I realized I’ve been straying away from the hair challenge that I signed up for last year!!! One of the points is to do protective styles to promote length retention. So from here out, I’ll be making conscious efforts to stay away from puffs, wash n go’s, and other loose styles.
It’s been almost a week since I co washed and styled my hair. I really wanted to try a new heat protectant I bought, but didn’t want to flat iron my hair. The style that popped in my mind was two strand twists on blown out hair.
Oils (I mixed in a bottle) coconut oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil
My shea coconut butter mixture
Water (to hold the ends of my hair)
Notes that helped me:
- While twisting the back I would occasionally look in a mirror to make sure I wasn’t making the twists too big. If there was too much space in between twists I just divided the over sized one in half.
- The front section of my hair, in general, becomes loose over time easier than the back of my head. To curb this, I made these twists smaller than the twists in the back.
- Once there was about a half inch from the end of my hair I’d dip my finger in water, and then continue to twist. To protect my ends I twisted as far as I could, and then twirled the twisted end with my wet finger. This made the end curl, and hold without the use of any gels.
- To get the twists to lay a certain way in the front I parted the front section before I began twisting. I made sure the twists stayed on their side of the part while I styled.
- Last time I did this style I noticed a lot of gaps in the back of my head that weren’t caught in the styling process. To avoid this, I’d grab a mirror and check while styling the front. Adjusting as needed helped eliminate this.
Wearing a satin scarf or bonnet can help without drying out your twists
Using a satin pillow case so moisture isn’t absorbed from your hair
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