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Taking Down Mini-Twists Without Damaging Your Hair

mini-twist roller set (view tutorial)

As many of you know, I love doing dry mini-twists (view tutorial). There is sooo much versatily in them. It almost gives you the feeling having loose straight hair (not that straight is better…lol). But all good things must come to an end. A good rule of thumb is to take down mini-twists after 3 weeks before the hair starts to loc. (I’m guilty of leaving mine in longer…) For me, taking them done is a process.  Here’s the thing, if it took me almost 8 hours to do them, it will take about half as long to take them down. There is no way I would have to time to do that all in one sitting. So, I wear my hair twisted and untwisted over the course of several days until all the hair is untwisted. I even untwist while sitting at my desk at work. Crazy? Maybe. Realistic? Yes! Here’s my process and pics.


The Takedown Technique

hair partially untwisted-love this…

First off, I get my jar of stiff herbal oil (not grease) and coat the twist from root to end. It is important that your fingers and hair are coated with oil to prevent breakage. You can use a liquid herbal oil, but I just find it more cumbersome. I would not, however, use a smoothie or butter creme for taking down mini-twists. I find that the wetness of these products gives me more tangles. If you want to nourish your strands as you take your hair down, mix oil and a little shea butter.

back view-I know there are
some twists that I missed. lol

Let Your Fingers Do the Work

Full Mini-twistout

I begin untwisting at the nape of the neck and work my way up along the edges and temple. I leave the front for last.  I start in the middle of the twist and poke my index finger in between the two strands and slide it down pulling the twist apart. Then I repeat that step at the top of the twist and slide the rest of the twist apart. Sometimes the twist does not pull apart easily. The hair that was shed during the course of time gets tangled into the hair forming a knot. Here’s the part where patience is a virtue. To save your hair, dab some more oil on the tangle and carefully remove each strand from the knot. Sometime rolling and unraveling the knot in between your index finger and thumb will loosen up the hair, making it easier to pull apart the strands. I do not use a comb.

After Care
If your hair and scalp is not too dirty, flaky or itchy, you can get away with wearing a mini-twistout for a few days. The crinkles that are formed are really pretty. I would recommend applying a light coating of your favorite hair lotion, milk, smoothie or creme to add moisture to the hair. Believe me, you hair is thirsty after being twisted for so long, especially if you did wash or apply water during that period. After removing mini-twists, really baby your hair and be kind to it. Follow up with an intense moisturizing shampoo and deep conditioning. If you like this post, you will also like our Facebook and Twitter Posts

Roller-set on Mini Dry Twists

I have a confession. I ran out of sponge rollers for my roller set… However, as a resourceful naturlista, I improvised. A good practice when planning a natural style is to prepare all your tools ahead of time. Knowing how many rollers I had, I made the decision to just do the roller set in front and the right side. It actually turned into a pretty cute style variation. Here are some tips on how I achieved this look:

1. First, my hair was already in mini dry twists. (Click here to see what products and techniques I used.) I coated my hair with some herbal oil. Next, I took a small section (about four twists) and coated it with Elasta QP Design Foam from halfway down to the ends.

2. Next I placed an end wrap sheet (size large or medium) around that section, covering the ends. I placed a sponge roller starting at the end and rolling up and then turning the roller vertical which creates sort a spiral curl effect once you take them down. I only rolled up the hair to about halfway. Sponge rollers give a tight curl with lasting hold.

3. Once I was out of rollers, the remaining hair I flat-twisted up into three sections and secured with bobby pins. The rest of the hair, I let hang down in the back.

4. I left the sponge rollers in overnight and took them down in the afternoon. To style, I gently removed the rollers and twirled the hair around my fingers to create a little spiral. (Note: for real spirals use flexi-rods) I found these cute hair pins at one of those cheap jewelry shops at the mall for $1!!! (and don’t front like you can’t or don’t go in there…lol) And that’s basically it.

Hope you enjoyed this style! Let us know if you have or will try it.

Mini Dry-Twists/ Kinky Twists Using Life Organics Hair Souffle

I was recently chatting with another naturalista about her hair. She had the cutest mini dry-twists/kinky twists (no weave). I asked her did she do them herself and her response was, “Oh, nooooo…I can’t do them on my own head. I don’t have the patience.” I replied, “Oh man, I do that to my hair all the time!”  Seriously, I do. It is the best way for me to give my hair and myself a break from styling (protective styling) and I am happy to say that my hair is in hibernation for the next three weeks! I absolutely love this style! They so versatile. I can pin them back, curl them or whatever. Nonetheless, it did take me an estimated 8 hours to do (with interruption). Here are some tips on achieving this style and a mini review on the product I used.

