If you read my Winter Regime Update post, then you would have seen that I have been consistently doing mini twists as my protective style during the week. I am completely in love with the twists that I put in this week, so I wanted to share the details and some photos.
No Heat - My scalp has been quite dry recently, which I am sure has something to do with the fact that I have been lightly blowdrying it after washing to thin my roots out a bit before twisting. As a result, I opted to play the long game this week and let my hair airdry and stretch it without applying heat.
After washing my hair I put it into 5 bantu knots and left them in for a few hours. When it was around 50% dry I unravelled the bantu knots and halfed the sections so that it would dry a little quicker and stretch my hair at the roots more. I left these in overnight and until the afternoon the next day (see why I said I was playing the LONG game now?)
Results - My hair was left feeling more moisturised than when I blow-dry it and it stretched just as well! You can see in this photo that the roots weren't left puffy at all.
Products used -
Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie > Great for twisting with as it gives a little bit of hold but doesn't make hair stiff at all as well as keeping hair moisturised. It is also great for twistouts and I am pulling to unravel these twists for a killer one at the weekend!
My DIY Shea Butter & Sweet Almond Oil Whip to seal > Just the right consistency to seal in the moisture during this awful weather and light enough to not weigh the hair down.
Virgin Coconut Oil > Put on my scalp in all the section parts. Coconut oil is great for moisturizing dry scalps and strengthening hair.
Rope Twist Method
I twist using the rope twist method, which you can see a tutorial for >here< (It's a long video, but there is no need to watch it all!).I find that this method makes the twists tighter and helps them to stay neater for a longer time, especially at the roots! My hair is very soft so often the roots become messy quickly and this is seems to work well as a solution to this.
So basically, the moral of the post is that I love these twists! They seem to be coming out on top as my #1 protective style this winter!