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Long Lasting Natural Hair Styles- A Routine for the Time Challenged

By January 27th, 202113 Comments

Long Lasting Natural Hair Styles- A Routine for the Time Challenged

by Jamila of CollegeCurlies

Hey y’all! I was talking to my sister the other day, and I asked her what she thought folks would be interested in reading about on a hair blog. One of her biggest challenges with natural hair is finding styles that will last multiple days– she’s got a super busy schedule and can’t be bothered with daily co-washing and styling. She finds that her twist-outs don’t last more than a day, and that she ends up with flat smooshy hair after one night.

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My suggestion is to plan for a three part style:
1) Twists
2) Twist-Out
3) Styled Look (updo, bun, etc).

Day 1
Long Lasting Natural Hair Styles- A Routine for the Time Challenged

Long Lasting Natural Hair Styles- A Routine for the Time Challenged

Long Lasting Natural Hair Styles- A Routine for the Time Challenged
Day 3 Long Lasting Natural Hair Styles- A Routine for the Time Challenged
I love this routine because I ‘do’ my hair once (two-strand twisting on freshly washed/co-washed hair), and then rock out with simple, quick looks the next two days. You can even stretch this out further by wearing the twists/ twist-out/ updo for several days, which is my usual option if I’m pressed for time during the week.

I usually wear my twists underneath a bonnet for a day, then rock a twist out, and then style it in various styles throughout the week. To make my twist outs last last even more, I’ll re-twist (using a bit of coconut oil) in big, chunky twists at night and wear it again the next day.

I shampoo and deep condition every Sunday, and co-wash in the middle of the week– so this routine works wonders for me, and saves me lots of time and energy. When my three (or four) days are up, I’m ready to co-wash and do it again!
What do you do to save time on styling?


  • DiscoveringNatural says:

    Here is how I get 2 weeks hair. I medium two strand twists all my hair on wash day. Then for the first week, I wear it in a updo. Half of second week, I can wear it in a pony tail or bun, and the last half two before wash day, I wear it twisted out. I might have to wear a beanie on half my hair the day before wash day, but I am cool with that.

  • Anonymous says:

    I recently tried out her day one look with a beanie. I got alot of compliments, so thanks for the post 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    I do pretty much the same. Saturday is my wash/condish/deep condish day. I do two strand twists for two days, twistout for two or three days, then updos for the remainder of time. I find when I spritz with water, evoo, and aloe vera gel mixture, I get the fuzzies much quicker. Any suggestions?

  • Mrs. Roots says:

    I do the tightly curly method – apply a lot of conditioner on sopping wet hair, leave it in, brush with a Denman to define my curls, let air-dry. The curl definition lasts six to seven days on me. I simply re-wet my hair in the morning and rub a little conditioner in my hands to refresh the curls. I've been wearing the back of my hair in a loose pony because of how hot it's been and wearing the front in a twist out that usually lasts three days. I bun the back of my hair at night and twist the front.

  • Anonymous says:

    This is great advice and I love all 3 hairstyles. I pretty much do the same. I put my hair in twists, wear them for about a week, then for the next week, I rock a twist out. I'm able to make my twist out last for at least 4 or 5 days easy (because my hair is short at the moment). Then, the 3rd week, I do it all over again. Saves on time and keeps me from fussing with my hair too much. But I can't wait until my hair gets longer. Then the fun will truly begin as I can experiment with more styles.

  • luvmylocs says:

    all 3 days of her style are CUTE!! i'd say maybe one or two more days with the hair in twists would likely lead to a longer twist out so by the time she felt she needed an updo her hair would be almost a week old or older. i'm experimenting with this very thing myself now since i'm realizing wash and go is a no-go for me.

  • Nappymarge says:

    I wear my twist for 2 days, than rock my twist outs for 5 days. I don't fluff my twist when I open them. I allow them to fluff as the days go bye by itself. I apply a small amount of hairveda almond glaze every evening before bed time and spray it with my lavendar-glycerin mix the next morning. I'm just working on a 14 DAY twist out routine. If the hair starts to get to frizzy I just go for the afro puff.

  • Angie says:

    I can't believe that I never thought to do it this way! Once I'm done with my current braids, I'll try that out with twists! Thanks for sharing.

  • Anonymous says:

    I have a similiar routine to Jamila. I just stretched medium sized twists for 2weeks. I wore my hair in a pinned updo (ends protected). After 3-days, change the hairstyle to another updo by adding leave-in and shea butter to the twists. By the end of the week, set the ends of the twist on rods with a setting lotion, and did a twist and curl updo. And then ended the two wks, with a puff. Then ready to wash again.

  • atribitt says:

    i simply do a 7 day wash n go. I wear it out for 3 or 4 days, and then put it in a puff for 3 or 4 days. I refresh daily with a rosewater/glycerin/aloe vera juice mix, then fluff and go. wash, deep condition, and repeat. However, i'm coming up on my 1yr relaxer free mark, and i look forward to rocking two strand twists! this post was very helpful!

  • Anonymous says:

    I just bun. Between school, work, and working out I don't have the time to style and restyle everyday. I leave my bun in for about 3 days, take it down, wash and rebun for another 3 days. Easiest routine ever and my hair is loving it.

  • BKelz says:

    I wear my twists under a tam for a few days (usually until they start to look frizzy), then I wear a twist out that eventually looks like my usual twa after a day or two then it's time to wash again.

  • Natural-E says:

    This is great advice!

    Evelyn of
    *See my blog for an interview with Audrey Sivasothy, author of the Science of Black Hair!

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