1. I wash and conditioned my hair. For added length, I stretched the hair with the blow dryer and comb attachment. I conditioned my hair with hair milk and applied oil spray before adding heat. I left the hair poofy and frizzy on the ends. I find that doing it this way adds to the “kinky twist” look. The “kinkyness” also helps to hold the twist together.
Disclaimer: I do not recommend constantly blowing out the hair to get more length because this causes breakage. Every once in a while is okay. I have to admit, I can be a bit of a “length junkie,” not acknowledging that my addiction to length could be counterproductive to me retaining the length that I desire. (Note: This blog is about transparency and being real.)


before

2. Starting at the nape of the neck, I make a part with my rattail comb all the way across about 1/4″ high. To save time, I don’t use a comb to make the individual twist. Separating with my fingers, I make the twist between 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick.

3. Of course, I’m curled up on the couch. I have a handheld mirror, only to check the width of hair in my hand before I twist each twist to make sure that I an being relatively consistent. (Note: Not all the twist are the same width. It doesn’t look bad because the difference is not extreme. Don’t obsess over perfection or you may go crazy. lol)

after

4. To twist, I placed a finger-full of LifeOrganics Hair Souffle from root to end and then proceeded to twist. I absolutely love this stuff. It’s loaded with shea butter and essential oils and smells good enough to eat! The consistency is stiff, (and not gloppy or jell)y which holds the hair together well without build up or hardness. It glides on smooth between your hair and your fingers which helps you to twist faster.

5. And, that’s basically it. You will want to pay attention to how you part the hair in the front so that your twists will fall where you want them. The hardest part is patiently twisting until the entire head is done (and not cheating by adding twists that are too big because you didn’t feel like parting that section into four pieces instead of just two…lol) Lastly, I’m careful about how I tie my hair at night so that all the twists lie flat and I’m not looking crazy in the morning with twists going every which way.

Tell us, have you done or plan to do this style?

Dry twists that last…but don’t make it too long…

If you asked me, “what’s your favorite natural hairstyle?”, I’d probably have to say, “skinny two-stand dry twists.”  This style will last for as long as you want. It’s also a great way to start locs. I typically keep my skinny twists in for about 3-4 weeks (though some would argue that this is way too long for risk of the hair locking up). This style is great for looking good in summertime heat or those cold winters when a hat is an absolute must. In this post I’ll explain to you how I achieve this look as well as tips on what NOT to do when wearing this style.

The Process:
  1. Wash and WELL condition the hair. You’ll want to deep condition if possible because this style is meant to last a while and you don’t want to get excessive dryness, knots and tangles.
  2. Section off the hair and use your favorite blow drying technique to elongate the hair. I use a blow dryer with a comb attachment to semi-straighten my hair. It’s not necessary for the hair to be “bone straight,” just straight enough to give you some length.
  3. Condition the hair with olive or herbal oil. Rub a generous amount throughout the hair. I also like to put a little bit a shea butter moisturizer throughout my hair as well for extra hydration.
  4. Start at the nap of the neck and create a horizontal part about ¼ inch high. Grab a small section of hair about 3/8 of an inch (take out a ruler if you must or just judge from the picture above). Rub a dab of your favorite butter, palmade, or “stiff” oil (oil in a jar) on that section. Begin two-strand twisting. Twist all the way to the end and twirl the end around your finger to create a curl.
  5. Repeat step four until your entire head it covered. When you are a little more than halfway done, put a part in the top of your head however you want the hair to lay. I always go for the “sexy slant” part (diagonal part).
Upkeep
This style will last forever. Every 2-3  days you will want to refresh the hair by pouring a little herbal oil in your hands and rubbing it throughout your hair. Be sure to wear your satin bonnet at night. Some women I know like to wash their hair with the twists in because they say it helps prevent knotting and tangling. I personally just gently scrub my scalp with herbal cleanser if I feel like I have too much residue buildup. You can also do cute styles like sponge roller sets for a curly look.
Removal
Taking care to remove the twist properly is very important because if you don’t you could cause severe damage to the hair. DO NOT pull apart the twist to take them down. Instead, unravel them in the opposite direction. Your hair will most likely have tangles (the longer you keep them in, the more tangles you may get) and pulling them apart will create knots. To help prevent knots, rub your favorite butter on each twist before unraveling. If you do encounter a knot, carefully remove the hair from the knot  strand by strand with the hair butter on your finger tips. The worst thing I’ve ever done is rip my hair out of the knot. (smh)
A word to the wise, hydrate and be proactive and cautious when wearing this style. Nonetheless, this style is perfect for a busy woman like me.