Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Twist Series: Long Lasting Twists

Here are some tips for increasing the wear of your twists:

1) Twist on dry, stretched hair.  
Twists done on wet hair tend to frizz faster than those done on dry, stretched hair.

2) Use a twist pudding.
Use a twist pudding to twist your hair.  This step will help to add hold to your twists.  The pudding can be made from a simple mix of gel, a butter (e.g., shea), and a little oil (optional).  Be sure not to use too much pudding.

3) Refrain from using moisturizers with humectants.
Prior to twisting, do not use a humectant-based moisturizer.  Humectants draw moisture from the air and can cause your twists to frizz faster.  Glycerin, propylene glycol, and honey are just a few examples of humectants.  (If you absolutely cannot do without humectants, then neglect this step because health comes before beauty.)

4) Use the rope/Senegalese twist method.
Take two strands, coil each one upon itself, and then twist.  The coiling makes for smoother, longer-lasting twists.  For a further description and tutorial of the rope/Senegalese twist method, check this post.

5) Wear a silk/satin scarf to bed.
Bonnets are fine, but scarves will lay down any frizzies and keep the style looking fresher longer.  Be sure not to tie the scarf too tight.

6) Wear a silk/satin scarf under your shower cap.
The scarf will reinforce protection of your style from the water and steam.

7) Keep moisturizing to a minimum.
If you are spritzing your twists daily, then your style will not last long.  Find a moisturizer or sealant that can allow you to go days, or even a week, without reapplication.

8) Keep washes to a minimum.
A good twist style can usually survive 1-2 washes before it is time for a redo.  If you are washing more times than that during the week, your twists will not last long.

9) Braid your twists before washing.
Doing this will help to keep your twists intact and minimize frizzing.

10) Airdry in braids.
Not only will this minimize frizzies, but it has the added benefit of minimizing shrinkage.

11) Redo the perimeter only.
Re-twisting the twists on the perimeter (particularly after a wash) will give your overall twist look a fresher appearance.

12) Wear smaller twists.
The smaller the twists, the longer lasting the style.  Bigger twists tend to unravel and frizz faster.

For other posts in the Twist Series, check this label.
If you have questions you would like to be answered in the Twist Series, comment below.


Monique said...

Great tips! Thanks for sharing. I never thought I'd say this, but I miss my twists!

Dani @ OK, Dani said...

This is really helpful!!

Nay said...

Hi Loo
Could you please give me some examples of non-humectant moisturizers that are good to use?


Loo said...

@Monique & Dani: ::waves:: :o)

Loo said...


Of the available moisturizers on the market, I've only tried a few, and of those few, I recommend Pura Naturals Cupuacu Hair Butter or Jane Carter Nourish & Shine. They are butter-based and work best on damp hair (e.g., after a fresh wash).

Kinky-Curly Curling Custard is next on the list. It is water-based and can be applied directly to dry hair. It is ideal if your hair is not a big fan of butters.

If you're up for mixing your own products, you can try Whipped Shealoe. The mix of shea and aloe can work on dry hair. Here is a simple recipe:
I actually use a variation of shealoe on my hair.

Hope this helps! :o)

O0oro0O said...

I love twists but I've never tried rope twist isn't it time consuming to do and isn't it more tedious to unravel above all if it's done on mini-twist (my favourites)?

When I do mine I stretch my hair with thread (a kind of banding method) and the first week to moisturize them without too much shrinkage or frizz I use flaxseed gel then seal with an oil or butter. I don't really mind "frizzness" (does this word exist sorry I'm french lol)so I wash with the twist in like once a week but I only kept mine for about 3 weeks.

Great post I liked (and still do) your former twist series ^-^

Loo said...

@O0oro0O: Glad you enjoy the twist series. After some practice, the rope twist is pretty quick to do. The unravelling is easy. :o)

O0oro0O said...

Ok I may give it a try then ;)

Nay said...

Thanks for that info Loo. I have some Shea butter here so I might give the shealoe a try first before I buy anything...although Jane carter has been on my list for a while! :-)

Nay x


these twist look AWESOME!!!

Claudia said...

I know you finished your twist series ages ago, I was wondering what you did with your hair under your scarf at night? Do you wrap it like relaxed hair? Put it in a bun/ponytail/pineapple? Or just leave it loose?

Thank you so much for this series it's really helpful

Loo said...

Hi Claudia! You're welcome. ;o)

Actually, I've been thinking about starting up the series again, and these are good questions to get it started. I'll post a response later this week. Be on the lookout for it!