April 7, 2016

How to Make a Twist out Last a Long Time

by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

Love the look of a twist out but frustrated with the short lived results? It is totally possible to have a long lasting style results with very low maintenance. Here’s some tips for making a twist out last:


Leave your twists in for a while to lock in the definition
I know you want instant curly awesomeness right away! But… if you put in twists overnight and remove them the next day, your results are not going to be as long lasting as if you had left them in for a couple of days or better yet a week or so. The last set of twists I did, I left them in for about 2 weeks and wore them as a mini twist style. I am on day 4 of my twist out and my style still hasn’t let up.

Wear smaller sized twists
Chunky twist out sets are my favorite, but they also happen to not last as long. When you wear small twists you get better definition. They don’t have to be micro sized, that’s not necessary! Just small.

Twist on freshly washed damp hair
Wet hair will give you the best definition. However when your hair is wet, it is in a weakened state plus for those with low porosity hair it may take eons to dry if you twist while your hair is saturated. Instead twist damp hair. To give your hair some stretch prior to installing your twists pineapple your hair while it air dries.

Use a product with a good hold
I love the ORS Setting Foam as it gives me great hold, cuts out frizz and makes wet styling a snap. I have also recently tried the Taliah Waajid Shea Coco Styling Cream which smooths out my hair and also gives me an excellent hold. If you want to go all natural try whipping a mixture of shea butter, your favorite oil and aloe or flaxseed gel.

Don’t Over Fluff When You Remove Your Twists
When you over fluff this creates frizz which up being a total style destroyer. If you want your hair to be more stretched out while wearing your twists cornrow them, create an updo, wear them up in a ponytail or bun. The tension these styles create will elongate your hair.

Wrap your hair at night, pineapple or put into large twists
To prevent matting and protect your hair, don’t forget your satin bonnet. For your nightime style pineappling or putting your hair into large twists will do.

Daily Moisturizing and Maintenance
Be sure to avoid weighing your hair down with too much product. You may only need the steam from your morning shower and a light oil to seal moisture in to refresh your style. Lightly fluff with your fingers if needed.


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