Mallorie is teaching us that protective styling isn’t just for curlies with long locks! Check out how she maneuvers her TWA (teeny weeny Afro) into a beautiful updo:

Hi Nikki,

Every now and then I notice that you offer tips for TWA styling. Lately, I have gotten tired of the wash ‘n gos, and I can’t seem to preserve a twist out for the life of me… probably because my hair is not long enough to pineapple 😉 Since the weather is getting colder, and my hair is growing a bit, I have been on a protective styling quest. I wanted to share this protective style that I developed for TWAs, inspired by NaturallyLeslie’s twisted updo.

I wash, deep condition, detangle, and twist on a Sunday. This style lasts the whole week. I take the twists out on Friday night or Saturday, and wear a cute crinkled look until Sunday evening rolls around. This is my 5th cycle of doing this, and I have been getting so many compliments. People can’t believe that I did it myself. To twist, I use Cantu Shea Leave-In and then dip my finger in Carol’s Daughter Loc Butter, Raw Unrefined Shea Butter, or Aloe Vera Gel (I have tried each one on different occasions and they all work equally great). I make small to medium twists all over my head, and then strategically pin them back with bobby pins to the desired look… basically until they are all up and accounted for. By day 3, I like to add headbands like the Goody Stay-Put athletic bands, or even fun regular handbands with feathers or jewels.

I encourage all of my fellow TWAs to try this… who says that we can’t play around with protective styling this fall too?!

1st pic–shows the length of my hair untwisted
2nd pic–is shrunken and curly
3rd, 4th and 5th–pics of the twist style
6th pic–my day 6 and 7 twist-out look








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