My hair has been natural or chemical-free, given that about my junior year of college, when I decided to fix the mystery of what my curl pattern actually appeared like. I’ve been happily rocking my securely wound coils since I discovered.
Although my hair journey to natural has actually been rewarding, it certainly hasn’t been simple and easy (something most natural-haired women can testify to). It has actually taken a great deal of experimentation to figure out which styling techniques work best for me. Now I can say with absolute certainty that aside from using the rather basic method of a wash-and-go– which actually includes moistening the hair and letting it air dry– to accomplish the perfect curl, a twist out is absolutely my go-to.
There are a lot of variables that can make a difference in the outcome of the twist out style that numerous long time naturalists do not even know. Is my hair fully detailed? Am I using the best items? Where on earth is my satin bonnet?
1. Your hair isn’t completely detailed prior to twisting.
First things initially– your hair needs to be completely devoid of knots and tangles prior to beginning the procedure. It’s practically impossible to different hair correctly into areas to twist without doing so. “It’s finest to detangle your hair thoroughly in order to get the very best definition,” Rodriguez informs SELF. “Proper detailing will assist you avoid damage, and most notably detangling plays a role in how well your hairstyle will turn out.” Smooth, tangle-free hair ensures an even finishing of item, along with less time spent crafting your real twists– your arms will thank you.
2. You’re not utilizing the ideal items for your hair texture.
Considering that everybody’s hair texture is various, even amongst natural hair types, determining which products actually work for your hair type is incredibly important. If you desire soft, fluffier curls after taking down your twists, using a cream-based product is ideal. For more specified curls, Bova suggests using a twisting gel for extra hold, or an item that is a mix of both.
“For the ideal twist out, I suggest finding a cream-based product that has a considerable quantity of gold in the formula,” Bova says. “Hydratherma Naturals Aloe Curl Enhancing Twisting Cream has exactly that. For a softer finish, I suggest the KeraCare Natural Textures Twist & Define Cream. This formula is boosted with botanicals and castor oil. I am a big fan of castor oil.” For those who naturally get more of a for than defining curls, she suggests the Mizani True Textures Twist and Coil Jelly, which offer a bit more hold so hair can take the shape of twists or knots more efficiently.
3. You’re utilizing too much item when twisting.
To be completely transparent, I’m guilty of making this error more times than I ‘d like to admit. Since my hair tends to be a bit on the dryer side, I in some cases overcompensate with extra product to make certain each area is properly filled. Utilizing too much product can frequently result in a not successful twist out or absence of curl, considering that the hair will likely moist appropriately, even overnight.
4. You’re not letting your hair entirely dry prior to untwisting it.
I can’t even begin to describe the variety of times I prematurely untwisted my hair, and each time I did, my curls were dull at best. Perseverance is a virtue: It’s vital that hair is totally dry– that is, that the product you used for your twists has been worked in and settled into the hair– prior to unwinding them. “It is probably the most essential action in the twist out procedure for hair to be completely dry prior to moving on with the ultimate style,” Rodriguez tells SELF. “If you untwist your hair while it is still wet, you might cause frizz and absence definition in your hairstyle.” As soon as your wrists are fully dry, you will have the most meaning and your design will likewise last longer, and Bova agrees. “If you’re not offering the hair a possibility to set, the wet hair will not handle the shape preferred. Sit under the clothes dryer and watch your favorite program.” If you do not have a hooded dryer in your home, you can also use a regular blow clothes dryer to assist get twists as dry as possible.
5. You’re not letting your hair cool off effectively.
Even if you’re convinced that your hair is completely dry, you’re doing yourself– and your next selfie for Instagram– a disservice if you don’t let it completely cool down after drying it. Chances are, you’ll likely still have a couple of damp areas that you didn’t see. Bova advises letting hair cool for about half an hour or two, then going back under heat for an additional cycle, and lastly permitting hair to cool off once again to test for any remaining moisture. This will guarantee that you’re not untwisting your hair too soon.
6. You’re not twisting your hair during the night.
It can often be tiring to need to twist your curls every night (believe me, I understand from experience), however you’ll thank yourself every early morning for doing it. This design can rapidly lose steam over a number of days, so twisting your curls helps to lock it in for bit longer. “To maintain your tits out for a longer duration of time you can either retwist nighttime or attempt the pineapple– or gathering hair at the top of the head– style. This depends upon your hair length,” states Rodriguez. “If you have much shorter hair, it may be best to resist every night to keep your hairdo. If your hair is longer, you can pineapple your hair.” For 2nd or 3rd day curls, Bova suggests Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Hold and Shine Moisture Mist to restore curls. Expert suggestion: Spray curls and twist hair prior to the spray dry.
7. You’re going to sleep without covering your hair first.
Even if you wish to let your curls drop over time, wrapping your hair with either a satin scarf or bonnet is crucial to maintaining your style and preventing frizz. “To maintain your tits out for a longer duration of time, I absolutely suggest sleeping with a silky headscarf connected around your head,” Bova tells SELF. “Your curls will be much better consisted of while you’re setting.”