Curl Popping Twist Out Tutorial

Three years ago (Sept. 2011) I went natural. I big chopped again last year (2013), right before my two-year naturalversary because I wanted a tapered cut. The first few years I avoided heated in my regular routine. Over the last few months, I have adopted blow drying because it minimizes my tangles and speeds up the drying process.

Step 1: Cleanse & Condition

For four weeks I have done apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinses in addition to the regular wash and condition. I am in the process of evicting pesky dandruff that is living rent-free on my scalp. I wash and condition once a week right now. I deep condition every other week.

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Step 2: Blow Dry

I blow dry in sections on low heat and medium speed. 10784984_740260529363051_320441248_n

Step 3: Moisturize, Twist, & Seal.

I lightly oil my scalp with cold-pressed castor oil before twisting to help with eliminating the dandruff, then I begin the twisting process. In sections, I dampen my hair with water using the spay bottle, then apply my leave-in (avoiding application near the scalp). I gently rub in the leave-in until there is no visible residue. Next I apply a small amount of oil to the hair to seal in the moisture, then twist. Sometimes I twist and apply the sealer last. 10844227_321461368063450_1689997108_n

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Step 4: Style

I aim to have my twists done by 6pm so that my hair is dry by morning. Dry twists and defined curls go hand in hand.  These days, I typically style my hair in a puff because it’s low maintenance and works for my lifestyle.10848212_793782650692146_708238981_n

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My First Great Twist Out

Fingers crossed, I attempted a twist out for a James Bond themed party. My goal was to resemble Naomie Harris in Skyfall. Did I achieve it? You be the judge!

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Get The Look

-Start with stretched hair (I started from an old Curlformers set)

-Finger detangle hair by section (I created 6 sections) using a small amount of water (apply water using a spray bottle) followed by Cantu Shea Butter (avoid adding moisture at the root to minimize shrinkage)

-After detangling a section, add a little more Cantu Shea Butter making sure that all strands are coated (give your ends a little extra love)

-Two-strand twist the section and continue the process until each section is twisted

-Allow twists to COMPLETELY dry

-Once twists are dry, add a small amount of light oil (I used coconut oil) to your finger tips to avoid frizz while separating twists

-Separate the twists from the root, then separate the subsequent sections (one twist becomes 4 sections)

-Use a pic at the roots of your hair to create volume

*If you are not satisfied, continue to separated sections and pic until you achieve desired volume & look

So, You’re Thinking About Going Natural?

So, you’re thinking about going natural? That means you’re researching and probably want to understand shit naturals say.

While researching, I had so many  WTF moments. By research, I of course  mean watching countless YouTube videos for days on end that teach you how to care for your natural texture. Sometimes I stopped 30 seconds into a video to open another window to find the meaning of some random term.  It can be frustrating like a foreigner giving you directions in Japanese when you clearly only speak English. To help minimize your WTF moments i’ve compiled a list of basic terms. I will continue adding to the list. You can find it under the Curl Talk tab titled Terminology.

A        

armpit length (APL): refers to hair length

B

baggy method: to cover hair with a plastic shower cap or bag while deep conditioning

big chop (BC): cutting off all the relaxed and/or chemically treated hair

bra strap length (BSL):  refers to hair length

braid out: a style achieved by sectioning hair, braiding it and unbraiding it once it has dried

C

creamy crack: chemical relaxer or perm product                         

co-wash: to wash hair with conditioner instead of shampoo

D

deep condition: allowing conditioner to sit in hair for an extended period of time

dust: a minimal hair trim (cut ends look like dust on the floor)      

E – M

extra virgin olive oil (EVOO): oil used to seal in moisture

hand in hair: a disease that causes one to constantly touch one’s hair

N

naturalversary: the anniversary of the day one became natural

P

pre-poo: to condition hair before shampooing to help maintain moisture through the shampooing process

product junkie: a person addicted to buying hair products

pineapple: a method of securing hair to preserve curls overnight. Hair is gathered in a loose high ponytail and the end result resembles a pineapple

R

rod set: using perm rods to set curls      

S

seal: to secure moisture in hair by applying oil or butter after applying a water based moisturizer

second day hair: hair that looks good when you wake up the next morning and doesn’t need much if anything done to it

shea butter: conditioning cream used to moisturize hair

shoulder length (SL): refers to hair length

slip: refers to how slippery a product is. Often used to describe a conditioner or detangling product

straw set: using drinking straws to set curls

T – Z

teeny weeny afro (TWA): refers to hair length often after a big chop

transitioning: the time period between your last relaxer and becoming fully natural

twist out: a style achieved by sectioning it, two-stand twisting it and untwisting it once dried

waist length hair (WSL): refers to hair length

wash n go: co-washing hair and going