3. Work on your twisting technique
Like I mentioned before technique is everything when trying to create perfect twists. You can opt to do a regular two strand twist or you can choose to do a rope twist, two strand being the easier of the two to accomplish.
A two strand twist is basically using a small or large section of hair depending on the size of twist you prefer, separating the section and wrapping it around each other until you are at the end of the section.
A rope twist lasts a bit longer than a two strand twist because though it is the same technique, prior to wrapping the sections around each other, you literally twist each of the separated sections around itself first.
This is hard to explain precisely so check out Sdestra’s video as she demonstrates the rope twist and the two strand twist on her beautiful daughter’s hair. The technique of twisting the strands before wrapping them essentially lends to the longevity and neater appearance of the twist.
4 Use a holding butter
Once your hair is stretched you are now ready to twist. At this point you want to grab some product to not only hydrate your hair, but hold it in place so that you can get rid of frizz and your twists can last more than just one night.
Holding butters(affiliate link) are great because they have two purposes; once you have moisturized your hair, your holding butter will help to seal the moisture in as well as hold the hair in place.
Hydrate your hair with something water based but do not spray your stretched hair or that will just create shrinkage all over again. Rather spray your hand and work the product in your hair, then grab your butter and smooth the hair in the same direction twisting immediately. If you do not have butter a light gel will work as well.
5. Cover your head to preserve the style
If you spend a lot of time creating your twists you will probably prefer for them to last for a long time. Your night and bath time routines play a significant role in how well your twists hold up.
Cover your hair every time you shower and wear a satin bonnet(affiliate link) every time you go to bed, it really is that simple. Satin bonnets(affiliate link) and ties help to keep the hair smooth while you sleep, and of course a shower cap(affiliate link) will prevent the steam getting to your hair and turning your twists frizzy. The bottom line is protect your hair at all times.
6. Only wash if you absolutely have to
If you have an itchy scalp then I can understand the temptation to wash your hair, the great thing is there are ways to cleanse your scalp without doing a full blown wash.
Have you ever heard of the witch hazel trick? You haven’t? Well it is literally using a cotton ball soaked with witch hazel and using it to wipe your scalp. This astringent cleans your scalp keeping itchiness and dandruff at bay.
Some people have had success with washing twists regularly without causing tangling but be warned, if you have the type of hair that prefers to tangle, it can get really bad. If your hair starts to tangle you will have to remove the twists, redo them and avoid getting them wet for the duration of the style.
Originally posted 2013-12-02 15:00:22.