Just call me ‘two left hands Shorty’ because back in the day, I couldn’t twist, braid, cornrow, or flat twist to save my life. I quickly learned that these skills do not come naturally for some people; some of us have to learn techniques and practice often just to be successful.
With that said I accepted my fate and I practiced the art of twists and braids perfecting it as I went along in my journey and now I am happy to report that the twist out and braid out are my signature styles.
Now don’t get me wrong I still have work to do, after all I can only spell cornrow don’t ask me to attempt one (can we say epic fail?). When you do a twist, it really is more than just twisting your hair. There are a couple things you can add to the technique to make things a lot easier for yourself.
Without further ado here are some great tips for beautiful wearable twists.
1. Braid your roots
You will be aware of how annoying it can be to style your hair in gorgeous twists only to have it poof up at the roots instantly spoiling the effect. The solution to this is to braid about an inch down before you actually begin to twist your hair. This also has the added benefit of preventing your twist from unraveling all the way to the root should it loosen as time goes on.
Haircrush does a good job of explaining this point while she creates her twists.
2. Stretch your hair beforehand
Honestly stretching your hair before doing twists is the best way to achieve frizz and tangle free twists. Even though it is easier to twist wet hair, we all know that with shrinkage – especially on longer hair – creates an environment for the hair to wrap around itself, creating snarls and knots which can make your task that much harder.
You can choose to stretch your hair with heat or you can try some of heat-less ways of stretching your hair like banding or threading.
Originally posted 2013-12-02 15:00:22.