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Rod Set Twist Out + Cornrow Chic

By January 27th, 202119 Comments

Happy June everyone, summer is officially here and I have made some hair changes. First change, my color. Y’all know I loved being a red head but I decided to go back to black.

Rod Set Twist Out + Cornrow Chic

The red was beautiful but beginning to become a little high maintenance. My hair was professionally colored by the same Aveda salon, I really like how clean and shiny my hair looks now that it’s darker. Colors are fun but dark hair I think is so sexy!

Next, I am on month three of hairfinity and I LOVE the vitamin line so much so that I have signed up to get them monthly in the mail. I keep my hair cornrowed 95% of the time. I found a new braider and she keeps my hair looking amazing. She is SO talented! Look, she even adds designs like hearts and stuff!

Rod Set Twist Out + Cornrow Chic

My hair has grown so much since my cut 2 months ago. Keeping it protected and taking the vitamins has helped tremendously with retaining length.

I always keep my bang area out when I have my protective style in, mainly because I just think it adds flare to the style. The lovely folks over at Shea Radiance sent me a bunch a new products to try and I wanted to test out one of them as a styling aide.

Rod Set Twist Out + Cornrow Chic

What I used:
SR’s Maximum Curl Defining Cream
CD’s Blow Dry Cream
14 perm rods

Rod Set Twist Out + Cornrow Chic

What I did:
Sectioned my hair (bang area) in 3 parts
*My hair was blown out/stretched. You can choose to style wet if you’d like.*

Flat twisted the right side to the right and the left side to the left
*I used the Shea Radiance Curl Defining Cream which seems to work best on my dry hair as a styler versus wet hair as a definer.*

The middle section was put in 6 medium sized twists

I used between 12- 14 perm rods on the ends to give the twist out more texture

Rod Set Twist Out + Cornrow Chic

Have you tried SheaRadiance?
Have you tried Hairfinity Vitamins? 

name is Alexandra Smith, I am 22 year old single mother of one,
full time Media Journalism student and business owner.I share my
curly girl experience and other kinky haired goodness on my site “The Good Hair Blog.”
My overall goal of blogging for the natural hair community is to
bring us together,men included by spreading knowledge, inspiration
and love about our diverse heads of hair


  • Cassandra [C.] says:

    Hmmm, I'm not sure. It may take some searching to find some the way you want. If you can't find smooth ones, try using end papers. They'll prevent your hair from coming into contact with the teeth and are supposed to make the ends come out smoother. They are also pretty cheap and come like hundreds in a box, I think mine has about 300 or so. . .

  • Anonymous says:

    I am trying to incorporate rods into my options, but does anyone know if there are rods available without the rough/raised "teeth".

  • Lavendar says:

    Beautiful design! I just tried Shea Radiance for the first time a couple of weeks ago. They had a 50% off sale, otherwise I wouldn't have tried them; plus my hair has always hated shea butter. I think the products are amazing. I can't believe the moisture and strength I got from the shampoo and condish. They are perfect for my fine transitioning hair. The Revitalizing oil is awesome too. Can't wait to try the Hair Milk; I've seen a few raves for that (Afrobella and Myleik @curlBOX) Wish I had gotten it during the sale.

  • Meika says:

    I havent tried either of those products but I must say that Alexandra's braided style is prettyful.

  • Nish says:

    I have never tried nor heard of Shea Radiance before and I'm sure that I will start to see it everywhere now, lol.
    Hairfinity Vitamins?!? You got me again. Biotin and Multi-vitamins are all that I have used thus far. I guess it's research time, thank you!

  • marianela says:

    Wow thanks for this, what awesome hairstyles to try. I can't wait!

  • Anonymous says:

    I agree with with anon 10:13 & 11:51 but it's cute in black though

  • jly says:

    Hairfinity Vitamins arte on my wish list I just promise my self that I would complete my old vitiamin regimen before I embark on a new one. As for the Shea Radiance, I have not heard about this before but I know to stay away from shea butter products I tried these kind of prodcuts several time and it just does not do any good in my hair. I even tried shea butter whip (that I made with olive, water, coconut and honey)….did not work out either so I stay away from shea for my hair

  • Anonymous says:

    I love her hair period, but I do appreciate how the black does look shinier. I really liked the intricancy of the braided heart style it was so fly.

    Brooke B.

  • Whisper29 says:

    I love the look its a bold statement but it works. the black color looks gorgeous. I have been doing research on the hair affinity vitamins before I order and so far I have heard many positive things.

  • Bridget says:

    Simply beautiful! Love the creativity. Your braider has some serious skills. As far as the product line (Shea Radiance) I have heard of it, but I am on a self-imposed no buy with regards to new products. I have way too many unused products in my cabinets to get through first.

  • 'Chone says:

    i dont think iv ever heard of that line and iv never tried their products but your hair looks amazing!! someone at my church did the same hairstyle and i couldnt stop staring 🙂 wish i knew how to braid lol

  • ABRUNNIN says:

    Maybe the highschoolers and college students can do this but ummm… The cornrow work is very detailed!! Big ups to your new braider 😀

  • Anonymous says:

    The cornrows are neat and the style really is funky.I happen to like cornrows but to make that style work for an office setting, maybe pin the top loose hair down in a pompadour or pin curls of sorts and then keep your attire, simple and classic? You never know if something will work until you try!
    Still in some really conservative places, you'd have to tone it down even more!

  • Brownstone Beauty says:

    That first style is so cute. I love to see creative hairstyles,like the cornrows with hearts, even though I play it safe.

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  • Anonymous says:

    Really cute and funky. As for SR, I haven't heard good things about that line.

  • Anonymous says:

    this is a pretty style and she has very beautiful/ thick textured hair. this is a very creative updo i would try out minus the hearts cause it won't be allowed at work.

  • Anonymous says:

    I think it's cute, but not my style. As far as professionalism, it depends on where you work. Not all folks work in an uptight, corporate, setting. So saying it doesn't look professional is a matter of personal opinion and preference.

  • Anonymous says:

    To be honest, this type of protective style (cornrows), is just not me. Plus, I don't think it looks very professional. My hair is about neck length when styled in a twist out, which I wear 99% of the time. As my hair grows out, I will plan on wearing more protective styles.

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