I had an epiphany while writing my last post. My Nappyversary was a month ago and I didn’t know. My journey to become natural has too many dates I didn’t know which to mark. Whether it was the day I had my last relaxer, day of my BC and my final trim when I cut off about 2 inches off my hair. Since Nappyversary is the day I became fully natural, I guess that would be my final trim, So happy nappyversary to me in arrears.
I have not done a length check but I like the length of my hair right now. I couldn’t have asked for better. My only issue is my hairline. I’ve accepted it the way it is though but I try not to damage it further.
Anybody who knows me, would know my go to style is a Twist out. I carry my hair in twists for a week, a twist out for the second then I wash my hair. I love twist outs. The curl pattern is lovely, its a low manipulation protective style and it gets better with time.
In response to the requests i’ve been getting, i’m gonna share my twist out life span for last week from scratch.
I washed my hair on Saturday, I did a protein deep condition with avocado, egg, lemon, conditioner, olive oil and coconut oil. My hair probably liked it but I won’t repeat it again.
After my wash, I had leftover avocado in my hair. Tried to get it out to no avail. I even dipped my whole head in a bucket of water and it still didn’t come off. The crazy things I’ve done for this hair ehn.
So i eventually twisted my damp hair after applying Cantu Shea butter leave in conditioner. I twisted with a styling cream and Jbco.
I would normally make small twists but I decided to make larger ones to save time.
The next day I loosened the twists.
Step 1: I unraveled the twists with olive oil in my hands.
Step 2: I separated each strand into smaller pieces with my oily fingers to reduce frizz.
Step 3: Picked the roots with a comb to lift the twist out and cover the scalp lines.
The twist out of day 1 was good, I had defined curls but the ends were my problem. They looked a little rough. I’m not really sure if they are supposed to look that way but I’m sure i’ve gotten the hang of it to about 65%. That’s because I feel I need to improve in certain areas like 100% curl definition, shrinkage and frizz.
At night I put my hair in a satin bonnet before going to bed. Some people retwist everything at night but not me. I try that and my hair looks like Medusa’s the next day.
I woke my hair up my fluffing and picked the roots again. I still had length by the next day and my ends had just started to wake up. The curls had begun to change and frizz.
I decided to moisturise by day 3 and my hair shrunk to a twa. Frizz was a lot but I liked the curl definition and my ends were better.
On day 4 I separated more strands and put it in a side swept puff with bobby pins.
By day 5 my hair was fierce!! I was so proud.
My twist outs look better with time and they definitely age well. By the end of day 5, i had to detangle! I’m always afraid of combing out my twist outs so I usually finger detangle by separating each hair strand one after the other. I put the hair in 4 sections and detangled. This way I prevent hair loss.
Some people ask me if they could twist out on relaxed hair and my answer is yes. It just won’t look the same. If I was relaxed, I would preferably twist my hair and curl with rollers or perm rods overnight.
I personally think this is too boring. Life is too short for boring hair.
More tips on defined twist outs:
– Roll the ends of your fingertips around your finger if it unravels before time.
– Seal the ends of your twist with Shea butter or a carrier oil to prevent moisture loss and breakage.
–Use oily hands to separate your twists. This adds shine and prevents frizz.
– Moisturise your edges often.
– The longer you keep your twists, the more defined the twist outs would be.
– Keep trying.