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April 25, 2011

Rocking and Styling Mini Twists- Natural Hair


I wanted to share our experience with mini twists. We both needed a much needed break from hair so after watching KinkyKurlyQueen's video (below) I decided to try them on A. Her mini twists lasted 1 month (although they could have lasted longer) and we both enjoyed them.

I think these would be great for little girls during the Spring/Summer time so they don't have to worry about getting their hair styled every week and can just go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Mom also gets a break! ;)



I banded A's hair overnight in 4 sections. The next day I removed the bands from the back section of her hair. Her hair was already parted from ear to ear. I took another look at KinkyCurlyQueen's mini twist picture and decided I would part at an angle, or slant. See picture below.



I continued parting at an angle. This made the process go by much quicker. After the back section was done I moved to the top right section. I parted at an angle from the front of her forehead to in front of her right ear. I continued parting at an angle (or slant) the entire time until I was completely finished with her twists. I highly recommend parting sections off (about 3 or 4) and parting at an angle the entire time. Finish one section at a time.

These twists took about 6 1/2 hours to do. I used Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (I was a little too heavy handed on the EVCO).

Fishtail braid on mini twists:


Twists curled with Curlformers:



After twists got wet from taking a bath (12 day update):


I braided her wet twists with Blended Cutie Down & Out Styles. She had about 7 sections braided. I left them in overnight and took them out in the morning for the crinkly look.


21 Day update: mini twists twisted back


You can view a few more mini twist styles on the blog. A's mini twists got wet just about every day. I think that may have led to some of the tangles she had but they were all fairly easy to get out. Keep an eye on the twists near the nape of the neck, those tend to tangle more easily at the roots. I recommend putting the hair up and covering it at night. Overall it was a great experience and we already miss the mini twists! The take down was easy. I just wet her hair and added lots of conditioner, it took 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

42 Chime in!:

Dionne said...

her twists are beautiful

J'Anns Boutique said...

Awww her twists styles are just too cute

A Girl's Next Best Friend

Precious H said...

I love these twists! I have mini twists in my hair right now and I'm hoping they will last me as long as it lasted A!



precious-curls.blogspot.com

Naijaprincess said...

Just stunning! Your daughter is so lucky to have a mom who styles her hair beautifully and takes such good care of her hair. She must be envy of all of her classmates. Shoot, I'm envious!

Anonymous said...

This looks great!

Anonymous said...

love these mini-twists!
did the little lady enjoy them?

sassncurlz said...

So cute!!

shamigreen said...

Shoot, lil mama's hair is BANGIN!!! Can I be your daughter too? IJS... I'll pay my fair share of the rent/utilities/groceries... #winning

Linda said...

So beautiful, that's how a little girl's hair should look!

Anonymous said...

A must be a very patient child...

Shay said...

ahh yes. it took me an entire month to finally decide i would give these twist a go because of you. sadly, my own A's twist only lasted 2 weeks. now that i'm looking at the photos again, i think the problem was i didn't make them small enough. maybe next time!

Beads, Braids & Beyond said...

Thank you all so much!

Anonymous said...

Not alright to put this child's face on the web, no matter what forum it is. I don't care if you call her child X. It's not okay.

frouLaLa said...

WOW! The twists are so tiny. Just beautiful! I was thinking the same thing...ur daughter must be so patient for the twisting, even the take down. I dont think I could leave my hair in twists that long because of the texture, they would start to dread.

Anonymous said...

wow they look great! I want to do some mini twists but for some reason afraid of a tangled mess...

Chimmy said...

Honestly her length plus her texture make the mini twists devine. I love my 4a/b/c/z hair, but for some reason cannot get mini twists to look that great. I'm tried and for some odd reason as soon as I finish a section, no matter how small, they quickly puff up and curl on themselves. This summer I'll have more time to try and get the styles that I couldn't take the time to make during the school year, so I think I'll try harder to make my twists not puff up and hopefully they'll look that great. She's oh so adorable!

Ms. Sassy said...

