Saturday, April 25, 2009

Healthy Hairstyling #1: The Twistout

The twistout is one of many hairstyle options you can do to maintain healthy hair. It requires no heat usage, thus preventing heat damage. It can be worn for days at a time, therefore requiring little mechanical manipulation to our tresses. With the twistout there is no tension on the scalp, and thus no damage to the hair follicle. What's more? It is simply a hot hairstyle for any length of natural or chemically straightened hair!

HOW TO DO A TWISTOUT:
1. Wash and condition the hair as usual.
2. Apply a mixture of butter (e.g., shea, mango, etc.) and gel OR butter and oil. (You can throw in other ingredients, like conditioner, if you like.)
3. Two-strand twist the hair.
4. Reapply butter mixture to the ends of each twist.
5. Allow the hair to air dry fully.
6. Separate each twist into two sections for longer lasting twistouts. (More sections for volume.)
7. Fluff the hair at the roots.

MAINTAINING A TWISTOUT:
The smaller your two-strand twists AND the longer you leave them in, the longer your twistout will last and more defined it will be. The key to maintaining the style is to simply leave the hair alone. The more you fiddle with the hair, the shorter the life of the style. Before you go to bed, put on a silk/satin bonnet to keep the twistout intact. In the morning, simply fluff the twistout with your hands. Re-moisturizing should be kept to a minimum though not at the expense of dry hair. If you must re-moisturize, spritz your hair lightly with your favorite product. Try to stay away from products that contain glycerin, which is a natural humectant and may shorten the duration of your twistout. EDITED TO ADD (Thanks, Jai!): Another way to maintain a twistout is to do about 8 big twists at night and sleep with a satin bonnet/scarf then untwist and fluff in the morning. This will keep the frizzies at bay.

STYLE DURATION:
About 3 to 7 days for naturally curly, coily, and kinky hair.
About 2 to 4 days for chemically straightened hair.

HOW TO VIDEO:
If you are a visual learner, the following videos may help guide you as you try the twistout. I think the lady does a great job perfecting the look. What follows are videos #3 and #5; check out her youtube page for the entire series.

VIDEO #3 (Twisting)
VIDEO #5 (Twistout)

5 comments:

  1. I love your hair! Beautiful! :-)

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  2. I enjoy reading your article about hair care for it is my passion as well. You might be interested to join my Hair Spa | Styling Party. I'll be pleased to share techniques in massage, masking and moisturizing to get your hair to where you want it to be. I bet you'll gonna enjoy it.

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  3. I love this article! First out, your twistout looks so soft and moisturized with sheen. I love the way you include it as a healthy hairstyle. Most people know that twists are healthy, but the twistout and other set hairstyles need more recognition. It's routine for me now and I still notice my hair flourishing. I'm glad that you also posted on not just styling, but maintaining. I've had trouble maintaining my twistouts and I've wondered how people get them to last a few days (if worn down). I'm going to re-visit these tips. Thanks!

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  4. Another way to maintain a twistout is to do about 8 big twists at night and sleep with a satin bonnett/scarf then untwist and fluff in the morning. I can wear a twistout for a week this way.

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