Twists


For anyone who is curious about how I keep up with my hair, this is what I’ve fallen into the habit of doing lately. First, the items:

Shampoo: Arganic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Infinite Moisturizing Shampoo.
I’m looking for a new bottle or a good replacement, as I am almost out. It’s sulfate-free!
Conditioner: Silkience Silk-Smooth Conditioner
I really like this conditioner! It’s cheap and works well. Also sulfate-free, but has alcohol. However, it has never made my hair feel  dry…
Rinse: Apple Cider Vinegar
I just filled my spray bottle and poured some vinegar and a little coconut oil. You can find a recipe anywhere!
Sprays: Water & Coconut Oil (picture of the coconut oil I used in this post)
Used for wetting dry hair that needs to be styled and for whenever I feel like my hair needs a little spritz.
Palmer’s Olive Oil Conditioning Spray Oil
I don’t use it too much. It smells weird, but my scalp likes it.
Rasta Locks & Twist No More Itch Gro Spray
For calming an itchy scalp in between washings!
Creams: Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream
I mostly use it for moisturizing, haven’t tried it for curl definition next. Maybe next post? No… Next post will be how I bleach my hair!
Softee Indian Hemp Hair Grease
Can this be considered a cream? I know I shouldn’t use it, but it’s more convenient that oil.
Tools: Large-toothed comb
Paddle brush & boar bristle brush
Ponytail holders

Nearly every weekend, usually on a Friday I wash my hair. I start by parting my hair into four sections and repeating the same steps, one section at a time.

  1. Get section wet and spray down with ACV rinse. I concentrate mainly on my scalp because it helps control my itchy dry scalp.
  2. On shampoo days, I take a little of the Arganics and rub it through the section and my scalp. It’s sulfate free, so it doesn’t lather very much.
  3. Next (or first if I’m not shampooing that day) I use the Silkience conditioner. It smells like apples and completely eliminates the stink of the vinegar. Also, it doesn’t leave an overpowering smell of its own on your hair (probably because it’s cheap).
  4. I detangle with my large-toothed comb and sometimes brush it out.
  5. I then twist the section up and secure it with a ponytail holder.
  6. Wrap up in an old t-shirt to soak up excess water without over-drying or distressing hair.

Voila! My wash regimen. Styling is usually a bit more varied, of course, depending on the style. But my go to style lately has been twists or braids. I also do one section at a time here. This is how I go about it:

  1. I take a lock of hair and spray it with the coconut oil water mix if the hair has become too dry (like when I don’t do my hair on a wash day).
  2. Lightly grease the scalp around the lock (or the oil, if you’re a better person than me)
  3. The lock then gets a finger of the Cantu curling cream worked through it and brushed straight with the boar bristle brush. (I get a really pretty curling effect when I do this, but I’ve never let it stay like that. I ought to try one day!)
  4. Twist or braid (Or finger coil or bantu knot) the lock.

And then you would continue throughout the whole head with that. It’s very simple, but can be time consuming. Lately I’ve been making really large twists out braids and then pulling it into a ponytail in the morning. Sometimes I may undo them, sometimes not. It’s usually not very pretty or stylish, but it has been getting the job done, and I noticed today that my hair feels a lot softer and looks shinier and stronger.

Good luck, all! Tonight I’m going to start packing after I finish my hair. I’m moving next week! 🙂

I was inspired to do mini-twists (my third try) again to get ready for my first real spring break vacation! Every year before this I’ve been a high schooler or stuck working a new job that I couldn’t take a week off from just yet. Well, my wonderful boyfriend and I saved up all the money we could and just…left. Haha, it was great! We brought friends, had a crappy hotel, fun, food and drinks…Oh, but you’re here about hair, right?

I don’t have any recent pictures, but here are some twist I’ve had before, as a reference.

Now, while shopping at the beauty supply store I came across this:

The famous ecostyler! I’ve heard a lot of good things and have seen it many tines, but this was the first time I decided to buy it because I knew exactly what I could do with it. You see, my scalp gets itchy. Everyday for most of my life, before and after going natural. So it had only been a few days to a week since I had these twists in and they were already looking fuzzy! This is why I decided to wash and moisturize my poor scalp (I also bought Jamaican Mango & Lime itch relief spray for good measure. Life saver!) and use the Ecostyler gel to help keep my twists intact. Take a look.

