Current Product Rotation:
- Shampoos–CURLS Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream, KeraCare Natural Textures Cleansing Cream, Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo
- Deep Conditioners– Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment , Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose, Myhoneychild Olive You, Curl Junkie Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment
- Rinse-out or Detangling Conditioners– Herbal Essence’s Totally Twisted or Hello Hydration, Yes To Carrots or Cucumbers, Aussie Moist
- Leave-in Conditioners and Stylers– CURLS Whipped Cream, CURLS Curl Souffle, CURLS Milkshake, KeraCare Twist & Define Cream, KeraCare Natural Textures Leave-in.
- Sealant– Afrikan Republic Unrefined Shea Butter from Butters-n-Bars.
- Henna – Bridal Art Quality Jamila from Butters-n-Bars.com. I buy the Jamila in the foil pouch only, not the cellophane.
- Tools- Denman D83 for smoothing prior to twisting and the Ouidad Double Detangler for detangling in the shower.
Hair Styles (listed in order of how often it is worn):
- Dry Twist-n-Curl (see below)
- Chunky Twist-n-Curl (looser waves, and easier to do!)
Every other Saturday (yes, twice a month) afternoon I do the following:
- Thoroughly saturate hair with water in the shower, and divide into two (left and right).
- Cleanse hair with shampoo– one side at a time.
- Apply conditioner of the day to both sides in a smooshing motion (usually Aussie).
- Pass my head back under the shower stream for a second, for better distribution and added slip.
- Clip the hair up and out of the way while I complete shower rituals.
- Take down the right side and finger detangle a bit — detangling the rest under the water stream with Ouidad Double Detangler after the big knots are out. Follow up with the left side. If the conditioner is washed away and tangles are left, I add more conditioner, and repeat. The power of the water stream and the slip of the conditioner should make detangling a breeze!
- Hop out of the shower, allow hair to dry for 15 minutes… blot with microfiber towel.
- Make 8-10 twists- 4 or 5 on each side. **This step is to stretch the hair for the ‘real’ hairstyle**. You could also pull the hair into a bun, do cornrows, a roller-set, chunky plaits, or band. (If you don’t have time to do a wet set to stretch your hair in preparation for a dry set, you can blow dry your hair on warm, concentrating on the roots, and skipping the ends. A twist or braid-out on blown out hair may not last very long, but you’ll definitely be rocking the Joan from Girlfriends look. I would reserve this style for special occasions. The blow dryer is definitely a frenemy.)
- Seal the ends with shea.
- Allow to airdry overnight, using a bonnet dryer if you’re in a rush.
- The next morning (Sunday), take down the twists and finger detangle if necessary. Divide hair into two. I now prepare to twist my dry hair for a wavy effect.
- I do 10-11 twists total, 5 on each side (two in the back, one above my ear, one framing my face, and one immediately behind that one), and one at the crown.
- Start with the back- left side. Brush the hair out (this is optional… I use a Denman paddle, but a wide tooth comb or fingers should suffice), apply a teeny bit of CURLS Souffle (leaves no residue and adds lots of moisture and shine), and twist with wet hands. Set the end on a flexi rod , and move on to the next one. Sometimes I skip the wet hands… the CURLS Souffle is wet enough and without the water results in a smoother set.
- Complete all twists in the same manner– adding CURLS Souffle along the way.
- Once all the twists are damp and the ends are rolled, I tie on a satin scarf, leaving the twists dangling, but the crown secure to control the frizzies.
- On Monday morning, I carefully take down each twist and fluff.
Preserving the Style:
- I re-twist once or twice a week. Since the hair is somewhat straightened and already detangled, my fingers and the Ouidad Double Detangler (instead of brushing) gets the job done.
- On nights that I don’t re-twist, I pineapple (gather the hair at the crown and secure with a loose, satin scrunchy, and tie on a scarf), and sleep on a satin pillow case. I fluff the next morning with Philip B Formula 57 Serum.
I’ve been experimenting with this routine for a little over two months now. I like that I don’t have to wet my hair as often (only twice a month), and that it yields fluffy, HUGE hair on day one. It makes my hair look thick, healthy, and full of life.
** I will resume once per month henna’ing soon.
**I deep treat once a month.