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August 8, 2012

How to Create Kinky Twists- Natural Hair Styles

 
by Lisa Michelle via NaturallyCurly

I always hear about people opting to wear protective styles during the harsh winter. But what about protecting your hair during the hot summer months? I’ve worn micro braids and Senegalese twists, but never tried my hand at kinky twists. If you follow the same premise of two strand twists, kinky twists should be a fairly straight forward installation and can save you lots of money should you choose to do them yourself. Here’s how I did mine!

Preparation

I started with freshly washed hair, then washed, conditioned and also went ahead and deep conditioned since I planned to keep my hair in this style for at least a month. Once my hair was clean and separated into four sections, I applied Kinky-Curly Knot Today as my base leave-in, EDEN BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Hair Oil and EDEN BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Hair Milk to seal it all in. This combination of products gave me soft, well moisturized hair and allowed me to proceed to the next step.

Once my hair was nourished, I applied a light coating of grapeseed oil to each section before I tension blow dried my hair. During tension blow drying, it’s important to use a heat protectant and grapeseed oil offers a natural option for heat protection. It’s also important to make sure your hair isn’t soaking wet when blow drying. Working with damp hair will make it easier to keep the hair smooth and speed up your blow dry session. Finally, make sure to keep the heat settings on low to medium so you don’t burn your hair! 



Now on to the fun and hard part! I started with my hair in eight sections, four across the front and four across the back. I found it easier to start in the back of my head, though you can start in the front or around the perimeter. I used Marley braid hair which comes sectioned into 20 pieces per package. I chose not to cut the hair in half since I have longer hair and wanted to make sure I covered my entire length. I also wanted the longer twists look.

I made small parts, between ¼” and ½” and used the braiding first method to attach the extensions. I started by creating a braid with my hair and the two sections of Marley braid hair. With my hair between the two pieces of braid hair, I wrapped my hair over the braid hair and back to the middle position, creating a secure hold so that I could continue braiding. Once I got down about an inch or so, I twisted my hair around one piece of braid hair to get two pieces and then began two strand twisting to the ends. I repeated this over a total of 160 twists and 16 hours later I was done! It’s important to make sure you don’t pull the hair too tight, especially around your hairline. You can create larger parts, but try not to put too much stress on weak areas.

Final Thoughts

Although this was a long process, it was definitely worth it. If you were to get this type of style done at a braid shop it could easily cost upwards of $250 dollars or more, depending on the length and thickness of your hair. The great thing about being able to braid your own hair is that you can, not only save loads of money, but you can also refresh your style and perform any maintenance when needed. Kinky twists are a great protective style for any occasion and I’ve gotten lots of compliments on them already. They blend quite well with my own hair and will last four to six weeks.

Have you ever installed your own Kinky Twists? Share!

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Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if there is a tutorial that actually shows someone installing their own kinky twists? I love the idea of installing them myself but I could use some visual aids?

Megan M said...

I saw this on her YouTube channel lisamslisa. She did a good job. I want to do this by myself as well.

Booker said...

Yes, I agree... Can you please post a video on how to install it? We love to watch it.

Anonymous said...

Naptural85 has a tutorial of putting in kinky twists when she had a TWA.

I did kinky twists around the time I still had a TWA, and it came out nice. Wouldn't do it again though. I can't spend any longer than two hours on my hair or it will drive me crazy (or if someone else is doing it - lol).

Alwina Oyewoleturner said...

Awesome results! I also watched her video on her youtube channel and she was very detailed and showed you exactly how she installed them. Great job Lisa!

Esther Komolafe said...

I have never installed kinky twist by myself but I think I will try it.

Davina W. said...

I haven't installed kinky twist myself, but I loved them in my early natural days.

LaNeshe said...

I'm considering installing my own kinky twists...one day!

Carla said...

I NEED the video and step by step instructions lol. They turned out beautifully...you really did a great job! :)

nylse said...

The beauty of having grown daughters. My daughter installed mine - really trying to make it to 3 months as they are so convenient. i do wash and condition with them in and i pretty much ignore the frizz.

Latonya B. said...

I have installed my own kinky twists. It can be a challenge on hair that is prone to shrinkage, short hair, or kinky hair. The blowdryer is not my friend so to prepare my hair for kinky twist extensions, I


1. Wash/Deep Condition
2. Apply a leave-in, moisturizer, and/or sealant
3. Section, part and two-strand Twist (This may seem like double work, but it makes installing extensions much easier and faster for certain hairtypes) I tried to do kinky twist without first two-strand twisting my own hair and it never worked. My ends would never stay in the twist.


Once my twists are dry, (the next day b/c I don't like to sit under the dryer), I untwist one two-strand twist at a time and install the kinky twist extension using the senegalese method. It looks more natural and it doesn't feel like you have added hair hanging on your real hair.


Here's a good YouTube Senegalese tutorial, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUa2Eh11X6k&feature=youtube_gdata_player.


Word of advice, do the crown last! If you're like me, you won't finish in a day. If you do the sides, front and back, you can put it up in a ponytail.

dijah la garveyistaღ said...

Anyone with 4b hair done these without the weave? I tried this before with ORS loc and twist gel and it didn't hold. I need something to hold without being stiff, so no kinky curly custard or eco styler, oh and i'm not about to make my own flax seed gel either, so yea...ruling those out lol, any suggestions?

