Another Hair Tip Tuesday focusing on how to perfect the infamous twist-out! I also hope you were able to check out my Fall Hair Care Tips post from last week :o) Also, here’s a re-cap of the previous 5 Twist-out tips
While this definitely protects your hair and helps retain your length BUT the important part, relating to twist-outs, is that you twirl the ends around your finger as you finish twisting.
The twirling action “clumps” your hair and makes the curl pattern uniform at the end. When the ends of your twist-outs are neat and tidy, it looks so much better and can compensate for any other parts of your hair that may be a bit frizzy towards the roots. It almost disguises it!
If it were the other way around (frizzy ends, defined roots) it can ruin the whole look. By now, you may know how beneficial sealing the ends of your hair is anyway ;o)
Hey!! This post is long overdue but hopefully you can still incorporate some of the things I discuss ((if you haven’t already :o) ))
This is actually a semi re-post from last year but I have re-vamped it teeny bit so if this a refresher or completely new, I hope you’re still able to gain something!
It’s Fall! And if you live on the U.S. East coast, like me, or cooler climates, you know what this means—Layers, comfy sweaters, cute coats, warm scarves, boots and….no humidity!
That’s a great thing right? Well, sort of, it means less frizz for our hair but it also means there is virtually no moisture in the air so lots of naturals experience dryer hair during the fall/winter months so we have to take EXTRA measures to keep our hair moisturized. ((of course this is all relative to where you geographically live and what the climate is like, etc.))
This also means being frugal with humectants products (or being super careful if you just can’t resist). Here’s why, humectants pull moisture from the environment intoyour hair. If there is no moisture in the environment, the effect is reversed and it pulls moisture fromyour hair thus drying it out! Not good. This is also why it is even moreimportant to properly sealthe entire length of your hair and not just the ends.
Here’s a few handy tips on keeping your hair moisturized during the dryer months:
Deep Condition weekly…no excuses! Even if its just for 15 mins. Now that I have a Hair Therapy Warp Thermal Turban, it is super easy to get a lil DC session in every wash day :o)
Opt for steam treatments or the Green House Effect Treatments. You can even let the steam from your shower give you a moisture boost. THIS is my fav thing to do for my hair in the dry months. I do the GHE the night before I wash. And now that I have my beloved Ebonnet to wear over the plastic cap, it helps create even more of a “steamy” environment :o)
Use heavier, buttery products (like WonderCurl Butter Than Love or The Gud Stuff) to seal in moisture and keep it locked in. Apply when your hair is damp/wet to ensure the moisture gets sealed in. This also protects your hair from the elements.
Shampoo less (if you can manage this one, if you are like me, I still have to shampoo weekly with shampoo bars!). Try co-washing more as well :o)
Oil your scalp…. ok don’t go crazy with this one or you will have to shampoo more often and clog the pores on your scalp. Use a light oil mixed with essential oils or this Bee Mine Serum
Protect the hair around your nape and your ends <——– !!!!!!!!!! The friction from the collars of those cute sweaters, coats and scarves can cause breakage and stunt growth. They also suck all the moisture out of your hair. I remedy this by applying a bit more product to those areas daily so my hair is “lubricated” and glides over whatever fabric I have on.
Wear protective styles….I am just saying this one in case you’re into this kind of stuff :) I wear my hair out pretty much every day!
—- What are some Fall hair care tips you may have!?
I know this sounds kind of backwards right? Avoid water but our hair needs moisture?! Well, water based products definitely have their benefits BUT remember, frizz is caused by moisture ((water)) and the point is to reduce frizz if you want your twists last longer and look neater.
The thing with water-based products, and when I say products, I mean whatever you apply when you’re setting your twists, is that your hair and the product MUST dry COMPLETELY before you attempt to un-twist. This is especially important if you live in humid climates since the moisture in the air will “activate” the water-based product making your hair moist again and result in frizz. Try sticking with oil/butter based products if your goal is longevity!
