Twist-out Tips for Natural or Relaxed Hair!

Twist-outs are great for natural and relaxed hair!

My Latest Protective Style!

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.

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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!

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Day 6
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Day 6
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Day 6

Why Trim Your Hair?

Knowing when to trim your is a very important part of the process of growing long hair. Many women (and men) think trimming hair defeats the purpose of growing hair long.

BUT, when you trim away old dead ends, you make room for new healthy, stronger hair. So, here are three tell-tell signs that you need to trim your hair:

  1. You have split ends
  2. You have damaged hair
  3. Your hair is out of shape

Source: http://blackhair.about.com/od/blackhairproblems/tp/needhairtrim.htm?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pulsenews

Progress – 13 Mos. Post Big Chop

So, it’s been a couple months since I have blogged about my hair. I had been very frustrated with the progress the last couple of months. I see so many natural hair styles that I want to try, but my hair is not quite long enough to achieve. I went back to wearing my two-strand twists, which I am so tired of wearing. I had been afraid of trying a twist-out again because I work out so much and the moisture from sweating makes my hair frizz up ridiculously. But, for the last week I’ve been doing flat twist-outs and have been pleasantly surprised with the results. In the past, my twist-outs would turn into a frizzy twist-fro, and so I refused to try them again until now.

In the last six months, I have restrained myself from buying a bunch of new products. Most times, the products don’t actually do what they say they do, and I had been spending a lot of money unnecessarily. I just decided to learn to work with the products I had already bought. Many of them, I found to be OK, but a few just didn’t work for my texture. The ones that did not work got trashed. Finally, my bathroom cabinet shelves began to clear out, and much of the products I had been using were all gone or almost gone. Recently, I took a trip to the store to buy a few more new products. I’ve learned to buy the basics instead of something that says all these “wonderful” things on the label.

So, for the last week I’ve been using my new products to moisturize and set my hair at night. I still follow the LOC (leave-in conditioner, oil, cream) method, for the most part. I don’t always use leave-in conditioner everyday, as it tends to make my hair flaky. I do use a water/oil mix and my newest creme hair dress.

Here are the steps I take:

  1. Spritz my entire head with my water/oil mix. My staple oil is coconut oil.
  2. Spray entire head with argan/olive oil mix. I purchase argon oil and added olive oil once I go halfway through the bottle.
    argan oil/olive oil combo
  3. Spray entire head with Keratin spray.
    Keratin Therapy Treatment
  4. Apply Shea Butter Green Tea to hair, focusing on the ends.
    Shea Butter Green Tea
  5. Create 2-3 layers of short flat twists all over, applying Olive Oil Smooth & Hold pudding to the ends of the hair as you twist.
    Olive Oil Smooth-n-Hold Pudding

I also found that coiling the hair at the ends, as opposed to  twisting all the way to the end, helps minimize frizz when I take my twists a loose the next morning.  Here are the results: