This past weekend I ended up attending an anniversary dinner with some friends, and for it I wanted to try something a bit different with my hair. One thing that I did know is that I wanted stretched hair, and after considering braid-outs and bantu knot-outs I settled on a twist-out. Now, up until this past Saturday I have NEVER had a successful twist-out. I’ve tried different butters, creams, gels and a mix of combinations with no success. So, this time I’d decided on giving a dry twist-out a go and see if I can work it out.
A few weeks prior to the dinner I did a dry run on part of my bangs. I gently combed out my natural curl pattern with my fingers until it was fluffy hair with no curl. I then added a bit of Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie and smoothed it along the length of the hair. I twisted, let set and untwist to gauge results. This preliminary test proved that this method may work so, Operation Successful Twist-Out was a go!
I began by blowing out my hair. I decided on blow drying because it was more convenient for me. I don’t own curlformers or flexi rods (and didn’t want to buy them) so I blew it out on a medium setting and as gently as possible for 2 ½ hours removed the curls from my hair.
After that blow drying ordeal and literally breaking a sweat I sat down in front of my tv to start the twisting process:
- I divided my hair in half parting ear to ear and secured that hair out the way
- The back was divided in quarters (4 twists)
- I began by flat twisting using the Naptural85’s technique (in the below video)
- I identified where I wanted my part and made it, and moved the non-working section oh hair out the way.
- Flat twist down the side of my head (3 twists)
- Repeated flat twisting on other side of part (3 twist)
Once all twists were completed I added my own hair lotion to the ends, and added some perm rods to add a bigger curl at the ends
And here is the final result. Overall I am very pleased. My wet twist-outs always look horrible and took forever to do. I really love the way my hair turned out and received a ton of compliments on it. Hey even my Albanian cab driver told my how beautiful and curly it was and how it’s better than the fake hair (hehe I know). So this style is defiantly a keeper. But next attempt at I will opt for removing the natural curls by hand as oppose to the blow dryer, I find no need and breaking out in sweats for the sake of hair