If you’ve never done a twist out before, I’m going to just give you an honest heads up: sometimes your twist out will look like complete garbage. I know. It’s sad. Shed three tears and then keep reading, because I’ve got some great tips for boosting the chances of your twist out’s success! Better yet, I’m going to teach you all how to make your twist out last for days!
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
I always see people online with the shiniest, smoothest, and softest looking fros of all time, but for some reason, my hair’s natural state is “brillo pad.” The problem is, dry, crunchy hair is really bad for twisting. If it’s too dry to allow for proper twisting then it won’t be able to hold any shape in the end.
When you do a twist out, I recommend taking the section you want to twist and dampening it with some water in a spray bottle. This will make it much easier to detangle and keep your hair from breaking off the minute it gets hit with a comb. Once my hair is detangled, I bring a defining and creamy product through it, like the Cantu Coconut Curling Cream – or in this case this Garnier Whole Blends Avocado Oil and Shea Butter Conditioner, because I’m broke as a joke. I follow it up with some oil and it is only then that I begin to twist.
Take It Out the Way You Put It In
Learn from my mistakes: Don’t Be Impatient!!! It’s so tempting to just pull the hair from about halfway up the twist to force the unraveling process, but it’s a one stop shop to Sad Twist City. This is especially true if you have crispy, crunchy ends that don’t want to part.
Forceful stretching of the hair during the take down process ends up stretching out the shape of any potential curl. Because of that, I recommend untwisting it – that is twist in reverse so that it unravels. Once it’s all undone, take your fingers through the roots and shake it up a bit to add volume and get rid of any weird parts.
Again, this is tedious. You’re going to be tired. Your hands will be all cramped up. You just won’t want to do it, but you kind of have to. Retwisting your hair is the only way to make sure it maintains it’s twist. Thankfully, twisting for maintanence never has to be as intense as the original work you do. In fact, you don’t even have to detangle.
Simply part your hair into about 4-6 twist ready sections. Put a little bit of oil and cream in the palm of your hand and gently rub it on a section. Then, put it into a loose twist. You don’t want to twist the hair too tight, because that will end up stretching it into a new shape. You just want to protect the sanctity of your new curls. Then, take it down in the morning like usual!
Bonus Tip: Don’t Let Damaged Ends Get You Down
Hair stylists everywhere are about to flip, but I really think everyone should own their own pair of hair scissors. Be the master of your own destiny – or really, the master of your own hair. Earlier I said that crispy, crunchy ends will ruin your twist out. They’ll get tangled together, form single strand knots, and little balls at the end of your twist and then your morning take down will be impossible.
So, whip out your trusty scissors! If you have damaged ends that are ready to go, you’ll probably notice while twisting. They’ll be way thinner than the rest of the twist and it’ll feel like you’re twisting two strings together. When you look in the mirror, it’ll like like a thick twist ends in a strand of hay. Cut that hay strand off! Removing the sad tangled end, will leave you with healthy hair that’s super easy to unravel in the morning!
What’s your fave natural haircare tip?
Thanks for reading!
Until next time, have an awesome rest of your day and an amazing rest of your week!