***SIDE BAR: This tip MAY apply to products containing humectants…for some people. I say this because aloe vera is a humectant BUT I get THE best twist-outs when I use products that contain aloe. But those products are still not water based, they are oil based. So maybe the combo of aloe and the oil/butter sort of “cancels” out the frizz? I am not sure and it could just be me but I figured I’d put that out there ;o)
4 : : Twist using a mixture of a butter and gel product
This is actually something I JUST discovered and am kind of mad I never thought about before lol I first tried this when I made my homemade flax seed gel and I LOVED my twists! The gel provides super hold and keeps frizz at bay and the butter cancels out any crunchiness from the gel and keep the hair moisturized and soft! It’s a perfect combo. I also like how the gel keeps my hair from feeling oily from the butter as well. When using a gel, avoid gels with alcohol and use gels like the flax seed, aloe, eco-styler or this one from Koils by Nature or from good ole Karen’s Body Beautiful:o) Anything with aloe as the first or second ingredientalmost always gives me amazing results!
— Have you utilized any twist-out tips yet!? Have they helped?
Hey!! Back with another tip for perfecting a twist-out….my fav hairstyle!
3 : : Let your twists “set” longer
I try to twist my hair as early as possible the day before I decide to untwist them. This gives my hair more time to “set” AND dry completely. Letting them set longer also makes your hair smoother which means less frizz! Now I am not one to actually wear the twists out (I don’t like the Color Purple look on me lol ), but if I do, I may rock a hat or scarf if I am just running errands and what not. The point is, the longer you leave the twists in, the “deeper” the curl pattern from the twists are set in!
Lastly, Here’s a re-cap of the fist 2 tips I share these past couple of weeks. If you have some of your own tips, feel free to drop me a line and share the knowledge :o)
….and here is Tip #2 of however-many-I-can-think-of-till-I-run-out!
2 :: Make your twists smaller
Section your twists using less hair (you will end up having to create more twists of course). When you make your twists in smaller sections, you create more definition and a tighter curl pattern. The benefit is that it will take more time for your hair to frizz out and lose its shape. This means you can rock your twist-out longer! So by the end of the week, your hair will get a little bigger each day lol but your hair will still be defined!
Hey! I haven’t posted Tip Tuesday in awhile so I am back with a series of tips actually. I almost always wear my hair in twist-outs pretty much every day lol ((gotta love variety!)) and I get lots of questions on how I do them and make them last so I decided to compile my tips and I will post one every week until I run out!!! LMAO!!
I really love twist-outs because they work on any textured hair type ((YES ANY textured hair type)) and they look great on pretty much everyone! Anyone who may object my last statement must not have figured out what works for them because I guarantee twist-outs CAN work on any textured hair type!
Twist-outs have also helped me maintain my hair, length and keep it healthy. They are super easy to do and with low-manipulation. They lock in the moisture and nutrients from your product(s) of choice, there is no heat involved, you can wear it any time of the year, they can rescue bad hair days, salvage any almost any hairstyle without having to wash and start all over (meaning you can do a twist out on any old hairstyle by simply re-wetting your hair)….the list goes on and on. I just love them hehe Oh and of course…..it looks CUTE! duh! :o)
Alrighty, well here’s tip #1 of however-many-I-can-think-of-till-I-run-out!
1 :: Twist your hair when it is still wet/damp, like 90% wet but not dripping
…..and be sure its COMPLETELY dry before you untwist! Twisting on wet hair will give you more definition because when it dries, it will have “locked-in” and set the twist pattern created by the twists. After I wash, I wrap a t-shirt around my head while I get dressed, etc. ((about 10-15 mins or so)) By the time I am ready to apply my product and twist, the excess water will have been absorbed. I use a t-shirt instead of a towel because it helps keep frizz at a minimum.
Check back every (<—-I promise!) Tuesday for more twist-out tips! :o)