Wow! Her hair is fabulous and so glam! God bless you for spending 6 hrs mommy

Anonymous said...

I have looked at these picture months after months and I have to say that you spend a lot of time doing your beautiful young ladies hair; however, it seems a bit over kill. Seems like women spend a lot of time on hair and it is just hair.

Dorian @ Big Apple Style said...

Her hair is absolutely adorable and she's super cute too! I would love to do that style, but it brought me memories of spending 7-9hrs in a chair getting micros & 6hrs taking them down - never again! o_0 I doubt it would work on my actual texture which is a 3c/4a/b depending on where on my head you look. But it's still cute to look at! :)

Quita said...

@ Anon 9:35, have you seen all the pics of baby G on here? There are many proud mothers on this site who post pics of their kids. Stop being anti and chill out....

On another note, I can't wait to try mini twists! I'm looking forward to rocking styles that protect my hair that are low maintenance!

@ Dorian @ Big Apple- Try it at the very least? That time is worth it if you can wear it for a while right? I think twists would work on any texture if they're neat enough. Don't be discouraged.

Anonymous said...

Being anti- what Quita? Plastering your child's face on the internet is not a safe practice at all. Any mother should be careful in that practice in this day and age. I'm not even a mother and I'm 22 and I know better.

Anonymous said...

You must've forgotten that post months back where that woman wished that something bad happen to Nikki and her daughter I sure didn't and I had a few words to say to that woman myself,and both of our comments were later deleted by the administration. I don't know how women can be so careless with the images of their children and Quita you think something's wrong with me? Wow. God bless and good night.

Anonymous said...

Lord @ the "careless" comments. What about young children who model/act on broadway, tv shows, commercials, hairproducts, etc? (And most tween stars from Selena Gomez and her Barney days to those girls in Daddy's Little Girls say they wanted to act, in case someone starts with the pimping-kids argument) They are exposed to the public as well. At the end of the day with facebook twitter etc being as big as they are all, most of us have all of our info online. A's mom is spending time with her daughter, teaching her about hair, making her lovely, the little girl looks happy and well-taken care off. If she decides to put her daughter's face once in a while on a site (which is perfectly legal and child services won't be banging at her door) then none of us have anything to say. Stop making a fuss about stuff that's really not your concern.

Anonymous said...

You have a great talent at styling hair. My mother would've never did my hair like that, and although I would've been itching for her to stop twisting,I would've LOVED the results of her labor! You are teaching your daughter about self-love, and that is priceless. More mothers out here need to be teaching their children to have high self-esteem and to love their hair. Kudos to you!!!

KinkyKurlyQueen said...

Her hair came out soooo good the Curlformer curls came our really nice!!! Thanks for the shout out :)

Sweetdrk1 said...

Looking absoltutely beautiful as usual! The babygirl is getting so big!

Doc said...

@CHIMMY:
hey chimmy, you should check out kinky kurly queen (who was cited in this post): http://naturalsobsessed.blogspot.com/

she has kinky/coily hair (at least it looks like she does) and her mini-twists are also FABULOUS!!!!
:)

Anonymous said...

People are free to do whatever they want with photos of their children, but I do find it a bit distasteful that this child's photos are plastered on every natural hair site that I visit. But as I said, to each her own.

kitka82 said...

Babygirl's hair is always so pretty :) I can't believe that took *only* 6.5 hours. My daughter has half that much hair at 4 years old, and I'm sure it would take me just as long to twist her hair LOL.

BTW, Must there be drama on E-VE-RY post? Sigh. If you feel so strongly about what this mama does with her child's pics, you should post to her directly. This is not the place, in my opinion.

Doc said...

i agree kitka82- please take the drama elsewhere- it's such a downer.

Anonymous said...

The style looks beautiful, but I think 6 hours is too long for a child who is 5, to sit and get their hair done, even if there are breaks. 6 hours is almost a full day of school, children should be learning & exploring, not exploited all over hair care websites. If you add up all the time put into this child hair styles over these years, it's ridiculous! I have heard A's grammar on a few youtube videos, and I think this time should be put into teaching her proper pronunciation.

