1. Damp Hair
As simple as it may seem to just do your twist out on already dry hair, this is a set up for failure as far as longevity is concerned. Try twisting your hair on DAMP hair. This not only will give you the most optimal definition, it locks the style in longer. Avoid manipulating your hair when it is completely wet as this is when your hair is most prone to damage.
3. Use The Right Product
Utilizing both a gel and a butter (i.e. shea) will give you a very pretty and defined twist out, and will help hold the style longer. You get the best of both worlds with this combo (moisture and hold).
3. Pay Attention To The Ends
Instead of trying to twist all the way to the end, try coiling your ends around your fingers or a rod. This prevents a frizzy mess on the ends of your hair, making your twist out a more sleek and fresh look.
The larger you twist your hair, the less defined the twists will be once you untie them, also leading to reversion. Try making smaller twists in your hair, and wearing them for a 3-5 days before you untie them. This guarantees a well defined and long lasting style.
5. No Borrowing
So at some point while twisting you get to a point where one side of the twist has no more hair to twist. Instead of trying to borrow hair from the other side just end the twist and coil the ends. This prevents the often disastrous, frizzy mess of trying to untie them.
6. Over Separating?
Separate each twist into two sections, if possible, or up to four sections at the maximum. Any further separation can contribute to frizz and shorter wear of the style.
7. Humectants NO NO
Try to avoid moisturizers that contain humectants (e.g., glycerin, propylene glycol, etc.), which are meant to draw in moisture from the air and thus, may shorten the duration of your twist out. Additionally, keep moisturizing to a minimum after unleashing your twist out. In order to do this, moisturize before taking down your twists.
9. Secure It
You aren’t a REAL natural if you don’t have a satin bonnet. If you have short to medium hair simply just place the bonnet over hair before bed. For those with longer hair try the pineapple method. Pull the hair up above your head in a high ponytail, and in the morning release and fluff out.
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