Protective Styling: Mini Twists And Mini Braids Tutorial And Care

Protective Styling Mini Twists And Mini Braids Tutorials And Care

Mini Twist Care

Mini twists are a particular favorite with natural ladies not least because they are beautiful and can be styled in numerous ways but they are also very easy to take down and provided that you care for them right, length retention is outstanding!

I will tell you the truth, I have had only one experience of mini twists myself and it wasn’t a great one. I made the fatal mistake of washing them as I would my mini braids and that caused unbelievable tangling and knots when taking them down.

As a result, I generally don’t recommend washing mini twists weekly as you would any other protective style. As with my recent protective styling post on Havana twists, I suggest that boosting your moisturization routine using pure water or braid sprays while keeping your scalp clean using an astringent like witch hazel, is a better tactic.

I have seen ladies like Naptural85 have success with washing and deep conditioning mini twists so it would seem that success rely’s mainly on how your own hair behaves while in twists.

From my observations I have found that if your hair tends to form pretty defined clumps and all your hair’s tends to curl in the same direction, then you may not have any problems after washing and deep conditioning your mini twists. If on the other hand you have the type of hair that loves to create frizz or ‘halo hair’ after a while whether it clumps or not, then washing the twists may do more harm than good.

If you genuinely don’t know how your hair behaves then I would suggest that you try washing just a small section of your mini twists without rubbing too much and see how your hair responds after it dries.

If your parts remain relatively neat and tidy with no intermingling of the strands between twists then carry on and wash all of them. If on the other hand you find that there is some tangling, just leave it and redo those twists as it’s not worth the trouble!


Always install mini twist of freshly washed and deep conditioned (preferably with a protein conditioner) hair before you install them. Do not leave the mini twists in for more than 8 weeks otherwise some serious matting may ensue. Here’s an excellent tutorial by KinkyKurlyQueen on how to install mini twists:

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I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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LaToya

It really makes a big difference with the tangles and knots if you braid the mini twists into sections and wash and condition with the braids in.

Aija Lisinska

Ooo i like this stile mini twist or braid

Racquel Barrett-Wallace

Worth watching.

Zola Tara

My sister and I used to do mini braids when we were in high school. it’s soooo cool. the longer the hair, the better…

Doudnygee Hillary

It’s nice n all but, sorry I dnt have patient for it.