Sue said...

Youtube has lots of tutorials on installing your own kinky twists,there are different installation methods. Just do a search. I am wearing this style but shorter ones, about shoulder length. Very convenient, I paid $120 which includes the extension hair. If you're looking to get them done at a salon, shop around. Even for long ones, $250 seems pretty steep!

violetbee said...

Check out youtube--texasgirlfromny, kinkynappyhappy, and UniQueLeeMade just to name a few.

sunt97 said...

I love the twists. I wish mine came out like this every time I did mine.
Peace, Love and Chocolate,
Tiffany

keisha billups said...

I need to try this but I am L-A-Z-Y when it comes to stuff like this. I like quick no fuss styles. If I want something fancy I go to my stylist, but this has been few and far between.

SavanahRae said...

I tried installing kinky twist myself and failed miserably, so I just stick to box braids now.

Derika said...

I haven't tried Kinky Twists yet because I'm still transitioning. When I become fully natural, I may give it a try.

Sport_deltagirl said...

I have done my own 3 times! I used Afro Kinky Bulk hair (2) and Spring Twist hair from Eon once. I love them! It is a big time commitment but it is worth the time from a financial and weeks of carefree hair standpoint--in my opinion. Happy hair ladies!!

Jada07 aka moodinidgo7772 said...

I had kinky twists installed last summer and thought the style was okay but she put way too much hair on my edges. I eventually took the perimeter down and redid them myself with so while I have not done my whole head I have done a few before and would probably do it myself next time.

KF519 said...

They look great! And you gave easy how-to instructions.

GirlGriot said...

I wore kinky twists for the first time this year. Started putting them in at the end of December as a winter to spring protective style and reinstalled every four to five weeks until the end of May (got a little hooked on the low-maintenance day to day of them!). First I used the Marley hair and then switched to Afro Puffy Twist hair which I found to be much softer and easier to wear. I've never had anyone braid or twist my hair, just learned from watching (many) videos online. My first two attempts were ... aesthetically challenged, but by the end of January I'd gotten the hang of it, enough to install twists for my mom, which she loved!


My process is a little different from the one described above, but I think that's because a) I don't really know what I'm doing and b) I was going for a slightly different effect. I didn't blow out or stretch my hair before installing the twist hair. I let it dry for a little and installed the twists on half-wet hair. I did that because I get a lot of shrinkage when my hair air dries and because blowing my hair out makes it so flat and I wanted my hair as thick and full as it could be when I put the twists in. I thought the shrinkage would help tighten the twists (no idea if this is true or even makes sense as an assumption!) and would also add to the puffyness of the twists in the end.


One other difference in process is that I started directly with twists, no braid-first. That was mostly out of impatience, but also because I didn't like the feeling of a knot of twist hair at my scalp. Starting directly with the twist seemed to blend the twist hair more naturally with my hair. My own family didn't guess that I was wearing the twist hair.

I'm back to extension-less hair right now, but thinking I'll install another kinky twist at the end of September before I leave for vacation. Wearing the twists during the winter really forced me to change my attitude about extensions. I don't know if I'll wear them every winter, but they make a good, easy-care protective style that forces me to leave my hair alone for a little while.


Oh, my hair: thick, super-kinky, shoulder-length.

PassionsM. said...

Great post! Once I found a good tutorial on line 2 years ago on Kinky twists. It has become my go to style I put the style in at least 3 tines a year for about 3-6 weeks! I love experimenting with different color combinatiobs

laleepop14 said...

I've done some Senegalese twists before and loved it. It does take time but so worth it. The hair I use is 1.99 a pack and you would never know.. Im going to put some in shortly for the end if the summer. I usually do mine over about 3 days and always do enough so that I can wear a ponytail until I finish completely.

Jessica Coletrain said...

Gorgeous

Ni'Chole SunShyne Dixon said...

As a matter of fact I just removed my Kinky Twist. It was the first time I had ever installed hair into my hair. It took the same amount of time as you but, it was over a two day period. I kept them in for a month and a half. I wanted my hair to rest before I get my next protective style... Dookie Braids...:-)

Suvonna Willis said...

Yes and yes, I finally learned how to perform the style on myself after viewing a few you tube videos. It was the best experience of my life to do it myself, my hubby thought "WOW you are still at it huh" of course after starting you can't stop and once I saw the results, I was soooo happy and it only cost me $28.97 best price ever.
Now that I'm able to do my hair, I graduated to performing this same task on my daughter and I'm proud of myself again, so yes doing it yourself is a plus and will save tons of money in the end.

Nia said...

I have never done my own kinky twist but after reading step-by-step I am willing to try and very excited about the outcome. From reading previous comments I found her videos on YouTube so thank you

Danielle said...

Kinky twists should actually last longer than the said 4-6 weeks above in the article. It should last anywhere from 2-3 months. Hello easy maintenance! and TIP: I've been wearing kinky twists for two years on and off now. To extend the shelf life of your twists maintenance your hair sections as at time so the process of redoing it all isn't overwhelming. Take out the top and edges and re-do that first since it is the most exposed part/suceptible to getting frayed/damaged. Then do the middle another week..then the bottom another week..You get the idea!

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