Years ago, Cofounder of Urban Bush Babes Cipriana pictured above, gave us the secret to her long 4C natural hair and I am going, to be honest, I thought to myself there has to be more to it than that.
Cipriana said that she does loose twists in her hair 99% of the time and uses those twists to create updo styles which she wore quite often.
The manner in which she handled her hair just from the video showed the level of manipulation she probably did on a weekly basis, which was low to almost zero.
I have no idea if Cipriana’s regimen is the same today but looking back there is a lesson to be learned from how she handles her 4C hair.
Why loose twists are a great option for Afro-textured hair
Afro textured hair thrives on moisture and low manipulation because the texture and shape of each individual strand can easily lead to knots, tangles and breakage.
When you do loose twists you allow the hair to stay organized as it grows out and keeps chunks of the hair together because there is strength in numbers.
Curlier textures naturally do this when they clump together after being properly moisturized. Clumps are great because your hair naturally protects itself that way. Clumps are stronger than individual curls so unless you want to create a fro let your clumps remain intact.
How to do a loose twist
The technique is simple, but you just grab pieces of your hair and loosely twist them together then style the loose twists in whatever style you want.
Watch Cipriana do it here (skip to 2:38):
Here is Alicia James demonstrating her loose twists who used to use a similar regimen as well:
4C natural hair does not need a ton of manipulation to thrive it needs care and minimal styling. At the end of the day when we do cute styles that is pretty much for our own satisfaction, which is ok, but just know that for your hair to retain length the less you do the better.