Good day, ya’ll, Good day. I am so excited to be sharing this with you, but I have finally mastered a very important skill. And it only took me five, no six years to master. Natural hair–a crown and a beast all at the same time. Our natural hair has the propensity to teach us many things. In my opinion, one of those lessons is to be patient while learning to take care of it. I say that because that’s precisely what I had to do to get to this point. If you become frustrated and dissatisfied with your hair, let me tell you, just like everything in life it’s a learning experience, but if you commit to loving it, it will work for you. Any who, below, I share a tutorial and key details of my experience with my FINALLY perfect twist out.
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Watch the tutorial below
Naturally, on wash days, I rev up my youtube and let it go. I find different tutorials about hair, make-up, and other various topics I find interesting. I call this my self-care time. Yet, when I watch the twist out and other hair tutorials, I find myself trying to emulate exactly what I see. In doing so, I become disappointed every time because of one key difference. My hair ain’t theirs. And I say that will much passion. These ladies have that wet wet hair, or the type of hair, that if they wet it, it curls up really pretty, and in essence that’s all they have to do. I get frustrated, and start to feel like a bald-headed scally wag because a. my hair doesn’t do what theirs does, and b. it does not grow the way theirs does.
I played this game with my emotions for a long while, until finally I took to relying and enjoying what my hair does do. In fact, I committed months on end, to only wearing my natural hair out so I could get to know it better and learn how to manage it as it is. It was tough. In fact, the first few days, I wanted to put some braids in so bad, but this is a story for another day. At the end of this personal experiment, I learned how to create the perfect look for my hair by practicing my twist out over and over again. I swapped products to see which combination worked best. I even tested the best ways to refresh my twist out right before it goes stale and reduces my self-esteem. It was an arduous task, but the outcome was me loving my hair more, and most importantly knowing how to treat it and care for it.
Break it down, B:
I had to learn to work with what I have without comparing it to the next persons. And since I let myself free in that way, I love my hair so much more. It looks so good even my mom compliments it, and that was a long overdue. You know how hard it is to please my mom when it comes to my hair? To this day she treats it like it her crown and joy, but I digress.
I challenge you sis, love on your hair some. Play in it and with it, joyfully, and you’ll learn how to make your own magic in lieu of what the gurus suggest.
About my Perfect Twist out
Products & Tools:
- Camille Rose Moisture Butter– I find butter’s work best for my hair. Mind you my hair is 4C, but it is thinner than mosts, so heavy creams and puddings do not work for me. Later on in my journey, I found the difference between a successful twist out and a hairdo that was due for a do over was changing from a smoothie to a butter
- Water Mixture– Read this carefully, I START MY TWIST OUT WITH BLOW DRIED HAIR. Read it again. lol I say that because none of the videos I watched when I was learning shared that tidbit. Starting on blow dried makes my curly fro look fuller, and it helps me twist tighter. That said, you never want to apply product to dry hair. You want to give the product something to help it treat the hair, and water does the trick. Not to drench and curl, but to spritz slightly. I use a mixture of water, aloe vera juice, and jojoba & castor oil.
- Traditional Tools– Rat Tail comb for parting, Clips for holding your hair in place, brush and/or tooth brush for laying edges, a mirror for checking the back, and a pic for foofing.
Retention & Upkeep
- I find the twist out lasts for about three days before it needs to be refreshed.
- Near the refresh date, I apply leave in conditioner to promote moisture and shine.
- I sleep with a bonnet, unless it needs to be refreshed.
I hope this post helped. I know I’ve been trying to figure all this out for the longest of time, so my hope is that my experience will cut your “figuring it out time” in a half. Watch the video to see how I twist, the order I apply products, and foofing in action.
Remember though ladies, its your hair and your journey. The more time you spend loving on it, the better it will be.
Call me curl-crazed, but there’s just something about a head full of waves that can command any room and make any outfit more interesting.– Elaine Welteroth
- Learning how to care for your own hair requires time and trial and error.
- The more time you spend loving on it, the better it will be.
- You have good hair too!
Watche the Tutorial Below
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