ECOSTYLER | WATER

(It’s the less frizzy looking side with the product) Not only did my hair naturally curl up because of the water, the Ecostyler held the twists, the curly ends, and even made it shinier! I was very pleased once it was dry and even slept on it multiple times without any problems.


I’ll stop gushing over how great this was for the beach…Eventually. Water, wind, humidity and sun did nothing to it. I could headbang to my boyfriend’s favorite dubstep songs (ew!) and it was very touchable.

It even looked cool and stylish as a twist out, as opposed to the twist out from the last mini-twists:

My only problem was that it didn’t turn into an awesome fro like my last two minitwists did. Must have been the ecostyler!

It was still cute and pretty durable. And a great protective style. After I combed it out nearly 3 weeks later, there was only minimal hair loss. (And for those wondering, I’m fairly certain I used pure Shea butter and cantu moisturizer for my initial twists)

Happy twisting, everyone!

(Hint hint! The next post may be about straight hair! ;])

I have a bunch of photos in this one! On January 31st, I didn’t know what to do with my hair. The cute curls from my previous post had degenerated into a poofy, lopsided fro, so after an hour or so of manipulating my hair and eyeing several different products, even looking online for inspiration, I chose to put in twists (very uninspired). First, I sectioned off the front of my hair so that I could pull it back into a little hump later.

Then, starting from the back, I took a vertical section of my hair and divided it evenly into fourths. I continued this going up to the front of my head, dividing as necessary to keep the twists about the same size. Each lock of hair I sprayed with water, added shea
butter, and then twisted. My hair tends to unravel, so I used little black rubber bands to keep the twists together until my hair dried. The first section I made in the front became a very fat twist. Finally:

Although I used shea butter, the front section looked dry. I just added some Hawaiian Silky 14 in 1. In the morning when I woke up, I carefully untwisted my hair, and voila!

Cute, right? It even lasted a few days! Day 2:


Day 3 looked alright, and it would have looked fine on Day 4, had I not been pulling the
twists apart in my hair. By the fourth day I looked like this:

I suppose I could have added moisturizer and pinned it back, but I was ready to try something new, which you’ll see in my the next post.
Final Verdict?: I really liked the result, and because of the twist size, the process only took about an hour. The key to this style is using a LOT of shea butter. I noticed the twisted that had more shea butter lasted even until the fourth day (if I hadn’t pulled them yet). The problem here is that they get kind of greasy, and if you’re anything like me, pure shea butter makes your scalp itch really bad! Also, my boyfriend didn’t really like my hair like this (although others did!). He really prefers my standard fro. Despite that, this style is a keeper! I’m probably going to tweak the process though.

On Sunday, I was inspired to try large twists because of this video. I shouldn’t have tried to emulate her because I only have 6 inches of hair to her…I don’t know how long her gorgeous hair is, but I’m no where near it!

After I washed my hair with my Suave Professionals, I towel-dried it and began twisting using Jamaican and Lime Locking Gel, hoping it would help my hair keep the shape. It helps to divide it into sections.

As you can see, I held it down with bobby pins. As you can’t see, I sprayed it with Cantu oil sheen and Garnier Fructis hair spray for extra hold. Then I wrapped it up and went to bed.

Monday afternoon, I woke up like this:

Yeeeeeah. That didn’t look so great. And it was still wet. Solution?: Retwist into smaller sections, throw on a hat, and go to class!

I know I look a bit yucky here...But hey it was early.

Later on when it was revealed, it look like this. Not too bad, but the front look awful, which is why I have it hair-clipped down. Monday night, I retwisted it with water and shea butter into even SMALLER twists.

So, Tuesday morning I went to a job interview with only half of my head untwisted. I think it looks okay, and even works great in a professional setting! (I actually took this picture a few minutes before posting, the pictures I took this morning looked even better, but didn’t save)

Final verdict?: PASS!
It took me a bit of experimenting, but I found a style that I like. The process reminded me of bantu knots, which has a really pretty effect on my hair (I’ll show ya later), but because of the size and the way the twists were kept together, made it less time consuming.  It’s also not bad a a protective style for the front of my hair, which tends to break off.

What do you think?