So, you’ve chosen to wear twists as a long-ish term protective style. Great! Read on for some tips to keep them looking good for 2 – 4 weeks.
It starts with the install. Clean hair and clean parts are a must if you want to reduce the amount of tangling you encounter later on. And while you’re making your sections, be mindful not to place parts, and thus tension, in fragile areas. That means your edges, your crown, and wherever you have problems with breakage.
Protect your hair every night just as you normally would. While twists are a protective style overall that doesn’t mean your strands become impervious to friction and mechanical damage. Wrap your hair to reduce frizz and premature wear.
Re-moisturize at least once a week–more if your hair needs it. Here’s my article all about how to moisturize protective styles. Also, try to avoid a heavy hand with products early on to prevent premature build up and dullness.
When I’m wearing twists, I wash every other week. When it’s time to wash your hair, you can choose to take them down, but you can also leave the twists in. Focus on cleaning your scalp and roots, and work gently to reduce frizz. Avoid rubbing your twists and instead use smoothing motions and squeeze. If you wash in twists, you will not get 100% clean, but getting rid of buildup will keep the dreaded flakes away and keep your hair looking shiny.
Re-twist your perimeter, if you must gather your edges. I will just cover them up rather than risk the stress, but I do re-twist those random twists that sometimes get way too puffy at the roots and won’t lie down. I’ve never had to redo my whole head, but some people have no problem doing so.
Stretching your twists prevents shrinkage, which reduces frizz and fly-aways. You can try a roller set after a wash and rock a curled look or just throw those twists in to a ponytail. Wrapping your twists around your head–as you would with straightened hair–and pinning them down is also a good method for stretching shorter hair.
Restyle your twists as they age. Hide puffy roots with a headband. Combat shrinkage with a bun or ponytail. Tame frizz by gathering your twists into an even larger braided or twisted style.
Do you occasionally live in twists? How does that change your routine? Share in the comments below. Don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe. You can also follow me on my other platforms via the sidebar.