How To Protective Style with Twists

Loose twists, by far, are my favorite protective style. Twists have many benefits. Not only do they protect your ends from daily wear and tear, but twists are also a fun hairstyle with lots of versatility. If you are interested in rocking twists, here are some helpful tips:

Wash Hair Prior to Twisting

LargeTwistsWith a protective style, it important to start on clean hair. Since you will wear your protective style for at least a few days, you should make sure your scalp and hair are clean. Buildup will not only ruin your style, but cause your scalp to itch prematurely.

Detangle Hair Thoroughly Before Twisting

With any long-term style, it is important to detangle you hair properly. Detangled hair will result in a smooth, sleek look. Also, as your hair sheds in the protective style, the last thing you want is for it to shed into tangled hair. Finally, your detangled hair will result in a fabulous twistout!

Twist on Dry Hair for Maximum Length and Movement

You are welcome to twist on damp hair, but for maximum length twist on dry hair. There are various ways to prep your hair for twists. You can simply blow your hair out with a blow dryer. But if you are weary of heat, you can try air drying your hair in braids or banding you hair.

Twist Hair in Sections

Natural hair can be overwhelming. Whenever styling hair, you should do your hair in sections. Use hair clips to divide your hair in four sections. Braid each section to retain moisture and stretch then secure with a clip. In each section, make a row, do 3-5 twists per row then move on to the next row. To twist hair, use your twisting butter of choice and seal ends with shea butter or oil.

I normally wear loose twists for 2-3 weeks and then wear a twist out for a week. If my hair/scalp needs to be cleansed while in the twists, I put diluted shampoo (dime size amount of shampoo with water) in a dye applicator bottle and then apply to my hair. Make sure to run down the hair shaft so that you don’t create tangles. You can style twists in updos, curls — just like you do with your normal hair.

Do you have any tips for twists? Please share below.

Author: Latoya

Latoya is an academic advisor by day, natural hair enthusiast//writer by night, and wife and mom 24/7. Her last relaxer was in April 2010 and she big chopped in October 2010. Join her as she shares tips and techniques for your natural hair.

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  1. I will try with my long soft black hair.Hope for best results 😀

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  2. I am looking for styles for grey hair and how to keep it shining. My hair is medium length and very thick and soft.

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