I did two-strand twists all over. Then, I pinned them up in the back and on the sides. I used flexirods to curl the top twists. At night, I put the flexirods in. In the morning, I just take the flexirods out, fluff, and go! It’s an easy, protective style. And, it beats fighting the humidity this time of year. This is me on Day 2.
Below, is me on Day 6. I took the twists, on the top, apart and added some cute pins on each side – done! The curl definition of the twist-out is great, probably because the twists were so small. I may go one more week with this style. I like it, and it’s perfect for workout days, too!
I am learning to work with my 4C, corkscrew curly, hair. I’ve gotten quite frustrated at times. It’s thin, fragile and has a very tight curl pattern. A friend introduced me to a book called:
I was really happy to read a book about curly girls and their curly hair problems and solutions. There were so many great stories and solutions. What I learned was that girls with curls, no matter what nationality, have struggled with taming, styling and understanding how to maintain their curls. It was actually very comforting!
The author, Lorraine Massey, is a hair stylist who has worked with many different curly hair types – including her own – and has so much great advice! The contents range from hair type and curl pattern to styling and homemade recipes for maintenance.
At this point, I have only tried one remedy for maintaining moisture and defining my curls – conditioner! Styling with conditioner is something I would have never thought possible. I know what you’re saying “you are supposed to rinse the conditioner out, then style.” NOPE, not curly girls! See, the thing about curly hair is that it is more fragile than straight hair. So, the conditioner helps to strengthen and fill in the holes in the hair shaft. It also works like a setting lotion. BUT, you can’t just use any conditioner. It has to be alcohol free and botanical. Botanical conditioner is combined with fruit oils, plant oils, and other emollients that are good for moisturizing your hair.
So here is the result of my testing this method:
I found my curl! I am so excited and have received so many compliments. Shrinkage is my only dilemma, and I’ve decided to no longer worry about that. My hair shrinks about 75-80% of it’s true length. It just is what it is!