pre-stretched or not? Look no further, we’ve got ya covered!
Pre-stretched (aka pre-feathered or pre-tapered braiding hair) comes down to a natural taper at the ends, as opposed to the blunt ends in a normal pack. It’s a popular look for braids that have loose ends that are sealed by dipping in hot water.
If you prefer blunt ends like the kind you’ll get from sealing with a braid sealer or lighter, you’ll likely want to stick with regular braiding hair rather than pre-stretched.
Because stretching hair takes time, some stylists prefer to only work with pre-stretched hair, or will charge an additional fee to stretch the hair before your appointment.
There are several easy ways to tell if a product on our website is pre-stretched:
- The words “Pre-Stretched” will appear somewhere in the name of the product.
- The beginning of the product description will talk about the hair being pre-stretched, and will explain what that means.
- It will be listed in the Pre-Stretched Hair category.
If a product on our website doesn’t mention anything about being pre-stretched, that means it’s not pre-stretched.
If you’re out shopping at your local beauty supply or online at a site that doesn’t have detailed product descriptions, there are a couple easy ways to tell if the hair you’re considering is pre-stretched.
Because being pre-stretched is a desirable feature, most pre-stretched hair will say “pre-stretched,” "pre-feathered,” or “feather tip” somewhere on the packaging.
You can also tell by looking down at the ends of the hair. A regular pack of braiding hair will have blunt ends like this:
I Kick Shins kk jumbo braid, not pre-stretched.
RastAfri Freed'm Silky Braid, not pre-stretched.
In contrast, pre-stretched braiding hair will have more pointy, tapered ends like this:
Can’t find it pre-stretched? No problem!
Any type of braiding hair can be stretched by hand, so if you’ve got your heart set on a color that’s not pre-stretched, don’t give up hope! Kersti Pitre has a great tutorial on two methods for stretching hair available on YouTube.