Monday, January 24, 2011

Twist Series: Growth & Length Retention IV

Micro twists (real hair)
  • I want to know how often should you moisturize in twists? I tend to do it everyday, and my hair ends up fuzzy!
I moisturize 1x a week, thus minimizing frizz, fuzz, and shrinkage.  I'm a big believer that if a moisturizer is doing what it's supposed to do, one wouldn't have to use it daily.  Try experimenting with other products if the one you are using just isn't keeping your hair moisturized.  Additionally, look into what you are using for your deep conditioner.  In my experience, a good deep condition and moisturizer on the day of twisting is key!  (Other than this method, you can plait your twists until they airdry to minimize the fuzz.)

  • at what length should you start wearing twists for length retention? i have about eight inches of hair all around and any time i try to do twists, it just looks ridiculous if i don't pin it up into a style. should i just refrain from doing twists until i get more length?

You can start wearing twists at any length that you are able to do so.  I will admit that when my hair was shorter, I felt ridiculous wearing twists to work.  However, after playing with them for some time, I was able to find a "suitable" style that was comfortable for me.  Eight inches is actually a good length for versatile twist styles.  In the next post, I'll include some pictures of style ideas for all lengths.  Stay tuned ...

19 comments:

  1. thanks for answering my 2bd question (re length)! im looking forward to the 3 in 6 challenge. just got my tub of coconut oil today and last week i worked on my box braid and twist techniques. i feel positive!

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  2. @Camille Acey: You're welcome! Wow, you are ON it. Good job. :o)

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  3. "I'm a big believer that if a moisturizer is doing what it's supposed to do, one wouldn't have to use it daily."

    I believe this too. I never understood the daily moisturizing thing--once every wash (5-7 days) is enough for me.

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  4. How do you moisturize in twists or in braids? Do you undo them and moisturize or do you apply the product over them?

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  5. @Anonymous:
    Hi there. I apply the product over them. More details here: http://hairandhealth.blogspot.com/2010/09/twist-series-maintenance-i.html. ...

    (or click the "Twist Series: Maintenance I" link above. :o)

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  6. hi Loo, gr8 tips! still gatherin up my products, (have to get me some coconut oil and aloe vera gel esp. since I live in the Caribbean but work in A/C) just wondering, did you ever have a problem spot in your hair that for example got more split ends than other parts? I have a spot in the back middle and I'm trying to determine the cause

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  7. Hey Loo, the blog is jumping (as it should!). I love your take on moisture, it will be my big change this year.

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  8. "I love your take on moisture, it will be my big change this year."

    @JC - Amen to that! Loo is liable to put a number of companies out of business with this news...and protect some poor babies' college savings plans to boot! Ever since I started using my shea butter mix, I justlost the feeling that I need to be shelling out all my hard earned money for the latest overpriced miracle product of the month. Also, I am no longer following this popular "wet your hair a couple times a week thing" either. Might work for some but it has consistently meant hairstyle destruction for me. If I can at least stretch washes to every two weeks, that'll save me a ton of time and aggravation. Thank the heavens for Loo!

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  9. @Karlene: Thanks! :o) I have a couple "delicate" spots at the crown and at the nape. My nape (back middle) is very fragile, so if I don't monitor it, it gets split ends and starts thinning. My crown is very coarse, so if I'm not patient with it during detangling, it gets split ends and breaks. Perhaps, your back middle is like mine? Do you treat it extra careful in comparison to the rest of your hair?

    @Jc: Thanks so much for spreading the word, Jc! Let me know how the new take on moisture goes. :o)

    @Camille Acey: ::blushing:: Thanks, Camille! LOL at "putting a number of companies out of business with this news". I really do stand by the moisture comment. Let me know how it continues to work for you! :o)

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  10. Thanks for the reply! ummm....yes but probably not enough...I just trim it every time I feel the ends feeling kind of coarse and try to smooth in the conditioner a bit more into those areas most of the time I do protective styling in cornrows for about 2/3 weeks so it's not exactly exposed. It just happens. Is there any relation to diet and split ends?

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  11. How long does it take you to do a set of micro twists? I'm kind of itching to put some in, but it usually takes me forever and I don't have the time for that right now.

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  12. @Karlene: Sounds like you're taking good care of it. There is definitely a relation to hair and diet (which can later reflect in the form of split ends). Ideally this challenge will help that since part of the focus is what we eat. :o)

    @J: It took me about 6-7 hours. That was January of last year and I haven't had the patience to do another set since. I love the look but wish it didn't take so long. Maybe I'll do another set in March. :o)

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  13. gr8 thanks! can you also recommend a good multivitamin? i currently take one a day womens and biotin and my plan for the challenge is to take Vitamin E, possibly flaxseed oil capsules, biotin and a multivitamin.

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  14. @Karlene: You're welcome! You're actually all set with One A Day Women's as a multivitamin. It's better than many other multivitamins out there because it supplements nutrients where most women are lacking (e.g., iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin D). :o)

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  15. I have read all of the twists series and I find them very informative. Thank you Loo!! What caught me by surprise was the weekly moisturizing. I never heard of a natural who goes that long without moisturizing. I'm always learning something new. I'm up for the challenge.

    @Karlene, I only use One a Day Womens, which was recommended by my doctor. He told me that was all I need for proper nutrient. With a multivitamin, sufficient water, fruits, and vegetables intake, you should be just fine. I have a feeling that this is going to be a healthy challenge.

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  16. Thanks Loo and Devonee!

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  17. @Devonee & Karlene: You're welcome, ladies! :o)

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  18. Hi, I am in the UK, and cannot seem to get the coconut oil. I am a late starter, have been transitioning for about a year, not looking after my hair, then I began to realize that not looking after my hair, and just hiding under a wig, will not allow it to grow!!

    Anyway I started surfing the net for solutions, because I have always had long hair, but had a bad experience with a hairdresser who put my hair in braids and cut my hair when tidying it up. Consequently, my hair was uneven, so I had to cut it into a graduated bob. I had never had short hair at the back and my neck was bare for the first time in my life!!

    Now would like my length back, and with the tlc I am now giving my hair, need as much support and help as possible please. Hair can get to looking like puffs when I used to cane row it, and the ends would pull out. My hair is very thick at the end and I would like some suggestions as to how to alleviate this please.

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