A Natural's Guide: Mastering the Twist-Out
When I first decided to go fully natural a year ago, no heat and no chemicals, my hair was a lost cause. All I really knew how to do was wash it put some conditioner in it and throw it up in a bun. My hair was dry and brittle and my curls were in desperate need of a remedy. My roommate, Kayla who is also a natural, introduced me to twist outs and told me about the different tutorials she has watched on Youtube. So, I did some digging of my own and gave it a shot. Those of you who have transitioned or started from scratch know how frustrating and time consuming going natural can be. Most of it is just trial and error; seeing what products and methods do or don't work out. Let me tell you, I was ready to cut all my hair off so many times but I figured I should just stick with it and keep trying different twist outs and styles.
I started out doing a couple two-strand twists and leaving them in for a few hours but my hair was way too thick and I did not care for the results at all. I didn't know the importance of separating my hair when I took out the twists so my hair started to mesh together and would begin to dread because not only was I not letting them dry fully but I wasn't separating the hair so it could continue to dry 100%.
I realized for my hair texture I needed smaller twists and I threw in some different products that wouldn't be so heavy on my hair. A year and several products later and I've finally mastered my twist-out. I started searching around for new and different ways to do my twist out and in my Youtube searches, I found a naturalista with a similar hair texture to mine ( @actually_ashly) her tutorials practically saved my hair's life!
I normally do my twist-outs once a week and every two weeks I co-wash along with an apple cider vinegar rinse once a month. My scalp is on the drier side of the spectrum so washing too much or using too much ACV can cause my hair to be very dry. For me, personally, Shampoos are a hard no. But, someone with a more oily scalp, washing every two weeks or as needed helps with volume and keeping your pores clear to promote hair growth.
If I am co-washing or using an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse, lately, I have been using True By Made Beautiful Co-wash Cleansing Conditioner
and Pure By Made Beautiful Pureifying Rinse
After rinsing my hair with cool water I apply my absolute favorite deep conditioner by Eden Body Works Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner
I leave that in for 30minutes to an hour with a plastic shower cap (or if you're all out of those you can use a plastic bag I do it all the time #brokecollegestudentprobs). I make sure to distribute the deep conditioner all throughout my hair to ensure moisture and for added moisture I mix in olive oil or coconut oil.
Once again, I rinse with cool or cold water to help reduce frizz and detangle with a wide tooth comb and a leave-in conditioner! For a while, I was using the 3-in-1 Revitalize & Refresh Conditioner by The Mane Choice, which was amazing but I recently picked up a leave-in conditioner by As I am and it did wonders for detangling and working through the knots. Once all the tangles are out I wrap my hair with a cotton t-shirt to stretch out my hair and let it get about 50% dry.
After that I section my hair into 4 sections and proceed to do the LCO method. Leave-in, Cream, Oil. I have tried a laundry list of curl creams but the ones that have stuck are Eden Body works Natural Curl Defining Creme from the Coconut Shea line, Design Essentials Deep Moisture Milk Souflee, and
One Decadence Supercream by Deva Curl. I apply my leave-in, curl cream and oil with the praying hands method and finish it off with the rake'n'shake method then separate and twist! I have adopted the three-strand method but I mix in two-strand twists as well.
Watch the video below to learn how to do the three strand method!
Here are some of my results!
Stay tuned for more secrets, tips and tricks for transitioning and natural hair!
- A Sunflower