- The relaxed hair is gone; you even wore a short natural for a while. But now it’s getting longer…
- You decided to trim away the relaxed hair gradually and now you’re in that in-between stage dealing with two different textures…
What do you do with it? Twist it!
What’s so great about it?
If your hair has graduated from the afro, you may be clueless as to what to do with it. Your wash-n-go days are pretty much over. Twists make dealing with the kinkiest, curliest hair relatively easy. You don’t have to retwist every day; it’s possible for some twists to last up to 3 weeks or so. And if you’re thinking about locking, twists give you a general idea of what to expect.
If your hair is at the half-way mark but you can’t bear to part with the straight ends just yet, you may be having a touch time making to two textures blend. Twists add texture, style, and help “disguise” that line where kinky and straight hair meet.
Doing the Twist
The best time to do any styling is right after a good shampoo, but can mist your hair lightly with water if you want.
- Kinky hair: twist while damp or dry, but you’ll have two different results. Dry twists may not last as long and may unravel.
- Straight hair with kinky roots: twist while damp; the straight hair will set better this way.
Taking a one-inch square section of hair, divide the section into two parts. Starting at the scalp, entwine one part around the other and twist down until you reach the end of the section. Roll the end of the twist between your thumb and forefinger to create a coil that keep the twist together. You probably won’t need it, but a light gel or setting lotion can be applied either before or after twisting.
Once you get the hang of it, you can experiment with zig-zag or diamond partings. Just be sure to make each section roughly the same size.
Pay attention to:
-Your hair partings. It’s similar with braids: if the partings aren’t neat, even, and uniform, they’ll show up, and not in a good way.
-Remove all tangles so your twist will be smooth and without “lumps.”
What can be done with a twist?
Anything you can do with a braid, you can do with a twist. Set them on rollers. Twists them around themselves to form knots which you can then wear as it or undo to get a “crinkly” effect. You can even twists them around other twists. Or you can leave them alone and just let them hang.