Anonymous said...

absolutely gorgeous!!

Beads, Braids & Beyond said...

Hey, thanks again ladies!

@Chimmy, definitely check out KinkyKurlyQueen! Also, I tried the mini twists on her the night before but her hair wasn't very stretched out so they kept poofing up. I did 4 of them that night and stopped. That's when I added a generous (too generous) amount of coconut oil to her hair and banded it to stretch it out more. I was a bit too heavy handed with the coconut oil which is why I think her hair looks so sleek in the first couple of photos, lol.

I don't mind the previous comments as much. I know people have their opinion about posting children's pictures online and I respect that, but she does have a mother and a father who look after her and know where her pictures are. I appreciate you thinking about her safety though.

It's interesting that I always see the comments on my posts though because CurlyNikki posts photos of her (adorable!) daughter and there's a Show & Tell: Curly Baby Edition. Hmm...

Anonymous 11:37AM, where all do you see my daughters photo plastered? Unless it's an interview, the only place I submit posts and photos is Curlynikki.com

I hope the post was helpful!

-NikG

Beads, Braids & Beyond said...

@Anonymous 1:19PM, if you're so bothered by it, why are you following our blog AND watching our youtube videos? lol We spend plenty of time on her education. What do you think we were doing while we twists were in for the entire month? :P

Anonymous said...

I think that A's hair is beautiful. I to your site to get ideas for my 3 yr old but she doesn't like me in her hair for too long. Your styles are creative and helpful.

Shay said...

some people.. it's just sad. it took me about 2 hours to do these twist on my lil girl and it lasted 2 weeks. i figure.. i'd rather spend 2 hours watching movies and laughin with my lil girl while i do her hair rather than spending 30+ minutes daily detangling and putting it in a ponytail.

if it's just hair.. then why are you so offended?

Anonymous said...

wondering if these ladies were so bothered before these sites existed and we saw little girls in hair care magazines. aside from the fact that we now actually get to see behind the scenes of what went into creating the styles what's the difference? i recall growing up and spending HOURS in a salon to break my hair off...at least these moms are putting time and effort into maintaining their hair in a healthy and natural state. please calm down.

amandak23k said...

These turned out beautiful!!!

@anonymous it sounds like you are a little bitter and maybe jealous that noone took the time to do your hair while you were a child. Both a and her mom are beautiful and with beauty always comes hatred from others.

Erin said...

Wow...what is your problem. There is nothing wrong with children born to two individuals who choose not to get married. How do you know they aren't married. I refer to my husband as "her (referring to my daughter) father" on a regular basis in regular conversation. What business is it of yours anyways, what she does with her life. My daughter was born out of wedlock, and I have nothing to be ashamed of. We did eventually get married because it was the right thing for us, not because of our child. Furthermore it is her business if she wants to put her child on the internet to be seen. She has helped me with my beautiful mixed daughters hair immensely without Beads, Braids, and Beyond who knows what I would be doing to her hair right now! Get a life, and let those of us who enjoy her posts, enjoy them.

Anonymous said...

@amandak23k - Jealous? is that a joke?!?! it has nothing to do with jealousy. 3 out 4 black children are born out of wedlock. That's a very embarrassing and disheartening statistic!! We as a people have to do better!! No Wedding No Womb!!!
@Erin - sigh...see comment above... okay, you didn't get married because of your child...like it or not, admit it or not...your child had something to do with it!! kudos to you for doing the right thing, and not being a statistic.

We all know its better to bring children into this world when married.

Anonymous said...

Wow her hair has grown so much since the last time I checked BBB! The styles are beautiful as always. This post has got me thinking I should try tiny twists again and see if I can maintain them for more than two weeks.

I'm sorry to see trolls have found CN. I hope we don't keep feeding them.

Anonymous said...

hey all the anons GET A LIFE! A is more than taken care of.... Go get some business with ur bitter self..

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