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January 9, 2010

Mini Twists on Natural Hair

KeetaRay of Just Me... and My Thoughts is rockin' one heck of a mini twist set! Below, she graciously shares how she achieved the look!


  • I washed my hair with Mixed Chicks Shampoo, Deep Conditioned with Aubrey Organics White Camellia Conditioner, and then rinsed that out and applied Herbal Essence Totally Twisted.
  • I rinsed my hair again, applied Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-In, and sectioned my hair into 4 sections (2 on each side).
  • I blow-dried my hair on LOW heat. I didn't make it fully dry, only about 80% so that I didn't have shrinkage with my twists.
Now for the actual twists. These are your everyday 2-strand twists, but I made them a lot smaller than usual. The ONLY product I used to twist my hair was my mix of unrefined shea butter and coconut oil. What I do is put about 70% shea butter and 30% coconut oil in a container, heat it slightly in the microwave to melt it a little and mix it up until I get a creamy texture. Whenever I say "shea butter/coconut oil mix", that's it. I didn't use a comb to part my hair, just my fingers. I started from the back and worked my way to the top.
  • Start off by grabbing a section, maybe about a 1-2 inch section of hair.
  • Pin the rest of your up and out of the way.
  • Within that small section, using your fingers grab a small amount of hair to twist.
  • Apply the shea butter/coconut oil mix to those strands and once you've applied it, start your twist. Get as close to the roots as possible. When you get to the end, you can twirl it with your fingers - they don't unravel.
  • Keep doing this until you're done, and that's it!


These twists took me 4 hours and 10 minutes to complete. I'm very happy with the end result and plan on keeping these in for 2 weeks, at least.

To preserve the style at night, I just sleep with a satin bonnet. Low-maintenance, protective style. If you have additional questions, feel free to ask!


1/6/2010


Day 1



34 Chime in!:

D Alexandra said...

Your hair is gorgeous! & looks so healthy! Keep doing your thang girl!

Anonymous said...

Love it!!!!

Anonymous said...

I just finished little twists too! The only thing is I washed it last night,added evoo, braided and semi-banded for stretch. I took out one braided section at a time and twisted with AOHC. Unfortunately, mine probably won't last two weeks because they start to unravel and frizz after a couple of days:(

Anonymous said...

wooow! i wish i had the patience to do this myself. unfortunately i know im too lazy and would need to get somebody else to do my dirty work, lol. on the other hand, keeta are you coming to the DC curly meet up tomorrow? check the forum!

kisha

Anonymous said...

when and where will the DC meet-up be?

Anonymous said...

These are fierce! Very nice style and look great on you! Can't wait unit I get some length so that I can try this out. Thanks for the styling tip!
-monique

Raniesaj said...

These are GORGEOUS!!!! I love it!!!

Curly Film Chick said...

great twists! interesting enough I have made twists my staple style this winter, protective styling is the best!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait til my hair is long enough to do that. My twist look ok but would look better when I gain some length.

Anonymous said...

i was just thinking of doing these to my head and my sister's! great great style i love it!

KeetaRay said...

Thanks, Ladies!! :)

Kisha -- I should have paid more attention, I won't be able to make it tomorrow :( I'm a mentor and have to meet w/my student tomorrow. I will be sure to keep track of this forum topic so I can make the next one, though.

For the person who asked where the meet-up is, it's at B. Smith's in DC (Union Station) tomorrow 1/10 at 3pm. Reservation under DC Curlies.

So sad I'm gonna miss it!

KeetaRay

socialitedreams said...

those look really great! I need to develop the patience to do small twists like that. I only just started doing medium twists all over to twist out and I complain about those! lol, I'd really have to recruit a buddy to help with small ones that look amazing like that

Anonymous said...

Your hair is so cute. The style is simple and easy to do. I can't wait until I have bit more growth to give it a shot myself.

Karua said...

I love doing twists like this but noticed that they can't last me 2 or so weeks because after a week I feel a need to wash my hair. So my questions are:

1. After the twists do you wash them at all in that time period?
2. If you do, do you ever find that they start to lock on you?
3. How do you keep them from shrinking up from the length you first put them in?

Thanks alot and you have beautiful, beautiful hair. Is the orangey/red color due to henna?

Anonymous said...

These are pretty!
...SisterBoyd

Anonymous said...

This look is so cute!

KeetaRay said...

Hi Karua!

I don't wash them during the 2 week period, this is why: they will shrink! LOL I get crazy shrinkage, that's why I blow dried my hair 1st before doing the twists rather than on wet hair. They typically maintain the length during the 2 week period. I haven't experienced any locking. I do oil my hair about twice a week, not sure if that helps or not.

Also, I have permanent color (blonde streaks) in the front that I am currently letting grow out. I did do henna once in November and it made it more red.

lawsmd said...

Your mini twists look awesome! Do you do anything to your hair during the two week period or so you leave them in?

Hannah said...

your hair looks really pretty!

D_luv said...

Looks amazing, and I LOVE the pin up. Question: when you blow dry, do you brush or comb? How do you get the hair to stretch while drying if you don't use a comb or brush?

Anonymous said...

Hey Keeta..the twist look cute on you. I am loving the eyeshadow as well.

Heather

Jada07 said...

It looks great! I know you probably don't count, but do you know about how many twists you ended up with?

Pinkrage said...

I LOVE these twists. I need to find someone to twist my hair. I don't have the patience.

Living Fly on a Dime said...

Thank you for this post. I'm inspired to try this look. Fingers crossed that it will turn out this gorgeous :)

KeetaRay said...

You ladies are so sweet. I really do appreciate the comments. I'm always experimenting b/c I get bored easily. To answer the questions:
lawsmd: I just put some shea butter on the ends 1-2xs per week and sleep with a bonnet on every night. That's all I do.

D_luv: To stretch while blowdrying, I grab the section of hair at the ends and pull it straight, then run the air of the blowdryer up and down the hair shaft (at a distance, maybe 5-6 inches away) until it's mostly dry, then use a comb attachment just on the ends (1-2 run-thru's).

Jada07: Girl! I have NO idea how many!! LOL

Anonymous said...

I absolutley love the two strand twist. I have been wearing them for the past 12 years. May I recommend. Miss Jessie's products. Prevents shrinkage of your twist! www.missjessies.com

Her products can be used wet or dry hair...check out the site...not sold in stores..sold in salons only!

Anonymous said...

I did something like this for my 12 yo lately. She is weraing it to school and can style it hoever she likes inthe morning. Her twists are almost micro, they are so small.

She gets lots of compliments from the peopl at school.

I use a leav in cream that I made from Giovanni 50:50 baanced condish/she/oils/etc. It works and doesn't make her twists shrink up. We set it at night by doing one long cornrow/flattwist around her head in a circular fashion. It starts at her hairline and by the thrid revolution, it ends in the crown of her head.

Joy said...

Your "do" is absolutely gorgeous! I tried to replicate it last night but to no avail. My hair is not thick enough and I look like a wet, stringy puppy! So sad :(

Odyssey said...

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SoBeSoNatural said...

I love, love, love this! I have the hardest time getting tight twists in my hair, but I must try again because I need another protective style now...and I want to be able to do this myself...thanks for sharing your technique. YOUR HAIR LOOKS FABULOUS!

Coily Hair said...

Twists truly are my most favorite natural hairstyle... I LOVE the funky way you styled those twists, but 4 hrs.? I only wish I could do that length in that amount of time, lol. Your hair looks great though.

Anonymous said...

I love it!! Can't wait to do it!!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I have a question, can this break your hair? because i have mixed hair and its hard to find hairstyles for me that work.

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