For years, I’ve always wanted to perfect the twist out. I love all heat-free textured styles but I found that braid outs worked better while my hair was relaxed yet as a newly naturalista, I’m loving the twistout! I have so many styles I want to experiment with, but honestly my twist out is pretty fail-proof and I’m usually short on time so I just go for what I know, and the twist out….I know! (sorry for the picture quality…all cell phone pics)
To begin, I shampooed my hair twice with KeraCare detangling shampoo and finished the bottle!!! #winning! Next, I applied Bee Mine Bee-U-ti-Ful moisturizing deep conditioner, then sat for about 20 minutes using my Hot Heads Deep Conditioning cap. After applying the conditioner, I twisted my hair in sections to evenly distribute the product and keep my hair manageable for the rest of my wash day. I rinse my hair in sections as well, then when I finished, I blow dried each section using the Kiss Ceramic Handless Blow Dryer. This blow dryer is so awesome!
I cannot tell ya’ll how happy I am to have transitioned for two years without big-chopping before I was ready. Even though my hair is still shorter than I’m used to, I have plenty of length to style and enjoy. As usual, I followed the LOC Method for my styling routine with the following products:
1 – Liquid) Bee Mine Juicy Spritz (+ a dab of Luscious cream to my ends) 2 – Oil) Grapeseed Oil 3 – Cream) African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Curl Styling Custard. Now that I am changing my focus back to retention again, I wanted to make sure my ends were well moisturized and nothing does that better than my Bee Mine Luscious cream! Also, I’m experimenting with a few pocketbook friendly styling items and I really enjoy this custard – more to come, of course. Next I flat twisted the majority of my hair, leaving an area out in the middle that was two strand twisted for extra volume. Perm rods were added to the ends and I sat under my hooded dryer for about 15 minutes and my hair was completely dry. I love my dryer….I can’t imaging life without it!
I’ve learned I’m much better with flat twists than free two strand twists. My results are more consistent and I feel I get more stretch with flat twists. Normally I choose a flat twisted style that I can wear for a few days, if not all week, then release the resulting curls on the weekends. Today, though, I had plans the same night so I finished the style and took the twists out the same day. As usual, I’m loving the results. Even if I’m starting to become predictable, and dare I say, boring with my hair?!
Oh, and those edges? Design Essentials Sleek Max Edge Control – Maximum Hold. Yes ma’am! One of my faves when I need them LAYED, not just tamed! To maintain, I’ll pineapple for a few nights before pinning up and doing some type of roll and tuck or roll and pin style. I’m not into retwisting during the week unless I absolutely have to.